The Cinema Designer is a subscription cloud-based design tool that generates technically accurate home theater designs using software that incorporates the experience of Trinnov, makers of ultra high-end 32-channel AV processors.

"Designing high channel count theatres for optimal results is something few people have much experience doing," said 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 Cinema Designer software works by tapping into a database of performance specs for gear from a wide variety of speaker and amplifier manufacturers. Brands within the database include Bowers & Wilkins, Sony, Marantz, Denon, Classe, Kaleidescape, Stewart Filmscreen, JBL Synthesis, Onkyo , Datasat, JVC, Trinnov, StormAudio, Pioneer, Wisdom, Barco, Procella, Crestron, Yamaha, Artcoustic, Screen Research, Triad, ATI Amplifier Technologies, BGW, Christie, Palladio, Digital Projection, Projecta, Arcam, AudioControl, Sonance, Sim2, Rotel, ST Screens, Screen Excellence, Genelec, and Legacy. Wow.

And filed under "Coming Soon" is another huge list of brands: Meyer Sound, Grimani Systems, RBH Sound, James Loudspeaker, Screen Innovations, Monitor Audio, Ineva Design, Epson, BenQ, RPG / Acoustic GRG, CAT Audio, Artnovian, Definitive Technology, Fortress, Future Automation, Audio Excellence, Draper, Steinway Lyngdorf, PMC, Anthem, Paradigm, Martin Logan, Salamander Designs, Ascendo Immersive Audio, Crown International, Mark Levinson Audio Systems, and Harman . Exhaustive!

According to The Cinema Designer, as long is the software is working with gear that's within the database, it is able to find the right locations to place speakers in systems with up to 32 channels. As you see in the list, it supports equipment from the mainstream to the super high-end.

"Even within the high-end theatre community, most systems have been stuck at around 11 channels, plus subwoofers," said Herron."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."

Before subscribing, potential users can search the database to be sure the specific speaker models you wish to use are in it. If they are, the software can generate plans in a matter of minutes, a process that used to take weeks.

Notably, Trinnov feels that The Cinema Designer is an essential tool and requires it for its Level 1 Certification program. If the designer/integrator won't use the software, Trinnov requires that a company prove it has the engineering resources to do an equivalent job. And even then Trinnov's Herron says "Frankly, even those with suitable engineering resources would be well advised to use TCD for proposal generation and first-pass AutoCAD drawings."

Now, this is professional software and the subscription is priced accordingly. A single use of the software costs $193, and a monthly subscription that offers 30 uses per months costs $72 per month. Or you can opt to pay $916 per year, for 365 uses. Obviously, the single-use option is not the way to go.

Here's a screenshot of one part of the software.
Anyhow, The Cinema Designer is a tool that can now handle 32-channel DTS:X and Atmos rigs, and that's the news.