Distributed Automatic Volume Control (DAVC)

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The Distributed Automatic Volume Control (DAVC) is an algorithm which is using one or more microphones ("AVC Source") to measure the ambient audio/noise level, and adjusts the loudspeaker output level of the PA amplifier ("AVC Receiver") according to the ambient audio level.

The AVC Source is the input device with the listening microphone used for measuring the ambient noise level. This is typically a TKIS-kit or a TKIE-kit, but any Turbine Device with microphone can be used.

The AVC Receiver is the output device that is used for playing audio, typically an ENA amplifier, or a PA Interface TKIS-kit or TKIE-kit.

DAVC is not operating while audio is active on the AVC Receiver. With the default configuration, it needs minimum 100ms of silence to be able to adjust the gain by 1dB. This should work just fine with normal speech, but AVC will not adjust while playing constant music.

Software and license requirements

  • The Distributed Automatic Volume Control (DAVC) is supported as from:
    • Turbine firmware v. 4.11
    • AlphaCom firmware v.
  • The AVC Source (microphone) requires an "AVC License" (not an "IP Station" license)
  • The ENA Amplifier requires one, two or three ENA Amplifier licenses, depending on how many channels it's using

Web Configuration

To configure the DAVC, log in to the web interface of the AVC Source or AVC Receiver, and select Advanced ICX-AlphaCom > DAVC Settings:

DAVC Settings in the web interface

Distributed Automatic Volume Control (AVC) Configuration:

  • Enable Distributed AVC: Activated DAVC when checked
  • Device is AVC Receiver: This device is a "AVC Receiver"
  • Device is AVC Source: This device is a "AVC Source" (listening microphone)
  • Master Volume [-40 - 2] dB: Sets the base gain when the "AVC Receiver" is an ENA Amplifier. Set a low base gain when using "Positive Mode", and a high base gain when using "Negative Mode".
  • Enable AVC Algorithm: The AVC Algorithm must be enabled either on all AVC Sources or on all AVC Receivers
AVC Algorithm settings

AVC Algorithm (visible only when Enable AVC Algorithm is checked):

  • Adjustment Mode:
    • Positive Mode: Gain adjustment is from zero at AVC threshold level and adjusted positive. AVC Receiver should have a low base gain.
    • Negative Mode: Gain adjustment is from zero at AVC max level and adjusted with negative gain downwards. AVC Receiver should have a high base gain.
  • Lower Threshold [-95 - 0 dB]: The microphone signal level where AVC starts to work. Below this level no adjustment is done, and Audio Receivers should work on default base gain
  • Upper Threshold [-95 - 0 dB]: The microphone signal level where AVC stops to work. Above this level, no adjustment is done. The difference between upper and lower threshold also defines the working range for AVC gain adjustments. In negative AVC mode this also defined the ambient level where configured base output gain is reached (offset adjustment is zero)
  • Attack Rate [0.1 - 200 dB/sec]: This determines how quickly the AVC adjusts gain on raising ambient audio level
  • Decay Rate [0.1 - 200 dB/sec]: This determines how quickly the AVC adjusts gain on falling ambient audio level
  • Hysteresis [0.00 - 6.00 dB]: Hysteresis around previous set ambient audio level before doing adjustments
  • Far-End Lockout Time [0.0 - 1.0 sec]: When playing audio in AVC Zone (far-end-signal) all AVC adjustments are locked. When there is a pause in far-end-signal, adjustment commences after this lockout-time
AVC Source Devices

AVC Source Devices (available only when Device is AVC Receiver is checked):

  • Source Selection Strategy: The AVC Receiver will receive ambient audio levels or Gain adjust values from a number of AVC Sources. This configures the selection strategy for final gain adjusts on AVC Receiver.
    • The different settings are: Highest, Average, Average Mid. "Average" requires two or more AVC Sources. "Average Mid" will remove high and low values if more than 4 AVC sources, and average rest.
  • Source Directory Number: The directory Number of the remote microphone devices
  • Audio Channels: Which audio channel(s) on this device should be effected by signals from the remote AVC Source
AVC Receiver Configuration

AVC Receiver Configuration (available only when Device is AVC Source is checked):

  • Enter the IP Address of the "AVC Receiver" and a descriptive name. Press "+" to add, then Save.
Note icon Host name is not supported, only IP Address. Due to this, the AVC Receiver should have static IP address

Note icon On the AVC Receiver, UDP port 5035 must be enabled in the Firewall

ICX-AlphaCom Configuration

For the DAVC feature to work properly, the AVC Sources must be exposed to the same audio as the AVC Receivers.

Due to this, the AVC Sources (microphones) must be included in the same group calls as the AVC Receivers (ENA amplifiers).

Example Configuration

In this example one channel of an ENA Amplifier is used in one zone, and the other channel is used in another zone. There is one TKIS in each zone, measuring the ambient noise level in the zone. The TKIS with directory number 123 must be configured to adjust the channel 1 output of the ENA Amplifier, while the TKIS with directory number 124 must adjust channel 2.

DAVC example

ENA Amplifier configuration

The ENA Amplifier is configured to be the Audio Receiver. Adjustment Mode is set to "Negative", and the two TKIS units are configured to adjust the associated channel of the ENA Amplifier.

DAVC Settings in the ENA Amplifier

TKIS configuration

Both TKIS kits must be configured to report ambient noise level to the ENA Amplifier at IP

DAVC Settings in the TKIS kits

Group Call configuration

From AlphaPro, in the Groups > Local Groups window, include the ENA Amplifier channel and its related AVC Source in the same group.

Zone 1:

The AVC Source must be in the same group as the amplifier channel

Zone 2:

The AVC Source must be in the same group as the amplifier channel