Powersoft has updated its ArmoníaPlus software to include tools system integrators can use to manage “even the most intricate” fixed install (FI) projects through its dedicated Install Skin.
Although Live Sound projects in ArmoníaPlus will maintain the same structure from the original version, Install System projects now reflect the needs of system integrators for sources and zones management, allowing the creation of fully customisable user interfaces and controls in the new Views Designer.
As well making FI projects easier and simpler, ArmoníaPlus 2.0 is designed to now serve as the gateway into the Powersoft world. By registering a copy, users will be able to gain access to the new MyPowersoft online platform through a single sign-in procedure.
Powersoft amplifiers are now capable of managing mono, stereo and multichannel sources and zones. The company says this allows for decentralised system processing that eliminates the need for an external matrix in many applications, and can also reduce the number of cable runs, resulting in simpler and more effective installations.
Any analogue or AES3 signal can be converted into Dante and shared over the network through the Dante Matrix, which is now natively integrated within ArmoníaPlus. Patching between amplifiers and Dante sources is only done when needed, to allow the creation of offline sources, and provide a lighter solution for systems that require the selection of Dante sources.
ArmoníaPlus 2.0 introduces a series of solutions aimed at remotely controlling key system functionalities: zone level control, source selection and system scene selection.
The WM Level and WM Select can be shared over the network, meaning that a passive wall controller can be connected to one amplifier via GPI and control the parameters of other devices in the same network. WM Level controllers can be configured to adjust the level of an amplifier output, as well as of single or multiple zones. WM Select controllers can be set to work as source selectors for a zone, or configured as scene selectors that allow users to choose from different system configurations with the turn of a knob.
The Views Designer makes it possible to create dozens of customisable user interfaces (Views) to control and monitor the functionalities of multiple sources and zones. These can be accessed from any mobile device with a web browser.
A dedicated app allows users to control their system Views and to quickly load their ArmoníaPlus project designs to the amplifiers and external controls. The app configuration is also done in the new Views Designer.
ArmoníaPlus 2.0 also introduces new features aimed at improving the user experience, including multiple workspaces (to accommodate for the added complexity of FI projects), a synchronisation mode (which allows ArmoníaPlus to communicate directly with the amplifiers, allowing users to control and monitor their system), and new Control and Views modes that will let WebViews and App Views users choose how they control their system.
“We are very proud to be launching a system that allows the user to control a complete audio system from our DSP- and Dante-enabled amplifiers,” said Marc Kocks, business development manager and application engineering manager, at Powersoft. “We have based this new development on the feedback from many system integrators that have already successfully applied our products in various installations around the world. We believe the new features will allow them to be even more successful and competitive.”