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Ashly adds ducking features to AquaControl

Ashly adds ducking features to AquaControl

Ashly adds ducking features to AquaControl

New software capabilities have been added to Ashly Audio’s AquaControl, including an upgrade to the ducking feature on the mXa-1502 integrated mixer amp. The original ducker in AquaControl software offered 12 levels of priority, user-adjustable threshold, attack and release, duck depth and could be triggered automatically by the incoming priority signal or by electronic contact closure triggers found on the rear panel of the mXa-1502. These features remain but Ashly has assigned ducking parameters to the source rather than the ducked program, allowing different trigger sources to control the ducked program in more varied ways.

A new Hold parameter is adjustable in 1s intervals, up to 60s. This holds the ducked program at the assigned ducking depth after the trigger source is removed and allows the adjustable ramped return to begin after that hold period has concluded. This eliminates slow ramp times and gates to mask the fact that the ducked program is slowly returning in the background as soon as the ducking trigger is removed. Independently adding or removing input channels from the ducking hierarchy has also been enabled. This is said to make it easier to interpret the relevant settings by eliminating unnecessary data.

The original ducker had the return ramp level jump from mute to –30dB in a single step and then began the adjustable return time in 1dB steps from –30dB up to 0dB. Ashly has improved this by allowing the ducking ramp to use a dynamic range of 100dB in 1dB increments. This reportedly provides for smoother, less abrupt transitions from muted levels.



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