The updated version enables several performance and installation enhancements, including stereo and subwoofer support, self-healing accessories, room combine and bell scheduling.
These and other updates offer integrators even greater opportunities to customize the delivery and control of audio to satisfy the unique requirements of restaurants, bars, hotels, school campuses, houses of worship, retail establishments and other commercial environments.
The new Atmosphere software “supports the system’s original core technologies, such as touchless control and artificial intelligence and utilizes the same product suite or digital audio processors, amplifiers, and graphical user interfaces,” the company announcement says.
The integration of a bell scheduler evolves Atmosphere 2.0 into a turnkey digital audio system for school campuses, industrial environments and other facilities. The new bell scheduler enables setup and delivery of multiple bells and ring lists to signify class dismissals, lunch breaks, and other routines.
Schedules can be modified and bells added and deleted by end users via the Atmosphere 2.0 software’s new Planner configuration tool.
Atmosphere 2.0 can deliver different audio to each individual zone in hotel conference rooms, auditoriums and banquet halls or the same audio to two or more combined zones, as chosen by the end-user, with one primary controller per combined zones.
Integrators can configure the zones within the Atmosphere software and provide end-users with a customized mobile app and wall-plates for simple, intuitive selection and control of the audio.
Stereo and Subwoofer Support
Atmosphere 2.0 a multi-dimensional listening experience through its newly added stereo and subwoofer processing and playback capability. With the new version, the Atmosphere digital audio processors seamlessly support stereo sources, stereo zones, and zones with subwoofers.
Once the stereo and/or subwoofer zones are set up, proper controls are automatically linked and DSP objects are created, giving integrators the flexibility within the Atmosphere platform to expand from a mono audio solution to a more engaging stereo speaker-subwoofer setup.
Suited for performance venues from cocktail lounges to auditoriums, stereo and subwoofer support through Atmosphere 2.0 provides an immersive audio experience.
If any wall-plate accessory of an Atmosphere 2.0 accidentally breaks, the system “self-heals,” instantly recognizing the newly installed wall-plate and loading into it all of the original customized settings automatically. Integrators can have the system back up and running in seconds.
Continual Evolution of the Atmosphere Platform
“By advancing Atmosphere forward with the launch of our new 2.0 version, integrators are afforded even greater flexibility in the design of digital audio systems through the implementation of any or all of the system’s new suite of features,” said AtlasIED president John Ivey.
“Since the initial launch of Atmosphere in September 2020, we have listened to our dealers, integrating many of their requests into the 2.0 platform,” he said.
“Through our commitment to the continual evolution of the Atmosphere ecosystem, the technology avoids obsolescence, providing customers with the most advanced solution for audio processing, control, and delivery, and creating new business opportunities for technology integrators,” said Ivey.
Enhancements Combine with Original Features
All of the features of the original Atmosphere system remain intact in version 2.0, which enables each authorized user to manage the system from his or her own mobile device. The controls of the Atmosphere 2.0 digital audio processor populate automatically when a user’s mobile device scans the DSP’s QR code.
Per parameters programmed initially into the system by the AV integrator, this QR code grants access to certain features, such as allowing a manager to modify the schedule of outgoing messages, while staff is permitted to only adjust the volume level.
Built into each Atmosphere 2.0 DSP (two models are available) are multi-patented algorithms, which enable it to continually learn and adapt to changes in the environment. Through data collected and transmitted by an Atmosphere 2.0 ambient noise sensor, the DSP comes to recognize patterns like the need to raise the volume at a bar during happy hour to compensate for high levels of ambient noise.
Atmosphere 2.0 uses artificial intelligence to analyze and respond to the predictable behaviors of its users, such as consistent commands issued from an Atmosphere 2.0 volume controller, as well as data sent from an Atmosphere 2.0 ambient noise sensor to the DSP.
Messages uploaded to the DSP as WAV files can be dispatched according to a pre-programmed schedule based on priority or when triggered by an Atmosphere 2.0 input device, such as a volume/source/zone selector.
Adding another layer of customization is a built-in Tilter Filter, which simplifies tuning the audio for the specific room or zone with an easy-to-use feature that helps balance lows and highs.
Products currently comprising the Atmosphere™ 2.0 digital audio platform include two varieties of digital signal processors (6-input/4-output AZM4 and 10-input/8-output AZM8; two amplifiers (400-watt AZA404 and 800-watt AZA804); six different plug-and-play accessories, including wall-mounted audio controllers (single- and multi-zone options); and remote audio inputs (RCA, Bluetooth, and XLR sources); and an ambient noise sensor.
As many as 16 accessories can be daisy-chained to the AZM4 and AZM8 DSP. Plus, the entire Atmosphere 2.0 lineup has been engineered to integrate with AtlasIED loudspeakers; integrators can use the preloaded EQ files in an Atmosphere DSP to tune the speakers for the specific application and environment.