Arria.Live is the World's First Truly Networked Sound System for Live Performance
How can we say that?
Arria.Live is bold enough to abandon pro-audio’s 50-year old mixer-centric architecture.
Arria.Live makes the microphones and speakers smart, so you control them directly.
Smart endpoints simplify setup and eliminate the centralized mixer.
We want to show the world just how amazingly simple pro audio can be. We’re just getting started with these first products and more will soon follow.
To deliver on our vision of unprecedented simplicity and ease of use Arria has created a smart dynamic microphone comparable in performance to the industry standard Shure SM58. In place of the standard XLR connector, this mic features a robust, stage-ready EtherCON connector that works perfectly with both EtherCON cables and standard RJ45 cables. Simply plug the mic into your Ethernet network via a POE-enabled port on a switch. It will immediately announce it’s presence to all Arria.Live controllers and will resume operating with exactly the same settings as when it was last used.
Arria.Live microphones, like all Arria.Live devices, utilize 24 bit, 48 KHz, uncompressed audio.
Being a smart microphone, it naturally does a number of things that traditional microphones will never do. From an Arria controller app, you can assign a friendly name like, say, “Jill Vocal”. You can also adjust the preamp gain, and equalization. In other words, you can tailor this microphone’s response to make it sound just the way you like it, and then those parameters are stored right in the mic itself. Bring that same mic with you to your next show, and when you plug it in, all of your carefully tuned settings and the assigned name are still there. You always get the sound you like.
Here’s a feature that the Front of House engineer will really love – Arria.Live microphones have the ability to illuminate a ring surrounding the EtherCON connection. From the Arria.Live controller, the engineer can call up a bright flash pattern to positively identify a particular microphone. He or she can also set the illumination color to match the color selected for the corresponding fader. Naturally, the engineer can control the brightness of this illumination, and turn it off completely if desired.
While our customers wish they could enjoy the extreme ease of use that would happen if every input device had Arria.Live built in, we and they understand that this happy situation is not yet achievable. But not to worry, as a close second, Arria.Live includes two versions of input converters that support all manner of input devices like a duck takes to water.
Our mono input converter features a combo connector that accepts both XLR and 1/4″ TRS. It will handle anything you throw at it from mics to instruments to line level sources. Naturally, it has switchable phantom power as well. Just plug your instrument or specialty mic into this converter and then plug the converter into the Ethernet. The converter will pop onto the Arria.Live controller screen where you can assign a name identifying what you have plugged in (e.g. Mike’s Guitar), and set parameters such as gain level and EQ. All these settings and the assigned name are stored in the converter and will be retained between shows.
For stereo sources, we have the Arria.Live Smart Stereo Converter. It accepts line level inputs via a pair of RCA jacks, with the usual red and white coloring. It too has adjustable gain and EQ, and stores these parameters, along with it’s assigned name, in the converter itself.
Arria.Live input converters, like all Arria.Live devices, utilize 24 bit, 48 KHz, uncompressed audio.
To make the Front of House engineer’s life easier our input converters have the ability to illuminate the Arria.Live logo. From the controller app the engineer can call up a bright flash pattern to positively identify a particular converter. He or she can also set the illumination color to match the color selected for the corresponding fader. Naturally, the engineer can control the brightness of this illumination, and turn it off completely if desired.
Venues have installed speaker systems that they don’t want to replace and other folks have speakers that they really like. We get that. Arria.Live Smart Speaker Converters transform our 24 bit, 48 KHz network audio to a pristine, line-level balanced output, ready to be plugged directly in to your amps or powered speakers.
Of course, they do a whole lot more than just convert from digital to analog! Since with Arria.Live each output has access to the signals from every input device (microphones and input converters), we’ve embedded the functionality of a full-featured 32 channel mixing engine right inside the converter. Using the Arria.Live controller app, just assign this speaker to a mix and set it’s location in the stereo sound field. The internal mixing engine will track perfectly all of the adjustments made to its assigned mix. It’s totally simple.
More technical users will appreciate the speaker management functions that are built in as well. This includes completely adjustable crossover, shelving filters, notch filters for feedback suppression, and adjustable delay. But wait, there’s still more!
We understand that a venue may not be able to cut over all at once from their traditional sound system to Arria.Live. So we’ve designed our Smart Speaker Converters so that you can have both systems fully operational at all times. Use your old stuff, use Arria.Live, or use both at the same time. It all just works.
How do we do that? Our Smart Speaker Converter includes an analog input as well as a network input, and a pass through relay.
When the Smart Speaker Converter is not powered, the pass through relay is latched in the A position, so the analog signal passes straight through. When powered up the relay switches to the B position, and the mix engine combines both network input and the analog input, with a unity gain for the analog input.
After a few months, when you notice that thick layer of dust forming on your old mixer board, you’ll know it’s time to sell it on eBay.
There is a growing trend for performers to use personal monitors – either in ear or headphone. Our Smart Headphone Monitor meets this need perfectly. Plug the Smart Monitor into your Ethernet network, and your phones or IEM into the Smart Monitor and you are ready to go.
The Smart Monitor will pop onto the screen of the Arria.Live controller app where you can assign a name and place it into it’s very own mix. (Or into any other mix for that matter.) And don’t worry about running out of aux busses, because Arria.Live doesn’t use aux busses, and we support up to 32 completely independent mixes. Each mix can have one or dozens of speakers or Smart Monitors assigned to it.
The Arria.Live Smart Monitor includes a convenient rotary encoder, which, by default, is assigned to control listening volume, but can be assigned to other parameters if needed. And because its a smart device, the Smart Monitor can be controlled by any Arria.Live controller, including a special version of the controller app that handles just one mix (yours) and runs on your iPhone or Android smart phone. It’s very simple, and it just works. Really well.
Yes, we know, everyone has iPad control of their mixer these days, and it’s hardly new or amazing. (Although it sure seemed cool three years ago when we started developing Arria.Live.) But there is an important difference between the other guys, and us. Our controller app is not just providing a remote way to control the physical component that is the central mixer, because (wait for it…) there is no central mixer!
With the “other guys”, their control app displays every channel that their mixer has, regardless of whether anything is connected to it or not. And what you are controlling is just the mixer itself, not what may or may not be connected to it. With Arria.Live all of the smarts and all of the mixing happen out in the endpoints (microphones, speakers and converters). The Arria.Live control app provides an intuitive and engaging way to control these smart devices directly. Since you only see faders and controls for devices that are currently connected, you have much less clutter, and zero confusion about what a particular fader is actually connected to. What you see is what you’ve got, and what you’ve got just works.
Of course you can use multiple controllers simultaneously, and each will track perfectly what is being done on any other. (That’s one of the reasons why schools love Arria.Live so much – it’s like drivers ed for a sound tech.) And of course you can set it up so that performers can control just their own mixes on their personal smart phone.
The totally unique Arria.Live architecture enables a whole raft of other cool features that are just not possible to do on those “other guys'” systems and which are too numerous to mention here. Click on the button to learn more.
Arria.Live Is A Perfect Fit For
Arria.Live is a real hit with churches and their praise bands. System setup is quick and easy and the Arria.Live controller app is clear and intuitive. These attributes matter a lot when you rely on volunteer staff to produce your services.
Plant churches (very small churches that are just getting started) especially benefit by how much less gear there is to haul in and out of the rented hall, and by how easy it is to expand the system. They never need to buy excess capacity. They just buy what they need, when they need it. And the gear they have already bought remains useful no matter how large their system grows. Hallelujah!
One of the first places we tested Arria.Live was at Century High School in Hillsboro, OR. The staff and the students both loved it! Here is what band director Jim Dunlop had to say:
Since it is almost impossible to hook up an Arria.Live system incorrectly, schools find that they spend way more time performing and teaching, and far less time troubleshooting. And, using two iPads for control lets an instructor monitor (and, if need be, correct) what a student is doing. It’s like driver’s ed for sound techs.The Arria.Live products far surpassed anything we have been able to do with our house system. It was easy enough for our students to run, but allowed for the sophistication we have only been able to achieve by hiring out to professionals. We don’t want to go back to our current setup when we have tried the future.
Community arts centers are constantly hosting a wide range of activities and performances. But every event, from a simple lecture to a full on orchestra, needs sound reinforcement. All too often this means having to bring in (and pay for) one of “those guys” who have the closely guarded keys to the sound booth. They insist this is necessary since the sound gear is very expensive, very complicated, and very easy to mess up. Which is all true, unless you happen to have an Arria.Live system installed.
Arria.Live systems are so simple to setup and operate that, in most instances, your house staff, or even the renter, can handle the event just fine. You really can’t hook it up wrong, and it’s fun and easy to operate. Hire the pros for the real complicated events and shows. For everything else, just do it yourself and have a blast.
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We are currently installing Arria.Live sound systems in a small number of venues to help us continuously improve product quality, and to help our partner audio manufacturers see for themselves how much their customers enjoy and appreciate Arria.Live technology. If you would like to have your venue be considered as an additional Arria.Live evaluation site, please fill out the form below.