Plug ‘n’ play amp module kit approach from Powersoft5 November 2014
Powersoft, the Italian amplifier developer who launched the X Series earlier this year, has announced the introduction of the new DigiMod Integration Kit (IK), a plug ’n’ play solution for active loudspeakers.
According to Powersoft, the kit offers all the components necessary to easily design a “complete, but simple” plug ’n’ play solution around any DigiMod amp module. The result is said to be a considerable saving in time and resource when compared with that normally required to manufacture mechanical parts and integrate external electronics.
Two aluminium heatsink plates, both equipped with PowerCon input and output, are available to accommodate all DigiMod PFC models, including the most recent designs. The customer is able to choose between two different DSP solutions including interface panels with I/O connectors, LEDs, programming and networking connections.
Part of the DigiMod IK platform is Armonía ProManager, a new dedicated software tool which will configure any IK combination as well as make the final product accessible in the latest software version of the Armonía Pro Audio Suite (2.5.0) as a custom branded item. Purpose designed for the configuration of DigiMod IK Series modules, this tool is also compatible with the full range of Powersoft products.
The update has also been designed to offer improved functionality for the DigiMod DSP-D modules, since it features parameter setting control, preset banks management, group information and partial preset locking.
Luca Giorgi, Powersoft’s pro audio business unit manager confirms that this simple package will substantially reduce time-to-market. “It offers a great deal more flexibility than our previous DigiMod IS [Integrated Solutions] series, since rather than coming pre-assembled it enables the OEM customer to configure his own spec.
“DigiMod IK harnesses all the power and quality of our modular DigiMod amp series, in a complete interface, equipped with XLR connectors for mono input and link output, volume potentiometers, status and meter LEDs. It is simply a case of selecting the required DigiMod unit, choosing the DSP solution that is most applicable and screwing the parts together.”
Francesco Fanicchi, the Scandicci-based operation’s marketing and communications manager, emphasised that this not a ‘DIY kit’ for enthusiasts.
“This kind of DIY approach has not been developed to reach a new market place. It must be made clear that the IK is not a solution addressed to the ‘loudspeakers lovers’ who just want to build their own system at home,” says Fanicchi.
“The DigiMod IK is designed to help OEM manufacturers to develop their own line of active loudspeakers and create a more exclusive and customised product offering, which otherwise wouldn’t have been possible with the already assembled DigiMod IS. Furthermore, OEMs can also get more benefits in terms of visibility by the new software Armonía ProManager which allows them to initialise products as proprietary: a new great layer of customisation indeed.”