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On this page a few key highlights of the software is listed.
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the MAM - maximum average manager
Working with sound level limits often times means working with a maximum allowed dB value over an average of time - referred to as an "Leq limit". Average Leq values is the only reasonable way to monitor live music or events, as this allows room for the music to be dynamic and ensures that the performer can engage the emotions of the crowd.
The challenge with Leq limits, is that your current level might impact your future abilities to follow the intended dynamics.
Knowing how your current level impacts your future headroom is the key to success under Leq limits, and the very core ability that 10EaZy introduced to the market. With the MAM you will get a near instant indication of how your current sound level tracks with the average value in the limit. Each block on the MAM represents one dB. If you have two red blocks = you are currently 2 dB louder than the ideal average. 3 green blocks means you have 3 dB to play with.
Depending on the genre and the flow of the show, this information is empowering the person at the faders to make the right decisions in due time, securing both their own success and that of the user experience in the crowd.
While the MAM will give you instant information about the current sound level, humans tend to forget. So to help recall what happened in the past, the history display keeps track of the past sound level. But only for as long as needed.
The history display will add one green dot per minute, and the number of dots equals the average period of time the Leq is based around. If the Leq period is 15 minutes, there will be 15 green dots. If the Leq is 30 minutes...? Indeed, there will be 30 green dots.
Combined with the firm red line shown on the graph as well - representing the average dB limit - it is very easy to check how many of the green 1 minute dots are above the red line. Too many above the red, means that it will not be possible to increase the sound level for some time to come. If all the green dots are below the red line, there is room for excitement on the master fader.
the warning system
The MAM and the history display provides a very intuitive way of approach mixing under Leq dB limits. Most times the simple display and awareness of how the level is current and past, will ensure compliance with the Leq Limit.
From time to time though, something happens that was not expected or we simply get carried away and forget to keep track of our actions. And suddenly, the average level sneaked alarmingly close to the limit. For this situation, 10EaZy has a last line of defence - the warning system.
If the average level is getting close to the limit, 10EaZy will start flashing a warning, the colours of the UI will change, and the MAM will switch to indicating required reduction. Large changes to overall sound level is immediately noticeable for the audience. This is why the warning system plays it a little safe, and rather ask several times to reduce a little, rather than requiring a large reduction all of a sudden. Complying to the request from the warning system will take the level back to an optimal average to avoid limitations with minimal impact on the audience experience.
Some people just want to watch the world burn, and it is of course also possible to ignore all warnings and reach a nice flashing red display with "LIMIT VIOLATION" written all over it.