The Cinema Designer, Trinnov Audio Release Software Update for 32 Channel Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
The Cinema Designer (TCD), a cloud-based professional home cinema design tool, has recently received an update supporting high render channel count audio implementations, thereby allowing home cinema installers to design configurations with as many as 32 channels for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X home cinemas in merely minutes.
The software, which advertises itself as “a beneficial time saving tool for home theater installers” has now become even more efficient, integrating technology pioneered in a whitepaper from French audio research and development company Trinnov Audio. TCD and Trinnov claim that this may be greatly beneficial to home technology professionals, as they will now be able to use TCD to design projects such as these much more easily than before, as “designing high channel count theaters for optimal results is something few people have much experience doing”, as Jon Herron, Director of Sales for Trinnov Audio put it.
Before this solution, professionals would be required to perform considerable guesswork to gauge the optimal position for all the required loudspeakers. This had been further complicated by the fact that companies such as Dolby, Auro and DTS all used different nomenclature for their additional speakers. Herron believes that TCD could help make designers more comfortable while designing theatres with more than 11.1 channels, a number that has been a limiting factor for even high-end theatres, describing the new features as “quite remarkable.”
In addition, the software dramatically simplifies the process, allowing users to produce a “standards-based, scientifically designed set of drawings”, such as a 30+ page proposal, complete with a 3D CAD drawing, audio and video calibration reports, in “between five and ten minutes” where the process had taken even effective design teams weeks or months before.
Software such as this could be a boon to many integrators, who no longer need to charge clients with design fees to justify weeks of such work. This would allow them to sell high more high quality theater systems.
Arnaud Laborie, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Trinnov Audio has high expectations for the software, calling it a “game changer” which allows “the integrator to spend more time with the customer thinking about the decision that a computer cannot make: focusing on the art of creating a great home theater.”