13 November 2023
To meet rising audio service demand, the company added the versatile Newton device, streamlining workflows for larger systems with its flexibility and SMAART integration. Newton’s functionality enhances overall sound system performance alongside manufacturer presets.
Chris Bogg – Managing Director of dBS Solutions, says: “Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen a major increase in demand for our audio services, in particular for larger projects, and that’s led to a significant expansion in our sound equipment inventory. We had been looking for some time for a device that we could use for system alignment and overall EQ when one of our freelance engineers brought his own Newton to a dBS job. That gave us the chance to see one in action, and we were immediately taken with it—its flexibility, its ability to handle multiple formats simultaneously, its scalability, and its input and output options made it clear that we’d found the unit we’d been looking for.”
Newton is sold by Outline Professional Audio. Newton revolutionizes the control of complex audio systems by integrating cutting-edge filter technology, multi-format audio signal routing, standards conversion, and digital signal synchronization into a single 1RU networkable chassis. They are using the Newton 16+8 as part of their drive-rack solution, including MIPRO wireless for use with measurement microphones.
The ACT-800 series has a flat phase and frequency response, making its audio performance suitable for measurement purposes. The component-free transmission ensures a high-fidelity, unaltered measurement which is transmitted back to the receivers. The audio performance, features, build quality, and cost are making the MIPRO ACT-800 a very popular option with major UK rental companies now.
Bogg continues: “Using the Newton as the central controller, especially for larger distributed systems, has really made a difference to the way we work—the workflow is so easy, all our engineers now want a Newton on every job! Being able to handle multiple clocks and broadcast feeds while also handling digital console switching just makes life that much easier. The SMAART integration is also a big plus in terms of system alignment and tuning, while the multiple failsafe options (given how much this unit does and how much we rely on it) give us the backup peace of mind we need.”
“It’s interesting too that the functionality and safety of Newton and the reputation it’s now enjoying actually makes it easier to charge for on a hire invoice. Clients are used to paying for brightly lit mixing consoles and huge arrays of loudspeakers, but the bits in the middle—the things that actually make PA systems perform at their best—are often regarded as mysterious black boxes with no specific cost or obvious function. Newton’s role as the ultimate multi-purpose hub delivers real commercial value.”
“We still use the manufacturer presets in the DSP-equipped amplifiers, of course, but using our Newton for system alignment and its WFIR filters for overall EQ just brings it all together somehow, and it’s really noticeable—we choose our sound equipment because we think it sounds great, but using our Newton for overall system control has definitely moved everything up a gear.”
Note: Newton by Outline Professional Audio is exclusively supplied by CUK Group.