Modeler® sound system software

Modeler® sound system software

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Overview

Overview

Bose Modeler sound system software has been a leader in predicting sound system performance for both indoor and outdoor environments for more than 25 years. Since its introduction in 1985, the core algorithms within the Modeler software have been continually updated, refined and expanded to provide highly accurate, computationally efficient predictions of sound system performance. Bose continues to invest in modeling tools that engage you in creative work to help you deliver the best-possible system performance, and to effectively communicate your designs to your customers.

We recognize that the process of creating a computer model can be time consuming. Modeler software incorporates a variety of design aids to help reduce the time required to develop a 3D model and implement a sound system design. Import functions from standard CAD programs reduce the time required to enter model data into the program, while acoustic matching functions help match the acoustic performance of the model to that of the real room. In addition, array construction tools are included to help automate the creation and layout of complex loudspeaker arrays.

As prediction accuracy has increased, the computational complexity of acoustic prediction and simulation algorithms has also grown. In some situations, increased accuracy can also mean excessively long calculation times for systems that incorporate many sound sources and receivers. Modeler software employs a proprietary calculation pipeline to greatly accelerate the calculation process, while maintaining the accuracy of predictions, reducing the time spent waiting for results, and increasing the time spent exploring new design options. Computationally intensive predictions, such as the full Speech Transmission Index (STI), are complete in a matter of minutes—not hours—for most systems.

Modeler sound system software is available in two versions: standard and Plus. The standard version offers all major features and functions for creating room models, implanting a sound system design and simulating the system's performance. Mapping of key system metrics such as coverage, loudness and speech intelligibility are available. Modeler Plus incorporates proprietary prediction and signal processing algorithms that allow auralization of multiple room models and listener positions. Playback is accomplished with the Bose Auditioner® playback system.

Modeler® Software Registration

To request access to Modeler software, please contact your local Bose Professional Sales Representative. Modeler licensing is currently managed through a USB key dongle, available direct from Bose Professional.

Downloads FAQs

FAQs

What is new with Modeler sound system software?

The latest release of Modeler software includes the following new features to support the design of RoomMatch® systems from within the Modeler interface.

RoomMatch rigging calculator displays the recommended rigging information for a selected RoomMatch array, including cluster weight, grid frame type and grid frame pick-up points.

Auto Layout of horizontally asymmetric RoomMatch arrays is supported using the RoomMatch auto layout function.

Improvements to RoomMatch Array Auto Layout function to allow user to directly define the target coverage area within the projection view, and improvements to the module selection algorithm—specifically for symmetric arrays.

RoomMatch array properties improvements include addition of all flown bass configurations, user selectable crossover point and addition of rigging components in CAD views.

I already export my SketchUp files to DXF. Is there a better way to transfer my room model data into the Modeler software?

No. You can create all the key room model surface parameters directly in SketchUp while you are creating the model. Then use the Modeler software plugin to transfer your work directly to Modeler software.
 

Do I need SketchUp Pro to export to Modeler software, or will the free version work?

The free version works just fine. Please use version 8—either the free or the Pro version.

How does Modeler Plus software differ from Modeler sound system software?

Modeler Plus software includes all the features of Modeler software, plus the Auditioner® software components required for auralization of the room model and system design. Additional features included in Modeler Plus allow you to:

  • Calculate an Auditioner "filter" for any given listener position within the room model. When the Auditioner filter is convolved with dry audio, the resulting auralization is reproduced on the Auditioner Playback System
  • Perform instantaneous A/B comparisons of listener positions, system designs or room models using the Auditioner playback controls
  • Build a comprehensive playlist of listener positions from the room models within a project file for evaluation or demonstration purposes
  • Record the output of the Auditioner playback to a .wav file for archival purposes, or to enable users to listen to the Auditioner playback system without Modeler software
  • Mix binaural background noise with the output of the room model to demonstrate or evaluate the effect of varying levels of background noise on system performance

All calculations and processing required to perform the auralization run directly on the PC within the Modeler Plus software, so no additional hardware or software is required.

What are the system requirements for Modeler and Modeler Plus software?

The minimum system requirements for running Modeler and Modeler Plus software are:

  • Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 7, x86 and x86-64 bit versions Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 2 (or later) x86 and x86-64 bit versions
  • Processor: 1GHz processor (or better)
  • RAM: 512MB of RAM available (1GB recommended)
  • Disk Space: 512MB of disk space available (1GB recommended)
  • Minimum Monitor Resolution: 1366 x 768 WXVGA
  • USB & Interfaces: 1 available USB port
    A scroll-wheel mouse (highly recommended)
  • Note: You will need administrative rights on your computer in order to properly install the software. You do not need administrative rights after the software has been installed.

Can I install Modeler software on more than one computer to do my work?

Under the current end user license agreement, each licensed copy of Modeler software can be installed on two PCs. Typically, one copy is installed on a desktop computer, and the other on a portable computer. This is why we ship two keys with the software.

Is Modeler software compatible with Windows Vista?

Modeler software is compatible with Windows Vista in the Vista Classic graphics theme. If you have a Windows Vista machine, please make the following changes before launching Modeler software:

  • Right-click on your desktop and select "Personalize"
  • Click on "Theme" and select "Vista Classic" from the drop-down menu
  • Click "OK"

Can I open old Modeler models or project files with newer versions of Modeler softwareCan I open old Modeler models or project files with newer versions of Modeler software?

All projects and models created in a previous version of Modeler software can be opened in the latest Modeler software, with all surfaces, loudspeaker and listener locations preserved. Once these projects and models are saved in the latest version of Modeler software, they cannot be opened with the previous Modeler software versions.

What ships with Modeler software?

When you order a new or renewal copy of the Modeler software you will receive a Registration Card with a unique product validation code specific to the version you have ordered.

This product validation code is used to access the on-line download of the Modeler software at http://worldwide.bose.com/pro/en_us/web/modeler_product_code/page.html.

Once you have registered your version of the software you will be able to download a copy of the installation utility, and install the application on your local PC.

New copies of the Modeler software also include a set of two (2) hardware protection keys. These keys are required to activate the Modeler software on the PC.
 

Is training or classroom instruction available for the Modeler software?

Modeler and Modeler Plus software each include a comprehensive tutorial and user manual. We strongly recommend that all users take the time to complete the user tutorial and learn Modeler software. If you have never used it, we believe the user tutorial and manual will give you the knowledge you need to get started. The software also has a built-in searchable help file system.

Organized training courses that cover basic and advanced topics for using Modeler software and Auditioner technology are regularly offered through Bose Professional Systems. Please contact your local Bose Corporation representative for a list of upcoming product training sessions.

Are Modeler and Modeler Plus software available for the Macintosh operating systems?

Modeler software and Modeler Plus software are available for Windows XP Professional and Windows 7 only.

Will Modeler and Modeler Plus software run on Windows XP using the Multilingual User Interface Pack (used to select a non-English language as the preferred language for menus and dialog boxes)?

Yes. However, if you are experiencing character display errors, please follow these instructions to resolve the issue:

  • Go to the Control Panel
  • Double-click on "Regional and Language Options"
  • Click on the "Advanced" tab
  • In the dropdown, select "English (United States)"
  • Click "OK"
  • Select "Yes" on the alert dialog
  • Restart your computer
  • Launch Modeler software
  • Reselect your language from the language toolbar

What if I have already installed the application but my hardware key is not recognized?

The hardware key program very rarely fails to install at the end of Modeler software installation. But if it happens to you, please follow these steps:

  • Choose Programs > Accessories > Command prompt from the Start menu
  • Type \program files\bose\bose modeler 6.7\ and press enter (this is the default location of the install; please alter the directory/folder if you installed to a different location)
  • Type haspdinst -i and press enter

If I have technical questions related to the Modeler software or Auditioner system technology, whom should I contact?

Many of your questions can be answered by referring to the Modeler Software help file. You can also check for software updates and review application notes on this site for the latest information.

If these documentation sources do not answer your questions, please contact your local Bose Corporation representative.