Wenger Corporation, a leading provider of sound and storage solutions for performance spaces, is currently completing the first installation of its new Transcend Active Acoustic System for indoor performance spaces at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
The leading-edge digital signal processing (DSP) technology was developed in partnership with HARMAN specifically for variable acoustics.
Wartburg will use Transcend's active acoustic simulations to transform its midcentury Neumann Auditorium into a state-of-the-art, multipurpose performance space for its music programs, speeches and special events. Transcend is designed for easy, minimally invasive installation, and will be operational this fall.
Transcend gives facility managers the ability to enhance acoustic environments in virtually any space: performing arts centers, auditoriums, theatres, opera houses, arenas and worship spaces. For existing facilities, Transcend makes the performance space a multipurpose venue without the need for costly and time-consuming renovations. For new multipurpose facilities under development, the Transcend system offers a high-performance, affordable solution for acoustical flexibility.
Transcend's active acoustics algorithm results in a system that requires fewer microphones and speakers to provide a more reliable and stable system. This allows for streamlined, lower-cost installations than other systems on the market. It also features a BLU-link digital audio bus for simpler audio connections.
"With advanced HARMAN technology, Transcend provides superior performance with excellent value compared to other systems on the market," commented Ron Freiheit, Director of Design Engineering at Wenger and Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. "To make the system as cost-effective as possible, we developed a purpose-designed DSP system explicitly for active acoustics. This provides for a reliable, affordable, easy-to-operate system. Transcend is simply a sound investment."
With the Transcend system, venues can accommodate a greater variety of programming, satisfying performers and audiences. The acoustics of any environment can be enhanced; suddenly an intimate black box theater can have the lively reverb of a grand cathedral. Performers hear themselves and each other better, which improves musicianship and sense of ensemble. With Transcend, any room can have acoustics tailored for any type of performance, from a live band to a full choir to the spoken word. The listening experience for the audience will also be energized throughout the entire venue even in hard-to-hear sections such as under the balcony.
"You can virtually create any acoustic you want. It's limitless," says Wartburg Director of Choral Activities Dr. Lee Nelson. "I was blown away by the authentic sound of the acoustic. That's what we're always doing as performers: trying to create a natural feel. You can make it as wet' or as dry' as you want. I'm very excited about the possibilities this brings to our concert hall."
Wenger developed the Transcend system in cooperation with industry leader HARMAN, utilizing Lexicon active acoustic processing and bundled with premium audio components. BLU-link high-speed digital audio transport allows all components to communicate easily with a state-of-the-art dedicated processor for active acoustics. Through the Audio Architect software and HiQnet, the entire system can be managed remotely with a tablet and visual monitoring. The configuration and control capabilities of the Transcend system feature up to 16 inputs and expandable, independent 4-zone capability. While harnessing powerful technology, the Transcend system offers simple, intuitive operation tailored to suit customer preferences from basic push button to touch-screen interface.