Hospitality and dining applications are always guest-centred. Naturally, it’s important that an audio system reflects that, and delivers immersive, high-quality sound across hotel ballrooms, communal areas, bars and restaurants.

With Xilica’s well-honed DSP algorithms, Neutrino, Uno and X Series products feature a wide range of processing capabilities including auto-mixing, feedback elimination, FIR and IIR filters, AGC, compression, limiting, loudspeaker management, and AEC to name just a few. Additionally, Xilica processors run on 40-bit floating point DSPs with 96kHz sampling rates, helping maintain high fidelity audio. Manufactured in the company’s internal production facility, each unit is individually quality tested prior to shipment — ensuring restaurants, ballrooms and discussion facilities enjoy outstanding audio quality with high uptime, and end-users enjoy a quick and comprehensive line of support should any surprises occur.

Moreover, for restaurants and ballrooms with vastly-spread facilities, select Xilica Neutrino and Uno products feature Audinate’s patented Dante audio networking. Such technology allows audio signal to be sent over standard IT infrastructure — both minimising installation time and reducing expenditure for heavy, copper analog cable. Dante’s fluency with IT also allows a hotel’s in-house IT department to manage audio-visual networks in their entirety, limiting maintenance and service overheads and increasing availability of immediate on-premises support. With distributed venues, Rio series remote wall-plates, stage boxes and rack-mount I/O solutions can help carry signal from private dining rooms, bars, main restaurants, performance areas and ballrooms to the central rack, helping increase end-user flexibility about what and where they can connect to the system.

Perhaps most critically for applications where specially-trained staff are not common, such as in hospitality and dining venues, Xilica makes user control simple. Graphic user interfaces are completely-programmable in the NeuPanel Touch 7 touch-screen control, whilst low-cost Mini Series wall-panels and free Android and iOS XTouchApp provide the means for any room, any authorised user, and any budget to have accessible, user-intuitive command over integrator-defined channels. Moreover, when such integrators also install third-party compatible products from brands including Audio-Technica, Powersoft and Bose, they can also enjoy reduced installation and commissioning times through native device integration with Xilica’s programming software, Xilica Designer.

Overall, Xilica products enable hospitality and dining facilities to indulge in immersive audio, flexibly delivered — on time, and on budget.

From hosting hockey matches or NFL games to corporate events, assemblies, and local fairs, sporting venues can be iconic national exhibits or crucial community gathering places. Given their multi-purpose nature, it’s normal for integrators and end-users alike to desire an AV system with flexibility, expandability and user-centric control.

Audinate’s patented Dante audio networking protocol is often chosen as the backbone to sporting facilities, given its ability to run over standard IT infrastructure — minimising analog cabling and reducing installation time. Additionally, greater compatibility with end-user IT departments makes day-to-day operation and maintenance straightforward by using client-comfortable terminology and best practice.

Moreover, Dante allows audio signals to be transported long distances, common in large sporting venues, but also routed to different parts of a venue for different purposes. Xilica products such as the Rio series of Dante-enabled I/O solutions, including wall-plates, stage boxes, and rack-mount kits, permit audio inputs and outputs to be remotely located in VIP rooms, suites, owners boxes and broadcast control centres without noticeable signal degradation.

Additionally, it’s important for sports venue systems to be expandable — allowing for connection to larger external systems used for major events, and for the central components of a system to interact with peripherals. With AES/EBU optional outputs on Solaro QR or select Xilica Neutrino and Uno series processors, direct connection to digital mixing consoles and stage-boxes is simple, whilst Xilica Designer’s Universal Control option allows sports venues to utilise Xilica’s Solaro, Neutrino and Uno DSPs as the central hub from which they control other equipment — including projectors, amplifiers, lighting and seating rakes, in fact, any object they have the control string for. Third-party interoperability of select manufacturers’ products, including Audio-Technica and Powersoft, gives integrators a speedier configuration time in high-device-count installations, also.

Of course, audio quality is of paramount importance to bring audiences and players together. Legendary studio sound from Xilica’s 40-bit floating point DSPs, with 96kHz sample rates, pair with well-honed algorithmic processing blocks and the ability to mix, zone and route pristine, immersive sound across your facility. Low-cost NeuPanel Mini wall-plates, Touch 7 touch-screens and Android/iOS apps are all available to ensure user-centric control of sound, wherever operators may be.

Performance venues are where many AV professionals cut their teeth, and it’s no wonder that the application has stuck in the heart of many throughout our industry. Not least, Xilica’s engineering team — who have devised a range of DSP solutions with the entertainment industry in mind.

One of the key topics within performance venue specification is audio quality. Pure, well-engineered sound that delivers impactful music and intelligible speech is paramount — and Xilica has got that covered. Manufactured in the company’s own global production facility, each Xilica processor is individually quality-assessed before shipping, meaning the 40-bit floating point DSP is a highly-reliable solution for demanding applications with little downtime. Sampling at 96kHz and equipped with a range of DSP algorithm modules including feedback elimination, loudspeaker management, AGC, FIR and IRR filters, and many more, Xilica DSPs provide best-in-class audio performance and live up to their reputation for studio-quality sound.

In fact, Xilica has three DSP lines which may suit your performance venue installation. Neutrino is the next most advanced product in the Xilica range, with open-architecture, drag-and-drop simplicity and optional units with Dante, AES/EBU digital I/O, and Acoustic Echo Cancellation, whilst Uno is essentially the same product but in an app-based, hybrid-architecture version for installations requiring rapid install time. Pre-designed DSP schematics are available for download from the Uno product page for a range of specific purposes, meaning integrators and end-users are likely to find the app for them with little requirement for software training, design time and testing. Finally, the X Series of products comprises XD, XP, and XA marked products. These are fixed-architecture signal processors designed for the demanding world of live sound, and have similar DSP blocks to the advanced Neutrino and Uno range, but lack advanced features such as network capabilities, select algorithms and I/O expansion. This wide range from which to choose enables venues of all sizes and budgets to find a processor that delivers impactful audio to their audiences.

Additionally, for large performance venues with significant technical equipment, Xilica’s third-party native device integration with manufacturers including Audio-Technica, Bose and Powersoft allows technical personnel and integration staff to rapidly configure systems, adjust parameters and customise settings to meet the logistical needs of a specific production. Meanwhile, linking technical equipment through Xilica’s programming software Xilica Designer permits technical staff to command any product they have the control string for, from the PC/Mac or through a linked touch-panel/control surface — including lighting, blinds, seating rakes, projectors and haze.

Given the uptime levels required by performance venues, the ability for a manufacturer to quickly support their products should also be a key concern. Xilica has three regional support centres — in Toronto, Amsterdam and Hong Kong — with near round-the-clock technical support availability via telephone, email and web. That means that if your processor has an unexpected hiccup before a show, it’s likely you’ll be able to jump on the phone with a technician near you and resolve any issues straightaway. No more chasing around remote support staff.

Finally, where vastly-different I/O counts are a regular occurrence, the Rio series of I/O solutions work with Neutrino and Uno Dante-enabled DSPs to provide additional input and output flexibility. Remote wall-plates can serve a impromptu plug-in points, talkback feeds and loudspeaker sockets, whilst R1616-model stage boxes and rack-mount Dante interfaces allow for gear to be brought onto the Dante network from either the performance area or back-of-house quickly and with no fuss.

Ease-of-use has always been a priority in the education sector. With a wide range of potential end-users, constantly-changing venue requirements and heavy demands on an institution’s in-house AV team, DSP technology needs to deliver simple, impeccable audio, with rapid configuration.

Xilica’s renowned processing solutions, such as Uno and Neutrino, feature custom algorithms to provide best-in-class audio functionality — including gain-sharing auto-mixers, double-talk feedback elimination and acoustic echo cancellation — to ensure audio remains invisible. User and room presets, allow for room capabilities to be drastically changed with no human intervention — ideal for multi-purpose spaces such as gymnasiums and assembly halls, or smaller lecture studios with different events.

In fact, multi-purpose capabilities are a key requirement for many education AV systems, and Xilica’s adoption of Dante networking technology allows for greater space flexibility, with easy overflow and room combine possibilities, feeds to lecture capture systems and broadcast trucks. Dante even makes BYOD easier — with Xilica’s Rio range of remote networked I/O solutions, including stage-racks and Dante-enabled wall-plates, allowing students and educators to plug-in their devices across the venue easily.

Where there is a requirement for user control, NeuPanel’s Touch 7 touchscreen permits easy-to-understand GUI commands, whilst the Mini Series of low-cost wall-plates provide a means for specific control parameters to be adjusted — such as master volume, mute/unmute, source selection and more. Moreover, Xilica Designer, Xilica’s configuration software, allows native programming and control of third-party Dante-enabled products from manufacturers such as Powersoft, Yamaha, and Audio-Technica to help bring the audio ecosystem together.

Places of worship are some of the most demanding environments for audio-visual systems. Not only do performance requirements fluctuate constantly — a sermon in the morning, a contemporary rock service in the afternoon, a Skype with missionaries in Africa at night — but so too do operator abilities.

Xilica has been in the house of worship (HoW) market since its founding, and HoWs play a major role in the company’s product development cycle. Flexible, open-architecture products such as Solaro QR or Neutrino allow for customisable routing and processing blocks — designed to facilitate even the most demanding set of bid requirements, whilst Uno unlocks turnkey flexibility for smaller churches looking for a simple, set-up and go processor. Uno’s downloadable pre-designed ‘apps’ give integrators the chance to capture greater value on DSP installation for their HoW projects, whilst minimising programming bill time to the client: helping win bids and satisfy church decision makers.

With Dante audio networking, Xilica DSPs can run overflow spaces, cry rooms, waiting areas and broadcast feeds alongside FoH/monitor and master PA duties. Even if a church doesn’t opt for Dante at time of purchase, Xilica’s products are future-proof — just buy the optional Dante Card Kit, plug-in, and off you go — you’re networked! Pair in Xilica Designer and you’ve unlocked Universal Control capabilities for any product you have the control string for — be it projectors, blinds and even lights.

Where there is a requirement for user control, NeuPanel’s Touch 7 touchscreen permits easy-to-understand GUI commands. NeuPanel Mini Series wall-plates additionally provide a low-cost way to give individual spaces and zones the ability to tailor sound to their needs, without sticking to the one-size-fits-all mould. From standalone to fully immersive, Xilica’s products provide a level of command that’s totally customisable to your worship space.

Finally, remote I/O solutions such as the Rio range give the ability to plug-and-play BYOD over Dante — suitable for Skype feeds and video playback, outputs to Dante loudspeakers in overflow rooms, external broadcast vehicles for megachurches, and even providing audio to church barbecues. In HoW, the key word is flexibility — and with that, Xilica has you covered.

As a vertical, corporate audio is uniquely challenging — a myriad of environments, with a group of unifying requirements: low-profile, aesthetically-minimal audio solutions that deliver uninterrupted, highly-reliable and intelligible speech.

Audio quality is critical to successful business communication. However, one of the biggest problems facing integrators within the conference and corporate vertical is echo — inevitable when a loudspeaker is placed in close proximity to an open microphone in a full-duplex communication application, such as audio and video conferencing. In these scenarios, sound from the loudspeaker is picked up by the microphone and relayed to the original speaker — causing a delayed and distorted sound that hinders understanding and prohibits seamless communication. 

Xilica’s renowned AEC (Acoustic Echo Cancellation) algorithms work to reduce single-talk echo by 80dB in any acoustic environment, across 16kHz, 24kHz and 48kHz sampling frequencies. For conversation-critical spaces such as boardrooms, integrators employing a Neutrino open-architecture DSP or Uno pre-configured DSP can utilise -AEC suffix models to deliver G.167, P.340 and VDA-compliant cancellation with robust double-talk detector, giving 30dB+ reduction during double-talk, and convergence to 80dB echo reduction in under 100ms.

It’s not just what happens inside the space that matters, though. Modern office facilities include numerous ‘huddle rooms’ — smaller conference spaces that allow individuals or micro-teams to have immediate calls with remote participants. Combined with breakout rooms, which allow internal groups and teams to separate themselves and provide an effective overflow space, these spaces demand flexible routing, networked audio transport, and remote DSP and I/O facilities.

With select -N suffix Neutrino and Uno products, integrators can tap into Audinate’s patented Dante networking technology to link spaces for room combine purposes, signal transport from primary conference rooms to breakout and huddle spaces, and permit remote inputs from laptops, tablets and smartphones through Dante-enabled Rio series wall-plates. Plus, the wide-range of I/O counts (from 8×8 to 16×16) available in the Neutrino and Uno ranges allow facilities to utilise the most cost-effective product for their requirements.

The need for conference systems to be controlled through user-intuitive solutions is greater than ever with today’s desire for simplicity. Large-scale integrated control platforms such as Crestron and AMX allow for unified audio, video, lighting, HVAC and entry command, whilst smaller spaces may be better suited to a wall-mounted touch-panel, static wall-plate or iOS/Android app.

Xilica’s third-party integrations allow for customisable control on almost any command surface, whilst complimentary iOS and Android app, Xilica’s own NeuPanel Touch 7 touchscreen, and low-cost range of Mini Series wall plates provide ultimate flexibility across price, format, and complexity.