evolutionary spatial reinforcement |
immersive audio | show control
TiMax is the global market leader in immersive Spatial Reinforcement and stage tracking for vocal localisation, delivering unparalleled realism, flexibility and reliability to premium live performances, built on a proprietary dynamic delay-matrix spatial audio processor, dsp and software platform.
corporates • auto show • launch
experiential marketing • conference
faith • lecture • training
TiMax provides outstanding message impact and engagement for discerning audiences, delegates, guests, journalists and congregations worldwide, via dynamic immersive audio processing coupled with integrated playback, editing and versatile spatial rendering and showcontrol workflows.
museum ● expo ● gallery ● exhibit
planetarium ● theme park
cinema ● ride car ● VR/AR
TiMax offers integrators an exclusive one stop shop for immersive multimedia AV experiences, rides and themed environments, with a unique show-in-a-box combination of integrated audio dsp, zoning, playback, spatialisation, scheduling, sequencing and external show control interactivity.
TiMax spatial reinforcement and immersive soundscapes have become the New Normal for discerning sound designers of premier live performances, presentation events and experiential AV installations.
TiMax provides practical and flexible object-based tools for rendering immersive stage panoramas plus fully spatialised static or dynamic multichannel 3D surround playback, effects and ambience with expanded sweetspot. All this plus integral and versatile showcontrol makes TiMax2 SoundHub truly a show-in-a-box, with unparalleled functionality for a single standalone unit.
Each SoundHub system incorporates a scaleable object-based multi-channel delay-matrix and dsp engine to handle multiple sources and multiple zones in live performance, presentation projects and AV installations, ranging from theatre, opera, corporates, cruise ships and house of worship through to museums, experiences, attractions, theme park rides, hotels and clubs.
The compact 2U TiMax SoundHub chassis provides 16 input and 16 outputs in analogue or AES3 format which is expandable up to 64x64 with options for Dante and MADI. There’s also input and output parametric EQ for source sweetening and room tuning, nested channel grouping for easy source and zone management, and built-in random access audio playback up to 64-tracks.
Every matrix crosspoint provides level adjustment for source mixing and zone distribution plus the TiMax speciality of automated and editable crosspoint dynamic delay adjustment for creating multiple static or dynamically variable precedence audio localisations. Multi-variable, editable and freely assignable Image Definition spatial objects greatly simplify the precise rendering of spatial reinforcement localisation and immersive playback and 3D effects.
Accurate audio localisation is vital for directing a group of listeners to a specific performer on stage, a museum exhibit, or a presentation speaker. This helps a system provide intelligibility and message impact on top of uniform sound distribution. When combined with the revolutionary TiMax Tracker system, the TiMax Soundhub makes a performer’s audio smoothly follow them round the stage without attention from the sound engineer.
• 16 x 16 audio dsp and dynamic delay-matrix entry-level platform
• Expandable up to 64 x 64 in a single 2U chassis, networkable into much larger systems
• Analogue or SRC AES3 digital I/O plus optional MADI and Dante
• Flexible input and output AES3 SRCs handle multiple simultaneous sample-rates
• Internal single or dual SSD 16 up to 64-track audio playback server and effects
• 4-band parametric input and 8-band parametric output equalisation
• Spatial Image object, EQ libraries and system templates transferable between Shows
• Object-based delay-matrix for static and dynamic audio localisation and spatialisation
• Multi-client PC and Mac software for show programming and control
• SoundHub-R, -S, -M and -VR versions to cover wide-ranging applications and markets
• Advanced smooth delay-panning algorithms for ultimate transparency
• Standalone operation for Cue recall, showcontrol and Zone level control
• Colour LCD screen with simple front panel controls and menus
• 32 assignable input and output level control Groups
• MIDI, SMPTE, GPIO, XML, Date/Time control and triggering
• Wired or wireless networked IP control from multiple computers, AMX, Crestron, iPad
TASK-BASED PROGRAMMING AND CONTROL SOFTWARE
A PC and Mac compatible software suite allows the sound designer and systems integrator to quickly dial in all source mixing and routing, zone levels, EQ and Cue Snapshots. S-Version adds a suite of TimeLine, PanSpace and StageSpace object-based spatial rendering tools to create immersive dynamic spatialisation, playback and show control Cues.
A show Cues and playback content are uploaded onto the TiMax Soundhub’s internal SSD’s and can then run from the internal Date/Time scheduler and front panel, PC/Mac computer or remote external showcontrol systems via the integral GPIO, MIDI, MTC, XML interfaces. Complete shows, including audio content, can be exported and imported as Archives for easy portability.
Each Cue can crossfade between different matrix and zone level/delay settings using Snapshots which can also recall EQ’s, and/or trigger multiple TimeLine dynamic spatialisation effects via Image Definition objects and audio playback events. Every Input channel has three submix inputs: Analogue/AES; Playback; or Network (Dante or MADI), which can also be switched or cross-faded by a Cue Snapshot. Each Output channel also has its own programmable delay adjustment for conventional multi-speaker system alignment.
An overall System Preset allows permanent speaker management changes to be stored as they get incremented during rehearsals, such as level trims and EQ settings for individual speaker zones and subs. The System Preset is loaded each time the Show is opened, and automatically initialises values for Output level, EQ and delay as well as global parameters such as stage tracking matrix crossfade times. Other Cue Snapshots can still be programmed to alter these Output parameters on a scene by scene basis.
All programming functions appear totally “task-based” to the user, using drag’n drop with minimal keystrokes and no CAD-style block-diagram programming. Familiar control functions such as Group faders, meters, EQ displays and libraries plus Cue Lists can be spread out across multiple windows and screens.
Single or multiple TiMax2 Soundhub units can be accessed simultaneously from any number of PC or Mac clients via a simple zero-config plug ‘n play system. Multiple units can be networked to appear as one large system or as a set of separate sub-systems.
TiMax SoundHub S-Version software provides an advanced showcontrol and sound design environment for more demanding high-end productions and events.
Fully integrated with the audio matrix control screens, S-Version incorporates TimeLine and PanSpace Cue programming and object-based spatial rendering combined with a powerful multi-channel playback engine and editor.
• Object-based spatial rendering and control
• Multi-channel sound effects editing and management
• Comprehensive host and slave showcontrol resources
• Advanced embedded TiMax Tracker functionality (soon)
S-Version allows Cue events to be programmed against individual Cue timelines. To help you during rehearsals, linked playback and Show cursors advance across the Show’s drag ‘n drop multitrack waveform window to display the timings of Cue events. A set of progress bars on the Cue List mimic this activity to keep you informed during the show.
A Cue can contain single audio events or composites of multiple audio events, with overlapping multichannel playback, looping, object-based panning and mix automation. Showcontrol Events are visually displayed on their own timeline bar within each Cue where they can be independently time-slipped relatively other cue events, audio clips and showclocks.
All Trigger and Event activity works without a computer attached to the unit, so one or more TiMax SoundHub-S units can function as a true standalone showcontrol slave or host system. It can even start the Show off itself at the same time every day, plus have special Cues stored to play just on certain dates or tailored for specific times of day. Showcontrol events such as MIDI Prog, Note, MTC Start/Stop, ShowClock Start/Stop, Go Cue follow-ons etc can be arranged to trigger at any time during any Cue, and Cues can carry multiples of Events at user-defined intervals. A Pre-Load event can be used to ensure multitrack music content plays perfectly in sync.
TimeLine AND PanSpace SPATIAL RENDERING
Programming of immersive spatialisation and panning effects uses a unique virtual object called an Image Definition comprising a set of matrix level and delay parameters configured to create a desired localisation. Animated multichannel spatialisation effects are programmed in two distinct and complimentary fashions: TimeLine panning, by placing Image Definition objects onto a waveform track to use it as the timeline for the pan; or PanSpace programming where you create pan effects more organically on a visual representation of the space.
In either case TiMax seamlessly interpolates between these objects, creating a smooth, immersive pan effect free of any hot-spots or holes. Any Cue can contain any number of pan events and mix automation on parallel tracks, which works equally well on external sources as internal playback tracks
Spatial pan rendering in PanSpace is done by dragging the mouse around multiple Image Definition objects placed onto a spatial representation of the space. Multiple Pan trajectories between pairs or groups of Image Definition objects can be recorded then de-constructed for editing numerically so you can infinitely vary pan laws and individual trajectory segment timings. The wishes of directors can be satisfied easily, predictably and quickly in demanding tech rehearsal situations.
Pan laws and timings can be infinitely varied in the TimeLine by slipping the position of Image Definition objects on a waveform track. PanSpace Nodes also appear automatically on the TimeLine tracks and can be similarly slipped into place to sync with relevant audio clips and showcontrol events. External sources, e.g. from QLab or Ableton, can be panned in the TimeLine by dropping Image Definitions (or PanSpace Nodes) onto dummy TimeLine tracks representing the external sources as virtual TimeLine playback tracks.
Familiar looking Timeline Edit functions allow sound clips to be manipulated and shaped extensively. Non-destructive editing allows Play Zones to be trimmed on-the-fly in rehearsals, as well as Loop Zones, loop repeats and crossfade times, plus Volume Profiling for mix automation.
Mix and spatialisation parameters can be linked across stereo or multichannel clips and TimeLine Pan and Volume nodes can be copied between clips. Individual clips or groups of clips can be Copy/Pasted between Cues with all Edit, Pan and Volume profile parameters intact. TimeLine and PanSpace screens can be floated out onto an additional monitor. Entire Shows can be Archived for export, including all audio clips, edits, dynamic pans and showcontrol data.
StageSpace SPATIAL REINFORCEMENT AUTO-RENDERING
StageSpace provides auto-calculation of spatial reinforcement localisation zone object level and delay parameters based on a scaled picture of speaker locations in a dimensioned plan of the space.
Different speaker type, throw and dispersion characteristics can be assigned to speakers, which get dropped onto the plan with their targeting and coverage areas displayed on the StageSpace.
A single click allows all or selected Zone objects to be calculated instantly, including all speakers or specific groups of speakers. Intelligent level-shading algorithms automatically compensate for distance and angle of speakers relative to each localisation Zone object origin.
FRONT PANEL CONTROL
A series of simple front panel screens, soft switches and rotary encoder allow the user to recall stored Shows, and within each Show the individual Cues can be selected and triggered.
The user also has access to pre-assigned level, mute and solo Groups to make adjustments across multiple zones and sources. Very useful for doing installation system checks or trimming master or zone levels without firing up a computer.
Input and output metering provides signal level and clip monitoring. Individual Solo’s and Mutes allow for individual zone control, source switching and diagnostics. Access is fully password-protected.
TiMax SoundHub-M is a cost-effective audio playback server complete with the same dsp EQ/Level/delay/Group functions as all SoundHubs, and bundled with full S-Version audio editing, object-based immersive spatial audio rendering and TimeLine showcontrol. M-Version units are equipped with outputs only (analogue or optional Dante) in scaleable configurations from 16 / 32 / 48 / 64 outputs and tracks.
T i M a x S o u n d H u b - VR
TiMax SoundHub-VR is a cost-effective ultra low-latency (<1ms) mobile audio playback server for theme park rides and attractions, in a compact half-depth chassis with 24VDC or 100-220VAC PSU options and the same dsp EQ/Level/delay/Group functions as all SoundHubs. It comes bundled with full S-Version audio editing plus object-based immersive spatial audio rendering and TimeLine showcontrol. VR-Version units are equipped with 16 outputs/tracks only (analogue or optional Dante) and also a built-in TiMax Portal MicroServer for interface with a wide range of external showcontrol platforms.
TiMax Portal introduces the first of several iPad and Win10 TiMax Portal touchscreen interfaces for controlling Cues and Zones via remote control, plus interfacing with advanced and bespoke external showcontrol platforms under TimeLine control.
Driven by a web server resident on our dedicated compact TiMax Portal MicroServer, the iPad app has a standard GUI to which the customer can apply a custom background skin and logo, plus name and assign Group faders and Cue buttons.
The 2U rackmount TiMax Portal ProServer can provide all the above plus bespoke tailored GUI’s, enabled in TiMax by a PortalPro Licence Key. Also interfacing with a wide range of external showcontrol platforms via AV-Portal,
Future apps are in development for mobile showcontrol manipulation plus real-time spatialisation control and programming.
2U 19” Rackmount steel chassis, 450mm / 17.5” deep contains:
Internal DSP and I/O modules and hard-disks to create configurations:
16x16 (16-Track); 32x32 (32-Track); 48x48 (48-Track); 64x64 (64-Tracks)
Forced air cooled, low fan noise, OPTIONAL extra redundant fan.
EMC shielded to conform to CE interference emission and susceptibility requirements.
OPTIONAL extra redundant PSU with additional IEC connector
OPTIONAL dual mirrored solid-state drives for audio playback redundancy
OPTIONAL TiMax Portal MicroServer for iPad or iPhone. Custom GUI design service.
Analogue AIO I/O card:
16 in & 16 out line level in groups of 8 balanced signals on female DB25’s (Yamaha analogue pinout)
Dynamic Range: 114dB; THD+Noise <0.002%, 20-20KHz; Latency <2ms
Digital MIO I/O card:
16 in & 16 out AES3 on separate DB25’s plus 16 analogue outs on two DB25’s. (Yamaha analogue pinout).
Sync selectable from AES3 input, or external Word Clock source via BNC, or internal 48KHz or 96KHz clocks. Input and output SRC’s allow multiple sample-rates across different AES inputs and outputs
OPTIONAL Dante, 64 in & 64 out
OPTIONAL MADI 64 in & 64 out on BNC and Optical, plus BNC WordClock in/out
MIDI In/Out two sets - general MIDI and also Port1 In MIDI Controllers control Groups 1-32, Port2 In MIDI Controllers control TiMax Tracker Zone object changes.
Ethernet for PC/Mac control and XML remotes or showcontrollers. Auto-config plug ‘n play default with static IP and forced IP modes.
Inlet on fused IEC connector(s)
130W universal voltage 80-265VAC at 50/60Hz
Conforms to European LVD, UL, CSA, Nemco safety requirements Filtered to conform to CE requirements
Routing/level/delay Matrix sizes from 16x16, 32x32, 48x48, 64x64, all in 2U.
4-band parametric EQ on inputs, 8-band parametric EQ on outputs, linkable in zones.
32 assignable input and output Group level controls, also accessible through front panel
Source submixing at every input, between Analogue (or AES) Input / Playback Track / Network input.
Live cross-fade Cue Snapshots between submix sources, I/O mixes, level/delay routings, EQ, playback
Dynamic delay-matrix Image Definition object libraries controllable by TiMax Tracker
Advanced smooth delay-panning algorithms for ultimate transparency
Routings, EQ, Groups, Labels, System Preset can be exported /imported between shows.
Multiple units can work as one large system or separate sub-systems.
Cue Snapshots assignable to selected channels and parameters
Multi-channel random-access audio playback 16-, 32-, 48-, 64-track. 120Gb SSD standard (larger OPTIONAL)
256 GPIO input trigger ports matrixed on DB25
Dual MIDI/MTC In/Out showcontrol Trigger and Event Ports 1&2
RJ45 IP network port, for PC, Mac, AMX, Crestron, hardware remotes. TiMaxPortal iPad and Win10 touchscreens
Front panel Menu, I/O Meters/Solo/Mute, Group Levels/Solo/Mute, Cue select, Utility, IP
Input SRC’s allow different 44.1 / 48 / 96KHz incoming sample rates on any AES3 input pair.
Output SRC’s allow different 48 / 96KHz sample rates on any AES3 output pair.
SoundHub-S, -M and -VR only:
TimeLine and PanSpace automated spatial rendering to level/delay Image Definition objects
TimeLine Comprehensive sound effects editing, mix automation, playback and management
Advanced audio showcontrol, TimeLine showcontrol Triggers and Events programming
StageSpace auto-calculation of zone objects and (soon) advanced embedded TiMax Tracker functionality (-M and -VR Versions not controllable by TiMax Tracker).
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