Compatibility and interoperability is key for d&b, who will launch an amplifier plug-
in for the Peavey MediaMatrix NION DSP and nControl PC at the ISE Amsterdam
exhibition in February 2017. This latest push by the German loudspeaker system
manufacturer to improve third party integration makes a complete d&b sound
reinforcement system accessible via any MediaMatrix control method, and
completely interoperable with the MediaMatrix networking approach. It follows plug-
ins for the QSC Q-SYS control system and Beckhoff automation and control

MediaMatrix is a networked DSP and control system that is scalable, efficient and
exactly tailored to the needs of the user. Integration with MediaMatrix allows
system designers to achieve high performance d&b sound quality in installation
applications that require detailed, customized remote control features. The
complete system is designed and managed via PC with the MediaMatrix NWare
software, and then accessed and controlled wirelessly with any smart device
supporting HTML5 via the Kiosk2Go remote control platform. The system can also
be controlled using wall panels, touchscreen devices and GPIOs.

The new d&b amplifier plug-in for MediaMatrix provides control parameters to
adjust the mute status, levels, power On/Off, and alter the AmpPreset. This enables
the complete system to be configured as a highly intelligible system for speech
reproduction, and, via a simple button, reconfigured for full program material.
Critical status information can be monitored, ensuring the same is suitable as a PA-
VA system in an emergency situation. MediaMatrix logs all audio connections to
amplifiers, and the operating state of connected loudspeakers.

“The key topic here is interoperability, and total integration between the control
system, and the sound reinforcement system, whatever the application type,’
explains Wolfgang Schulz, Product Manager for Installation at d&b. “The system
design for many permanent installations now starts with the method for control and
management, so d&b is looking to support system designers with complete
interoperability with a MediaMatrix system, which guarantees easy planning and

Amsterdam ArenA has recently become the first large project to incorporate a d&b
loudspeaker system with MediaMatrix as the control backbone. The system complies
with the strict voice alarm requirements for the stadium, while also fulfilling the
expectations of international touring artists and performers. The Y-Series line
arrays, driven by the installation specific d&b 30D amplifiers, is optimized by d&b
ArrayProcessing, a software function for improving the level and tonal balance of a
d&b line array over the entire vertical listening plane. ArrayProcessing ensures that
every member of the audience hears every announcement, every beat, and every
cheer, exactly as intended, with the highest speech intelligibility.

The d&b plug-in for MediaMatrix is available now on the d&b, and Peavey
MediaMatrix websites. More information is available at ISE, at the d&b stand 7-
C173, and presentation room E103.