Astro Spatial Audio and Clair Brothers partner for The NAMM Show

by Stage Directions

At The 2019 NAMM Show, Astro Spatial Audio and Clair Brothers will partner to bring a series of show-stopping three-dimensional audio demonstrations to the Anaheim Convention Center. Taking place twice daily on booth 17200, the showcases will mark the high-profile NAMM Show debut of both companies, uniting the leading independent solution for object-based 3D sound with one of the world’s most iconic and influential speaker brands.

Visitors to the specially configured booth, located on level two of the convention center’s pro audio-dedicated ACC North wing, will be met by a formidable Clair Brothers system. The manufacturer’s celebrated kiTCurve12-TrueFit continuously variable horizontal dispersion constant curvature array source enclosures will feature a left-centre-right configuration, while the surrounds will comprise a mixture of 10SPOT hybrid coaxial point source and 5CB 5-inch coaxial point source enclosures. Low-end extension will be courtesy of iPS218-M+ active double 18-inch subwoofers.

A single 3U Astro Spatial Audio SARA II Premium Rendering Engine will sit at the heart of the system. Offering up to 128 MADI or 128 Dante configurable network pathways at 48kHz/24-bit resolution, the award-winning SARA II converts audio signals into audio objects and uses extensive metadata to precisely calculate that object’s position within virtual 3D space up to 40 times per second, as well as that object’s acoustic effect on the virtual space around it. The outcome is a truly three-dimensional audio canvas upon which engineers can unleash the potential of their show.

Crucially, Astro Spatial Audio is entirely brand independent, freeing audio professionals to choose the loudspeakers, consoles, and third-party brands they want to use. With Astro Spatial Audio, the only limit is your imagination.

“We are delighted to announce this cooperation with one of our industry’s most recognizable and respected brands,” commented Astro Spatial Audio Managing Director, Bjorn Van Munster. “We have always believed that sound designers and engineers should be free to choose the system they want to use. I’m delighted that for our first appearance at The NAMM Show, we’ll be able to demonstrate that versatility once again alongside such an important partner.”

Clair Brothers VP and Chief Engineer, Josh Sadd added, “Over the years, we’ve been involved in many projects that would now fall under the ‘immersive’ label. To say that there’s one ‘right’ way to approach this is impossible due to the extreme environmental constraints and variables that come up in practicality. That’s where we see the value in Astro Spatial Audio as our preferred immersive solution – it’s simply the most flexible, intuitive and fastest to deploy in a variety of ways. Your limit is your imagination!”

The NAMM Show will take place in Anaheim, California between January 24th and 27th. Clair Brothers and Astro Spatial Audio can be found on booth 17200, on level two of ACC North.

Further information from Astro Spatial Audio: www.astroaudio.eu
Further information from Clair Brothers: www.clairbrothers.com