Grammy award-winning artist and producer Imogen Heap has embarked on a world tour with d&b audiotechnik's immersive Soundscape system, with Heap describing it as unlike anything she has heard before.
The Soundscape system is designed is to achieve natural imaging through source positioning.
“Normally, in a typical gig setup, the sound would be dispersed across a stereo field in front of you,” said Heap. “It’s a bit like going to see technicolour for the first time after seeing black and white… Being able to move sound around the audience in 360 degrees, it feels like a whole other dimension. The sound on the tour is sound like we’ve never heard it before.”
The Mycelia world tour's first showing began in Stockholm, Sweden, September 3. The year-long tour travels to various European cities, such as Oslo, Prague, Copenhagen and Helsinki before going to the US.
The first d&b Soundscape technologies include a signal processor, the d&b DS100 Signal Engine, and two software modules, En-Scene and En-Space. En-Scene allows for up to sixty four sound objects to be placed across the performance space, while En-Space adds reverberation signatures to the acoustic environment.
Ralf Zuleeg of d&b audiotechnik, said: “It’s about leaving behind the disconnection between what we hear and what we see. For audiences it will feel like diving into a complete different world.”
You can read PSNEurope's interview with Heap, in which she discusses studio techniques and working with the likes of Taylor Swift here.