Martin Audio has announced a further update to its Display 3D prediction software featuring a new sub array tool that user trials reports ‘astonishingly powerful’, as well as additional features and workflow improvements.

Martin Audio Display 3Display 3 is a tool for both live and installation projects, working with SketchUp for sophisticated venue modelling, thus allowing simpler venue and shape creation. Incorporating many of Martin Audio’s line array, constant curvature, point source and subwoofer solutions, Display 3 is optimised for cohesive system design and prediction in a 3D environment.

This latest Beta 5 version incorporates a new sub array tool enabling rapid design of ground deployed linear arrays of subwoofers. Traditional techniques have been employed to determine the EQ required to approximate and steer far-field beams. Emphasis has been placed on the speed of design using a handful of parameters, rather than requiring manipulation of individual loudspeakers and associated EQ elements.

In this version, two sub array types are supported with Broadside Stack and Castellated configurations. For Broadside Stacks, any sub loudspeaker can be selected, while for Castellated scenarios only subs with cardioid settings available can be used – but more will be added over time.

Castellated arrays have three styles defined as Presets, with Bookend where the end parts of the array are two boxes high; Buttress where the array is one box high at the ends; and Uniform consisting of an array of L shaped elements. Beam width can be set from 1° to 180°, where setting to 1° will generate the narrowest beam possible from the array and by incrementing the width users can get closer to the coverage required.

‘While it is the first iteration of this sub array tool, I believe it already sets a new benchmark in prediction software, and I’m delighted that user trials have also re-confirmed this,’ says Research Director, Ambrose Thompson.

The Beta 5 release also includes an early version of a tool to display the frequency response at any position on a surface; flown deployments of Martin Audio’s latest product, Torus 8; a new control in the Loudspeaker Property Inspector to optionally constrain aiming angles to those available for the pin locations in the lift bar; default speaker insertion heights, and the inclusion of BlacklineX point source and subwoofer solutions.

‘This is a significant update to Display 3 that I’m confident our users around the world will relish,’ Thompson says. ‘As with all things software, there are always new developments required and we are already hard at work on the next set of updates.’


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