- by Frank Hammel
in New Gear
Meyer Sound’s Compass RMS is a new hardware and software solution that promises to streamline the real-time monitoring of Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeaker systems.
More details from Meyer Sound (www.meyersound.com):
Building on Meyer Sound’s remote monitoring technology, the new Compass RMS system features the RMServer, the purpose-built network hardware that communicates loudspeaker performance data over Ethernet and twisted-pair network. The control interface is now fully integrated into the Compass 3.0 software, which supports both Mac and Windows. Compass 3.0 also serves as the user interface for the Galileo loudspeaker management system and the CAL column array loudspeaker.
“By providing loudspeaker performance data in real time, remote monitoring is a tachometer that gives users a window to the status of a system. It’s an important tool that helps protect our customers’ investment,” says Luke Jenks, Meyer Sound’s product manager for loudspeakers. “With its redesign, Compass RMS is giving a significant boost to Meyer Sound’s monitoring capabilities.”
With the control interface moved to Compass 3.0, users of Compass RMS can perform mute, solo, and wink ID functions and monitor more than a dozen parameters much more efficiently. These parameters include peak amplifier power and voltage, average amplifier power, limiting, fan speed, and heat sink temperature. Compass RMS adds the ability to automatically discover RMS-equipped loudspeakers on the network, eliminating most data entry.
Compass RMS is built on the IEEE 1722.1 open standard for communication and control. Using a standard router, Compass RMS can be controlled with a wireless computer or a tablet. RMServer works independently of Compass, and can send emergency notifications via email even when Compass is not connected.
RMServer is backwards compatible with all Meyer Sound loudspeakers equipped with an RMS module. RMS is an option for all loudspeaker models and the MPS-488HP power supply. To deploy Compass RMS, users should purchase the correct number of RMServer units, download the free Compass 3.0 software, and perform a quick, one-time procedure to set each loudspeaker’s ID code. Each RMServer can connect up to 50 RMS-equipped Meyer Sound loudspeakers or 96 low-voltage loudspeakers using 12 RMS-equipped MPS-488HP power supplies.
Compass RMS starts shipping in May 2013. Visit the Meyer Sound website http://www.meyersound.com/products/compass_rms/ for more information or visit the Meyer Sound stand F70 in Hall 8.0 at Prolight+Sound for a product demonstration.