Prediction and simulation software is acknowledged by today’s audio pros as being a vital tool in getting the best out of modern loudspeaker systems.
Some of the world’s most authoritative sound designers and acoustic consultants have already praised Outline’s OpenArray1 software for its “surgical’ precision” when designing loudspeaker systems for venues throughout the world but, following the on-going fine-tuned research by its in-house team and valuable feedback on behalf of its distributors, the company has just released the new version of its (free) simulation software: OpenArray2.
Described by one user as “The easiest, fastest, and most accurate prediction software out there”, this fundamental tool, which predicts the results expected from either live performances or installations involving Outline’s wide range of loudspeaker systems (line arrays, subwoofers and point source systems), enabling users to cover every position in a listening space with even the most unusual configuration, is in fact a software package consisting of just a single installation file requiring a Windows 64-bit OS.
OpenArray2 employs a proprietary calculation technique that greatly accelerates the calculation process and maintains prediction accuracy: its highly reliable simulations are in fact accomplished in seconds.
While maintaining the previous version’s incredibly fast calculation speed, rendering time and operating stability, OpenArray2 puts numerous additional functions at PA system engineers’ and sound designers’ disposal.
These include multiple selection and dragging, enabling multiple objects to be selected rapidly, the possibility of creating complex solids very quickly, extruding solids from flat surfaces, create multiple surfaces from a section view (extremely useful when designing balconies, tiers and corners in sport arenas), and much more.
When line arrays are to be deployed, it is now possible to obtain a quick 2D simulation on the array’s plane. The microphone function now allows to choose multiple measurement points and show multiple frequency responses in the same graph.
OpenArray2’s new features and user-friendly GUI streamline technicians’ work even further and a handy utility is at their disposal to convert their OpenArray1 projects to OpenArray2.
However, Outline has never believed in resting on its laurels, and more new features are already being studied!