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DiGiCo and Fourier Audio set to transform live sound

DiGiCo and Fourier Audio set to transform live sound

DiGiCo and Fourier Audio set to transform live sound

Following the announcement from earlier this month that it has joined forces with DiGiCo, Fourier Audio has revealed the transform.engine at today’s AES New York exhibition. Previously known as codename “Project Core”, the Dante-connected server can run all VST3-native software plugins that run on Windows in a live environment. Housed in a strengthened 2U chassis with dual redundant power supplies, the transform.engine is said to bring premium studio software to live sound and broadcast applications.

Designed as a turnkey solution for plugin hosting, the transform.engine is controlled by a remote Windows or macOS client application following connection to the engine via an Ethernet cable and installed plugins. Should a plugin crash, the rest of the system will be unaffected, and the transform.engine will immediately restart that plugin and restore the original integrity of the mix.

Designed to be integrated directly into live audio workflows, the transform.engine is starting to add plugin control into work surfaces, including DiGiCo consoles. The Fourier Audio device is capable of operating in conjunction with virtually any professional digital console on the market via Dante, using the Windows/macOS application to control the engine.

In addition, the transform.engine can process audio standalone with no computer required. Managed remotely by a Windows/macOS application, with plugin user interfaces teleported and controlled in low latency over the network, the product can reportedly deliver the market’s lowest-latency solution for hosting VST3 plugins, while preserving the reliability of the server. The transform.engine will feature an optional software subscription bundle.

“In the meantime, we’re inviting studio software manufacturers to contact us about potentially offering their plugins as part of the transform.engine’s ever-expanding open ecosystem of live tools,” commented Fourier Audio CEO, Henry Harrod. “We want to introduce them to a whole new market segment that they’ve not previously had access to. At the same time, we want to offer live sound engineers not just ‘good’ emulations of various studio plugins, but the absolute best-sounding authentic versions of every plugin they might possibly want from the professional recording world. It’s a ‘win-win’ situation for everyone.”

Fourier Audio CCO Gareth Owen points out that the transform.engine’s reliability will be one of its greatest hallmarks. “There are a lot of other VST hosting approaches out there butm, when you have a theatre, arena or stadium full of people listening to your show, there’s no margin for error,” he said. “With the backing and support of DiGiCo, which is celebrated for its decades of designing tourable, reliable and long-lasting hardware, we are building the ultimate plugin solution.”

Fourier Audio’s team of engineers, led by CTO Peter Bridgman, has followed two years of intensive R&D with a recent collaboration with DiGiCo to deliver a brand-new hardware platform for the transform.engine. DiGiCo technical director John Stadius has been working very closely with the Fourier Audio team and his excitement is evident: “It has been an exciting challenge for our teams to design a brand-new bespoke hardware platform. The Fourier Audio team reminds me of an early-stage DiGiCo, and that enthusiasm really motivated us all to get it done. I couldn’t be happier with the result and what it will mean for live sound engineers.”

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