Neumann release automatic room correction MA 1 v2.0

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Neumann release automatic room correction MA 1 v2.0

Words by Lewis Noke Edwards

The legendary studio equipment manufacturer Neumann.Berlin presents the latest version of its MA 1 Automatic Monitor Alignment room correction solution.

In addition to many detail improvements, Neumann and their Release 2.0 introduces multichannel capability. For the first time, the optional Multichannel Extension for MA 1 makes it possible to align surround and immersive installations with the same Neumann precision.

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Immersive audio is becoming increasingly popular in film, music, gaming and other applications. Yet few listening environments are optimised for these new formats. Extending a stereo control room to multichannel playback creates a whole new set of challenges. In many cases, loudspeakers have to be installed in acoustically unfavorable positions, and it is not uncommon for architectural constraints to necessitate deviations from the recommended loudspeaker positioning.

​Therefore, even more than with stereo systems, room correction becomes an indispensable tool for reliable multichannel monitoring in reference quality. The Multichannel Extension for MA 1 allows to achieve optimal sound results under real-world conditions. But even in a control room specifically designed for multichannel formats, audible improvement can be achieved by precise room adjustment.

​MA 1 linearises the frequency response and optimises the localisation of the entire system. This is especially important in multichannel applications to avoid changing the sound character of sources when panning. It also prevents misinterpretation of tonal changes as directional information. After all, the human brain relies on head-related filtering to localise sound sources. Consistent reproduction from all directions is therefore essential for accurate and reliable multichannel monitoring and a truly immersive listening experience.

For more info, visit Neumann here.