TMS Digital Cinema has installed two Powersoft Ottocanali 1204 DSP+ETH power amplifiers at its new digital media production, R&D and demo facility in Orlando, Florida.
Powersoft’s Ottocanali 1204 DSP+ETH – introduced at Infocomm in April 2012 – offers DSP functionality on each of its eight channels, plus Ethernet connectivity that enables full control and monitoring via the company’s Armonía Pro Audio Suite PC software.
The first of the two new amplifiers has been installed in one of the production suites in TMS Digital Cinema’s new Digital Arts Studio, where it is powering the full range portion of a Klipsch THX Ultra 2 system set up in a 5.1 configuration. The second amplifier will shortly be installed in a neighboring production room.
Gino Pellicano, acoustical engineer at Technomedia Solutions – TMS' parent company – and designer of the system, commented: “The Ottocanali 1204 with DSP offers up to 1,280 Watts of power over eight channels, each capable of driving a low-z source, or run as a constant voltage system utilising the optional ‘Batformer’. This, coupled with the flexibility gained from the onboard DSP for each individual channel, routing options and power monitoring options really set the Ottocanali apart from the competition.
“The Ottocanali is a great fit for this application. When we first began our search for an appropriate amplification and processing solution for this space, we considered a number of amplifiers, fed off a separate DSP to give us the processing power we needed. With the introduction of the Ottocanali, we were able to condense our rack utilisation down to 1RU, while at the same time maintain the required processing power. It’s been a great experience so far, and we hope to utilise the Ottocanali for similar projects in the future.”
Chris Chuilli, Senior Vice President at Technomedia Solutions added: “A lot of times we like the DSP to live in the amplification for certain things that require really superb audio, such as theaters, live systems or non-distributed audio systems. We wanted to test these amplifiers out, see how they held up, how they work, how the EQ works. It's pretty remarkable; we really like the amplifier.”
“We're trying to look at every possible range of past, present and future technology. We have a lot of old tube-based processing equipment in there and we have old, classic MIDI keyboard systems, but we also have the most up-to-date Pro Tools system with all of its plug-ins. It's just a very tight, comfortable, excellent sounding, well-tuned space.”
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