L-Acoustics releases M1 Suite tools set
Tuesday, 28 July 2020
lam1suiteThe new L-Acoustics M1 suite offers streamlined system tuning and live monitoring
France - In tandem with the recent release of LA Network Manager 3, L-Acoustics has introduced the M1 suite, a comprehensive set of measurement and monitoring tools. From data acquisition through system tuning to live monitoring, M1 harnesses the power of the manufacturer’s Milan-certified P1 processor and amplified controller hardware to deliver a streamlined system calibration process as well as realtime performance monitoring.
The M1 suite pairs system measurement and control software to work natively as one seamless solution. Providing an original, reliable, and more efficient method for calibration, M1 allows users to expand their capabilities and optimise their time, says the company.
Ideal tuning of a venue requires both data capture and analysis. For most systems on the market, calibration processes typically involve estimating optimum EQ and alignment settings, measuring these setting via mic placement, then capturing the data. For each setting, mic placement and capture must be performed multiple times to obtain measurements throughout an entire venue. Any adjustments made to EQ or alignment would naturally require the user to repeat the mic placement and capture process.
M1 is a dual-channel FFT measurement platform that automates this process -sequentially muting and unmuting different parts of the system that need to be measured, capturing audio, labelling measurements, and storing data to the proper groups automatically. With M1, mic placement and capture throughout the venue is done only once. Data is acquired and compiled in the software, and measurements can be visualized individually, as spatial averages and sums of elements.
If adjustments to EQ are needed, they can be done virtually, and subsequently analysed and optimised within M1, meaning that the user attains the best calibration for the venue much faster. And once the measurements have been captured, the sound team can even leave the venue and finish the calibration offline, freeing up time and resources for the setup of other production elements.
All data capture in M1 is storable. If the user has a “eureka” moment days or months after calibrating a venue, M1 is ready. Simply adjust calibration settings virtually in the control software and upload it to the venue for automatic improvement from anywhere in the world. Every adjustment ever made is tracked in the software and can be recalled and reanalysed.
The measurement and control tools within M1 are natively integrated; any changes made to one tool are reproduced in the other and automatically optimised.
“M1 with LA Network Manager is really the future of system calibration and monitoring,” says L-Acoustics product and technology outreach manager Scott Sugden. “By integrating a comprehensive measurement platform into our amplifier control software, we very effectively help sound professionals save time, decrease error, and concentrate their skills on creating amazing experiences for their artists and audiences.”

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