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, alongside the scheduling function of Centro, Xilica’s site manager, 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, SolaroConsole, 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.

University of Cambridge

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