As a 24 channel surround sound player for installation ?

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  • #28568
    Augustine LeudarAugustine Leudar
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    I have a slightly different application for this device – A permanent surround sound installation. What I want to know is if the device, as a standalone, is capable of playing a 24 track surround sound file through 24 seperate channels to 24 seperate speakers (so each channel a seperate descrete track) in sync on a loop ? The file may be 24 seperate mono tracks or a 24 track interleaved file. It needs ot be easy for staff to just turn on and loop playback in case of power cut. Also – is this device ROCK solid ? the intention is for this installation to last years. There woud need to be no “dropouts” during playback and also should the device need to be restarted – each track should automatically be set to go to the correct physical output and speaker – the staff will not be able to fiddle around with complex settings everytime the device is restarted – so it should automatically turn on and route the correct track to the correct speaker, relative levels would have to be exactly the same for each track (master volume is easy enough for staff to change I guess) . Just to reiterate this will be a 20 odd channel surround sound installation – so not one or two tracks diffused on 20 speakers – but 20 seperate tracks with panning between them etc

    #28569
    Laszlo .Laszlo
    Keymaster

    Hi Gus,

    My short answer is yes, the uTrack24 capable to doing that.
    The uTrack24 plays back multichannel wav files.
    The content can be created with uTool. With uTool you can create a content (1-24 channels) for the device. The source files can be mono, stereo or even multichannel wav file.
    With the uTool you can set up the following for each track: Pan, Level, Solo or mute, and you need to assign the files to each outputs. Once you save this song the uTrack24 will plays out the song as described in the song settings.
    In the uTrack24 settings you can enable the autoplay function which means if you create an autoplay playlist in uTool the device load and start this playlist once the device turned on.
    The tracks are in perfectly sync as the source file (which created by uTool) it is a single file (multichannel wav file)
    Dropout’s does not happens during the playback. Most of the times the users experienced dropouts where they record 24 channels to USB thumb drive. But as you planning to use as a player you don’t need to worry about it.

    #28570
    Augustine LeudarAugustine Leudar
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    Thanks for the reply. However just to be clear – I will be doing the actual sound design in Max Msp and Nuendo. Once I have say 24 indicvidual mono files ot one interleaved file – I load this into your software “utool” and assign each track to the correct output. There will of course be no panning information (that is embedded already in pre production) just one track to go to one output – is this still sound in ok ?

    #28571
    Laszlo .Laszlo
    Keymaster

    Yes this will works.
    Make sure the output file format from your Nuendo is standard PCM format (signed) 16/24bit; 44.1; 48; 88.2; 96kHz
    Also make sure to use a decent USB drive for playback.
    I suggest you to download the uTool, then try it out to create a song from your source files. This will explain to you how the uTool and the uTrack24 works. If you able to create and playback songs from your source files and you are able to playback in uTool this means the output file from uTool will works with uTrack24

    #28574
    Augustine LeudarAugustine Leudar
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    Ok – so you sound like there is some doubt that it can be done – I mean a multichannel wave file or 24 mono wavefiles are the same no matter what the sources software (though the order may change) out of curiosity can I also ask you why the utrack is 999 dollars in the US but under 425 dollars in Europe ? I mean Im in the UK so Its great but I have friends int he states who are grumbling understandably….

    #28578
    Laszlo .Laszlo
    Keymaster

    Hi,

    By law, we are prohibited to force our distribution channels to unify pricing.
    Sorry for this…..

    #28579
    Augustine LeudarAugustine Leudar
    Participant

    Seems a bit odd as usually things are usually cheaper in the States – but Im in Europe so fine by me ! I was wonder if you have any links or examples of this being used as a multichannel player in an installation -or if you could put me in touch with anyone who has used it this way ?
    cheers,
    Gus

    #28580
    Laszlo .Laszlo
    Keymaster

    Hi,

    You can find two example here: https://cymaticaudio.com/community/case-studies
    One is an fix installation and the another is a stage installation

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