Innovason has announced the integration of the release version of its Pandora digital panning algorithm into a new Nova software release for the Eclipse and Eclipse GT consoles.

Pandora dynamicsPandora is a live panning system for large audiences with people seated outside the PA sweet spot. ‘Without going into the technicalities, the difference it makes to the listener is amazing,’ says Innovason Product Manager, Hervé de Caro. ‘We have finally found a way to pan a signal from full left to full right to create the feeling of a stereo image for the entire audience, no matter where you are sat, without losing any information for those sat at the extremes, and no loss of sound quality for those sat in the middle. On the contrary – because we are reproducing the natural function of the ear, it actually sounds better.

‘In practice, this means that if you are sat at the extreme left of the auditorium while the signal has been panned to the extreme right, you can still hear it from the left, even though the sound image has moved to the right, and vice-versa. With traditional panning, you would hear nothing from the left, and the sound from the right would sound very far away – you lose half of the audio information. Even those in the middle would experience a loss of level and audio quality. Pandora puts an end to all that – you can now hear everything all of the time and still benefit from a true stereo image.’

The Pan configuration in the Util Menu or the Edit button (near the pan area on the consoles’ main screen) allows the Pandora option to be selected. Different panning curves are available for different widths of field, offering panning modes for different applications. It is available for use on any given input, or on a master bus as required, enabling normal panning to be used on other mix buses.

In addition to the integration of Pandora, Nova 2.4.0 includes a number of other improvements and upgrades including even better support of AVM500 Matrix and other third-party EtherSound devices, improved stability and reactivity of Neumann Digital Microphone control and a number of bug fixes.


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