Anya launched in Florida
WORLD: EAW invited a select number of customers to meet its latest creation, Anya, in Florida on June 13th. Staged at The House of Blues Orlando during InfoComm 2013, the US loudspeaker manufacturer unveiled what president Jeff Rocha termed as ‘a concept and a whole new way to deliver sound reinforcement’.
Following an introduction by Loud Technologies CEO Mark Graham and Mr Rocha, Kenton Forsyth and Jerrold Stevens then jointly hosted a technical presentation. Between them, the pair demystified the innovative technology inherent within the loudspeaker module resulting from many years of R&D for shaping and directing large-scale audio output.
‘Anya is not a sound system,’ Mr Forsyth explained. ‘With Anya, you never have a reflection from a wall or ceiling because Anya adapts total array performance to deliver stunningly uniform high SPL coverage with such precision that the room effectively disappears. We call this adaptive performance. The sound beam can be sculpted to reach the top of the farthest balcony, but not the wall just above it. It’s that exact.’
Comprising 14 high with six mid frequency transducers and dual 15-inch low frequency woofers, the design of Anya combines horn-loading and true line sourcing to maximise efficiency and output. EAW’s Concentric Summation Array technology and a new phase plug design ensure that two columns, each consisting of three mid cone transducers, sum coherently with the HF section. Slotted vents provide a degree of loading to the dual 15-inch LF cone transducers and shift the apparent LF sources further apart, extending horizontal pattern control to minimise the build-up of LF energy. Anya can cover nearly the entire 180-degree vertical plane for which a single column covers 70 degrees horizontally and columns array in 60-degree increments. An Anya module’s self-contained, field replaceable power and processing unit includes 22 separate channels of signal processing and amplifier power totalling nearly 10,000W.
Once powered, connected to an audio signal and networked to EAW’s Resolution software, Anya then uses high-resolution adaptive performance technology to deliver custom-sculpted vertical and horizontal coverage with idealised response at all locations. One module builds any number of unified, multi-column, straight hung arrays, with just one way to rig them without any angles or traditional ‘J’ – hence negating the need for side-fills. Anya can reconfigure array response in situ in seconds, so technicians no longer need to drop the rigs to reconfigure angles or wait for processors to update. Faults can be diagnosed courtesy of a built-in microphone and automatically adopted to compensate.
Following the introductions and technical explanations, See Spot Run played both an acoustic and electric set at the venue. The first Anya modules have been assigned to Californian production company Rat Sound who provided design consultancy and beta testing during Anya’s development.