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Soundscape represents the future of the live sound experience.


(c) Monika S Jakubowska

Live music is a joy

It’s why you’re here.  Amplifying live music, however, can be a compromise. An imperfect arrangement of technology, time and budget. You see the musicians on the stage, yet everything you hear comes from the loudspeakers hanging to either side. Or, depending on where you’re standing, just from the ones to the left. Or the right. Your ears are extremely sensitive. With your eyes closed, you can pinpoint the location of a sound source with astonishing accuracy. But what if your eyes are open and they tell you the sound should be coming from somewhere else? This sensory conflict is unnatural and – as your poor, dutiful brain tries in vain to square the circle – exhausting. Soundscape enables the placement of each source – voice, instrument, or effect – at any given point on the stage or within the listening environment. And that point is where you will perceive that sound to come from. Sound designers, artists, and engineers can now deliver sound as real and immediate – or as wildly creative – as they, or you, desire. The d&b Soundscape, which you can experience for yourself through our Sound Unwrapped series, uses advanced technology to deliver the sound your brain wants to hear.

‘As an analogy, you might think of it as like turning from Standard Definition to High Definition television. But maybe it would be better to think of it as like turning from Standard Definition television to gazing through an open window at a captivating view.’

The mix opens like a flower, with a separation, richness and purity that will seem like an absence of technology, a direct and natural engage-ment with reality. As an analogy, you might think of it as like turning from Standard Definition to High Definition television. But maybe it would be better to think of it as like turning from Standard Definition television to gazing through an open window at a captivating view. You’re no longer concentrating on a screen, you’re connecting with the landscape, breathing, relaxing, smiling. The d&b Soundscape is a revolution in the live sound experience. Its torch is being picked up and carried by some of the greatest innovators working at the cusp of music and technology, including Kraftwerk, Björk and Nitin Sawhney. Its creative possibilities are further recognised international composers, creatives and award-winning theatre sound designers. Soundscape represents the future of the live sound experience.

Soundscape represents the future of the live sound experience. Find out more on d&b’s website and hear the technology in use during the below upcoming events. 

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