Harman Professional Releases HiQnet Audio Architect Version 1.2

Dec 30, 2013 4:50 PM

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Harman Professional in Northridge, Calif., has introduced HiQnet Audio Architect Version 1.2 professional audio control software (price TBA), which now offers support of third-party controllers, along with two new Crown DriveCore Install Series amplifiers and the BSS Soundweb London BLU-GPX network-controlled GPIO (General Purpose Input/Output) expander. Version 1.2 also offers additional functionality enhancements to streamline the configuration and control process for users.

HiQnet Audio Architect V. 1.2 is a common control software application for all devices in a sound system, from microphone to speaker. To facilitate system setup, HiQnet Audio Architect 1.2 uses graphical, diagrammatic representations of the installed or live sound venue, and the components and loudspeakers in the system. Devices “understand” both their physical and logical placement—in racks, arrays and rooms—and the software “learns” how they are to be used in the real world, while offering extensive setup and configuration capabilities. Audio Architect V. 1.2 works with numerous Harman Professional products and is compatible with platforms including AVB, Harman BLU link, Cirrus Logic CobraNet, and Audinate Dante.

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BSS Soundweb London BLU-GPX network-controlled GPIO expander

HiQnet Audio Architect V. 1.2 now offers comprehensive support for compiling HiQnet control strings for third-party controller devices like AMX and Crestron. Information can now be exported from the HiQnet system design for direct import into the configuration software of the desired controller. To conveniently separate system-wide control parameters, any number of new third-party controller devices can be added into the system design file and then configured separately. For each controller, a dedicated full-screen mode is provided for compiling its parameters and presets. Within the single view for each third-party device, the properties of each HiQnet parameter may be set, the string format configured to match that expected by Crestron or AMX control software or a designer’s custom format, and the final list exported for repurposing in a third-party control system design.

HiQnet Audio Architect 1.2 provides support for the new Crown DCi Network Series DCi 4|1250N and DCi 2|1250N high-power networkable amplifiers, which recently began shipping. In addition, version 1.2 offers compatibility with the BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-GPX GPIO expander, a network-controlled component that facilitates the addition of control inputs, logic outputs and relays to systems that require extra analog control and interfacing capability.

Version 1.2 can also store Audio Architect venue files on Soundweb London devices for file archiving purposes. This enables compatible Soundweb London components that are connected to the network to be used as backup storage devices in a manner analogous to an external hard drive. Additional performance optimizations and firmware updates round out the V. 1.2 upgrades.

Find more information about Audio Architect V. 1.2 at archimedia.harman.com/en-US.






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