February 2018

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TCD Launches Trinnov Update, Designs High Channel Count Immersive Audio Home Cinemas


The Cinema Designer (TCD) has announced its most significant update since its launch: a new Trinnov update is now live, enabling users to quickly and accurately design high channel count theatres with ease.

With this update, TCD users can confidently design technically accurate 32 channel count Dolby Atmos and DTS:X home cinemas in a matter of minutes.

Using TCD is the only way home technology professionals can accurately design technically perfect high spatial resolution home theatres in minutes.

“I think we are living in a very exciting time at the moment when it comes to immersive sound,” comments Arnaud Laborie Founder, Chairman and CEO of Trinnov Audio. “We’ve been working since 2014 very extensively on trying to understand how the three formats can work together and how we can scale immersive home theatre from 11 channels (7.1.4), all the way up to 38 channels. This is where TCD comes into the game. We worked with Guy Singleton to implement the Trinnov recommendation into a specific version of TCD that allows users to very efficiently simulate different projects, making sure that they are technically correct.”

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The Cinema Designer (TCD) is a cloud-based design tool that allows installers and dealers to design any dedicated cinema or media room in minutes, giving the integrator more time to focus on the client due to spending less time on the mechanics of the design process.

“Designing high-channel-count theatres for optimal results is something few people have much experience doing,” adds Jon Herron, High End Audio, Director of Sales, Americas, Trinnov Audio. “The Cinema Designer incorporates the experience we have gained by being involved with virtually all of the high spatial resolution residential systems completed to date.”

The TCD Trinnov update eliminates the guesswork when it comes to placing all the required loudspeakers accurately in a room in a way that is relative to the listening area, while eliminating equipment combinations that simply won't work.


“Even within the high end theatre community, most systems have been stuck at around 11 channels, plus subwoofers,” says Jon. “Many designers are not entirely comfortable with the naming conventions, much less the use of all the ‘new’ speaker locations available to them, nor which ones are the most important when deciding to increase the channel count beyond 11.1. This fact is not helped by the fact that Dolby, Auro and DTS all use different nomenclature for their ‘extra’ speakers. TCD incorporates industry standards and Trinnov’s own experience in designing these high channel count theatres into its design algorithms. It's quite remarkable.”

Using TCD, users can quickly and easily get to a standards-based, scientifically designed set of drawings, complete with information about the performance that should be expected from their particular combination of speakers and amplifiers. TCD allows the designer to hone in on the optimal range of equipment for the particular project quickly, producing a complete 30+ page proposal to produce to the client for review, including creating a 3D CAD drawing in 30 seconds that users can edit as they see fit.

“Most effective design teams have the ability to generate this sort of documentation,” says Jon. “But the cycle of revisions, change orders, etc. takes weeks and even months. The time it takes someone to create these designs and selling documents in TCD is between five and ten minutes. Normally, you would have to close a client on a design fee in order to justify what would otherwise be weeks of work. Think of how many more theatres you could sell if such a proposal took only a matter of minutes!

“People need only take TCD for a quick test drive to see how it will change their businesses for the better,” he adds. “We are certain that TCD will make it easier for our dealers to design and sell the high channel count theatres that only we have the ability to support.”

Trinnov feels so strongly about the importance of TCD that is has become a requirement for the manufacturer’s Level I Certification program: any company looking to achieve Level I Certification must attend a live training event and either sign up and demonstrate their ability to use TCD, or demonstrate that they have all the engineering resources in place to do an equally good job designing these more complex theatres.

“Frankly, even those with suitable engineering resources would be well advised to use TCD for proposal generation and first-pass AutoCAD drawings,” Jon points out.

“I think that TCD is a game changer in the way that it allows integrators to specify a project according to industry standards within minutes,” Arnaud concludes. “TCD really helps to save time on the mechanical, technical aspects, making sure that the projects are compliant with industry standards and allowing the integrator to spend more time with the customer thinking about the decision that a computer cannot make: focussing on the art of creating a great home theatre and a great experience.”

Users can sign up to TCD here to start designing high channel count home cinemas today.

Future TCD updates will include Auro-3D layouts and the ability to design 48 and 64 channel count theatres.