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ASHLY PROCESSING AND AMPLIFIERS JOIN DANLEY LOUDSPEAKERS AND SUBWOOFERS AT HOPE UNITED METHODIST

TRINITY, FLORIDA – JANUARY 2013: Like many churches, Hope United Methodist Church in Trinity, Florida limped along for many years with an aging sound reinforcement system. As components died, well-intentioned church members replaced them with purchases from the music shop, and things slowly drifted toward poor intelligibility and dissatisfying musical impact. The straw that broke the camel’s back was a series of channel failures on the old analog FOH mixer. They could no longer deal with all of their inputs, never mind the quality of everything downstream from the mixer! Hope United hired Christian Sound Installations (CSI) to start from scratch, and the integrator designed and installed a first-rate sound system that includes Ashly Audio processing and amplification and Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers, subwoofers, and stage monitors.

“Like most mid-sized churches in the current economic climate, Hope United needed to stick to a strict budget,” said Paul Garner, CSI’s owner and chief designer. “Of course, it’s my job to bring the system in at or under budget, but I’m not willing to do that by sacrificing quality, performance, or reliability. Because ultimately, the work reflects on CSI, and no one makes allowances for the budgetary constraints we were working under. They either hear a good system, or they hear a bad system.” Part of CSI’s cost-saving plan for the 450-seat sanctuary was to forgo the acoustical treatments that the church thought was necessary to increase intelligibility. With conventional loudspeakers, they would have been correct, but by using the exceptionally tight pattern control of Danley loudspeakers, Garner was able to keep energy off the walls.

Everything in Hope United’s sound reinforcement system is new. The stage has six Sennheiser G3 wireless microphone systems, a ClearSonic drum shield, and an Aviom personal monitoring system for the drummer. A cutting edge Allen & Heath GLD-series digital console gives the operator the flexibility of a modern digital system with the intuitive feel of a classic analog console. CSI recessed the equipment rack into the wall adjacent to the mixer, and the back of the rack is accessible from a nearby closet. A Tascam hard drive recorder lets the church easily record all of the sermons for easy uploading to the church website.

An Ashly Protea 3.6SP processor provides all input and output conditioning for the new sound system. “I’ve had great success with the entire Ashly processor line,” said Garner. “The bang for the buck I get with the 3.6SP and 4.8SP can’t be beat. For a straightforward installation, they have everything I need, without heaps of stuff I don’t need. Importantly, the audio path and algorithms are clean and natural sounding.” In addition to providing crossovers, limiting, and overall EQ, Garner used the Ashly 3.6SP to signal align the house system with the stage monitors.

Two Danley SH-100s are arrayed roughly twelve feet off the center of the church angled slightly down and out, with a single Danley TH-212 subwoofer covering all of the seats. Two Danley SM-100M low-profile loudspeakers serve as ultra-high-fidelity stage monitors. With an EASE model, Garner determined that the Danley pattern control would yield the most even coverage of all the viable alternatives, but hearing a Danley system sealed the deal. “I brought the client down to my church, where we run a Danley system,” said Garner. “The clarity and impact is so obviously beyond what a conventional system can deliver. They were convinced.”

Three Ashly KLR-2000 amplifiers power the Danley boxes. “The Ashly KLR-Series sounds excellent and has proven to be perfectly reliable,” said Garner. “We’ve put a lot of them in and had zero failures, zero callbacks, and no issues whatsoever. That means a lot in today’s market. It’s nice to deal with companies like Ashly and Danley that recognize that there’s still something to be said for quality while still working hard to keep costs in line.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A. www.ashly.com

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

SYMETRIX EXPANDS GLOBAL REACH IN THE MIDDLE EAST

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JANUARY 2013: In response to growing global demand, Symetrix announced an expanded partnership with World Representation Inc. for direct-to-dealer sales in the Middle East. The arrangement was launched at a very successful InfoComm MEA in October. World Representation Inc. is partnering with Symetrix to facilitate sales and help distribute the entire range of Symetrix digital signal processors and control interfaces in the region. The new initiative will guarantee that A/V integrators and other audio professionals in the Middle East will have ready and reliable access to the dynamic range of Symetrix high-end professional audio solutions, including SymNet Edge and Radius Dante network audio DSP, ARC-WEB browser-based control technology, and comprehensive teleconferencing DSP hardware and software.

“This is the next step in our steady growth worldwide,” said Mark Ullrich, international sales manager at Symetrix, who met with interested dealers and integrators at InfoComm MEA in Dubai. “From the numerous meetings I had at the show, it’s clear that there is a lot of excitement for Symetrix products in the Middle East, especially SymNet Edge and Radius Dante network audio DSP. The fact that the SymNet platform features the hugely popular Dante technology for networked audio, as well as a suite of conferencing solutions, all of which can be controlled from your iPhone via ARC-WEB, makes SymNet DSP hardware and software very appealing and competitive.”

“Over past years Symetrix has been enjoying phenomenal success globally as a market leader in DSP,” said Iain Cameron, technical sales manager at World Representation Inc. “Following the introduction of SymNet Express and SymLink, the Integrator Series broke the already well-established Seattle-based signal processing company into the then nascent DSP market. Since that time Jupiter (app based turn-key DSP), Solus (standalone fixed I/O DSP) and the recently introduced Edge and Radius (Dante network audio DSP) have joined this comprehensive portfolio of solutions. Symetrix decision to offer direct-to-dealer sales though World Representation will allow us to offer much closer support to the Middle Eastern and African markets. We look forward to meeting users, integrators and consultants to discuss how Symetrix can provide elegant and cost-effective solutions from the smallest to the largest of installations.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix’ independent ownership and management. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

ASHLY APPOINTS TAU AUDIO SOLUTIONS NEW DISTRIBUTOR IN BELGIUM, THE NETHERLANDS, AND LUXEMBOURG

WEBSTER, NEW YORK: Ashly Audio, one of the world’s leading designers and manufactures of high-quality, high-performance signal processor and power amplification solutions for the commercial and professional audio markets, has appointed Tau Audio Solutions as its exclusive distributor in “Benelux” (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg). Tau Audio Solutions has been importing and supplying audio communications systems to the Benelux region for fifteen years, and with its connections and expertise, Ashly expects to enjoy the same steady growth in Benelux that it has enjoyed in the U.S. and other international markets.

“It’s our experience that Ashly’s high-performance line of audio electronic products work best when paired to high-performance loudspeakers,” said John Sexton, Ashly Audio’s vice president of sales. “Tau’s combination of SoundTube loudspeakers and Ashly amplifiers and DSP is a perfect match. Tau will have the ability to present turnkey audio system solutions to its Benelux dealers. We look forward to working with Ron Vossen and the Tau sales team to grow Ashly’s business in the Benelux region.”

“Ashly has been on our most wanted list for many years,” added Vossen. “It’s a company that is known for its high standards and quality products. Ashly is a perfect fit for our portfolio, and the appointment is a very nice gift for our fifteenth birthday.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

WITHOUT ADDING A SINGLE NEW RIGGING POINT, DANLEY SPEAKERS DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE COVERAGE AT XAVIER UNIVERSITY’S CINTAS CENTER

CINCINNATI, OHIO: The Musketeers men’s basketball team is the standout athletic program at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Over the last dozen years, the team has made an appearance in an NCAA tournament in all but one, and Forbes places it among the nation’s top twenty most valuable college basketball programs. The Musketeers play at the 10,500-seat Cintas Center at Xavier University, which was built in 2000. Xavier University recently asked consultant Anthony James Partners and local integrator ICB Audio & Video to update the sound system with increased coverage of seating areas that were poorly covered by the original system. In part because no additional rigging points could be added, the solution centered on lightweight Danley loudspeakers and subwoofers with excellent pattern control and exceptional sound quality.

“The Cintas Center is a large venue, and Xavier University does a good job keeping up with it’s A/V system,” said John Keller, who configured the system and the rigging with ICB Audio & Video. “They wanted the new system to improve upon the old system’s coverage, which had quite a few holes – most notably in the first few rows on the floor. The big trick was that we couldn’t add any rigging points nor add significant weight to the rigging points that existed.

“Of course,” he continued, “the reason you get holes in coverage is because the speaker is delivering the wrong pattern at the wrong location, but the direct and obvious solution of adding new locations wasn’t on the table. Nevertheless, the coverage, efficiency, and relatively lightweight design of Danley loudspeakers allowed us to meet the facility’s goals within those stringent constraints.” An interesting side note, when Danley demo’d its products for the Xavier officials, they responded to its noticeably superior fidelity with a chant that exceeded the most indulgent fantasy of the most optimistic contractor. “They literally chanted, ‘Cut the check!’ and ‘Give the man the P.O.!’ to the head of purchasing,” recalled Mike Hedden, Danley president. Anticipating a chuckle of incredulity, he added, “They really did do that!”

The new Danley system replaced the old system, cluster for cluster. Ten clusters use a pair of Danley SH-96 full-range loudspeakers stacked in opposite orientations to provide complete coverage of the upper and lower bowls. Two additional clusters use an SH-96 with two Danley SH-64s to provide expanded coverage at either end of the bowl. A total of six Danley TH-115 subwoofers hang independently in two rows along the arena’s long axis. Each cluster is dead hung from a single point because a pick point wasn’t possible; the catwalks and other ceiling hardware couldn’t safely support it.

Keller was able to reuse the wiring infrastructure, and ICB replaced the distributed audio system for all of the facilities outside of the bowl with a BiAmp system networked via CobraNet the previous year. A 32-channel Yamaha LS9 console serves as a new front end, with CobraNet output feeding a new QSC Basis DSP system. The two DSP systems share audio via CobraNet. A rack of QSC CX- and PL-series amplifiers power the Danley loudspeaker and subwoofers.

“The coverage and sound of the new system are dramatically better than they were in the old system,” said Keller. “There are no dead spots, and the cabinets work together nicely in the clusters. How that happens exactly is Danley’s magic secret. In the areas that were covered previously, the coverage is now more even. The client is very pleased, and I’m impressed that we were able to swap out all the speakers within a two-week window in order not to conflict with their basketball schedule or corporate sponsors. Using the same rigging points was really the only option to get the job done.”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

SYMETRIX JUPTER AND ARC-WEB DELIVER SMARTPHONE CONTROL TO CHANGE A RESTAURANT INTO A BAR!

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH: Zest Kitchen and Bar would be near the top of the heap in both the “hip” and “forward-thinking” categories were it located in, say, New York City. But on the high desert of Salt Lake City, Zest’s commitment to local organic produce and liquor, its haut vegetarian menu, and its nightly changeover from conscientious eatery to thumping dance club put it in a category all its own. When veteran restaurateur Casey Staker conceived of Zest, he knew it had to have a great sound system – and he also knew that he had to have ultimate control over the performance and volume of that sound system. Local A/V integration firm Performance Audio obliged, using a Symetrix Jupiter 8 processor to dial in Zest’s fidelity and a Symetrix ARC-WEB to provide custom control of all relevant parameters directly from Staker’s smartphone.

“Staker has been in the restaurant and bar business for a long time,” said Jake Peery, system design & installation expert with Performance Audio and the individual responsible for Zest’s custom sound system. “More than once, he’s seen a good time ruined by overzealous DJs, who effectively chase patrons out the door with sheer volume. Since he plans on a regular rotation of local DJs along with not-infrequent shows by national DJs on tour, he wanted some personal insurance that no such thing would happen at Zest. I recognized that the Symetrix ARC-WEB was the answer. It would give him all the control he wanted on his smartphone.”

The Symetrix Jupiter 8 processor fills most of its eight inputs from an iPod dock, a microphone, a computer and a balanced stereo pair located at a modest FOH position. Repurposed QSC RMX-series loudspeakers and JBL Control 25s join a collection of new JBL AM7212s, AC28s, and ASB6118s to provide the system with serious output. A repurposed Crown CTS4200 powers the loudspeakers in less critical locations, while new Ashly KLR 4000 and KLR 5000 amplifiers power the most prominent loudspeakers and subwoofers. “The Ashly KLR series gives me the best bang for the buck,” said Peery. “Nothing else touches them on price, and the output is loud and clean.”

Of course, Staker wouldn’t be at Zest all the time, and his staff would need to control the system in his absence, so Peery installed a Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote in the manager’s office. The ARC-2e allows the staff to recall presets for different modes of operation. However, Staker’s ARC-WEB control digs deeper and allows him alone to override zone volumes. “In addition to being a great sounding and inexpensive device, the Symetrix Jupiter’s support of ARC-WEB was a deciding factor in this installation,” said Peery. “ARC-WEB is easy to set-up and use, and is compatible with many popular web browsers, operating systems and devices, including iPhone/iPad and Android. Casey’s on an Android device right now, but that might change. If and when it does, ARC-WEB will still work just the same.”

“Controlling the system from my phone is very cool,” admitted Staker. “Every DJ hears something different. With the system Jake designed, I can control the volume from anywhere in the restaurant, and I can make individual adjustments to the dining room, the bar, or the dance floor. I can pin it to what I want, not what the DJ wants.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix’ independent ownership and management. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

SYMETRIX SYMNET RADIUS 12X8 DSP PLAYS BALL AT PHILADELPHIA’S WELLS FARGO ARENA

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: FM 97.5 is better known to Philadelphia sports fans as The Fanatic, and recent agreements with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Philadelphia Flyers gave its listeners a new reason to cheer. As of this season, the station will broadcast all 76ers and Flyers games in full FM stereo and full FM bandwidth, a substantial improvement over the previous station’s AM broadcasts. Both teams play in The Wells Fargo Center, and Greater Media, the owner of FM 97.5, recognized that a substantial upgrade in its broadcast audio infrastructure would be required to deliver reliable, high-fidelity game day sound. In what is perhaps the one of the nation’s first Dante radio broadcast digital backbone system in a professional sports arena. Greater Media installed three Symetrix SymNet Radius 12×8 processors with built-in Dante digital audio networking. The SymNet Radius 12x8s gather inputs from three strategic locations in the Wells Fargo Center and deliver them with full fidelity and near-zero latency to the station’s codec.

“It was apparent that a lot of The Wells Fargo Center’s broadcast audio infrastructure might have been appropriate for the fidelity of an AM broadcast but that it wouldn’t work for an FM broadcast,” said Rodney Byrd, engineer with Greater Media. “AM is forgiving; FM is not.” And because bringing the fidelity up to FM standards would require a complete overhaul, it was an excellent time to build an infrastructure that would be flexible, easy to use, and amenable to future changes. “The Fanatic has the contract for multiple years, and the expectation is that they will renew,” explained Pat Conneen, an audio engineer who contracts with Greater Media, was an A/V integrator, and a is also a Symetrix rep. “So, they wanted to get it right from the start.”

Several issues presented themselves, but foremost was the disparate locations used by the players, the 76ers announcers, and the Flyers announcers. The players, of course, use the locker rooms and the main floor. The 76ers’ announcers use an area on the balcony, and the Flyers’ announcers use a space adjacent to the press box. The previous radio station physically moved its equipment several hundred feet depending on which team was playing. “It was clear to us that that was not what we wanted to do,” laughed Byrd. A better plan was to place a SymNet Radius 12×8 at each of the three locations and rely on its Dante network backbone to deliver audio to the Telos Zephyr Xstream codec via the SymNet Radius 12×8 located near the press box.

“Of course, cabling all of that up with copper would have been a tremendous and costly undertaking,” said Byrd. “In contrast, the Dante bus requires only CAT6 cabling, and it allows us to push signals from anywhere to anywhere within the network.” Conneen added, “We were originally considering using another manufacturer’s system with a proprietary digital network, but then Symetrix announced the SymNet Edge system [to which the Radius 12x8 is related]. The features, benefits, and industry acceptance of Dante made it the clear choice. Personally, both Rodney and I have history in the live sound industry, and there Dante is being used to send huge numbers of channels between inputs, and outputs of consoles. If it was working for that application, I was confident it would be robust for our needs.”

He continued, “I also knew that Symetrix has a longstanding reputation within the broadcast industry for delivering clear, high-fidelity audio. Its analog components are excellent, and its processing algorithms are transparent.”

The other major component of the installation is a pair of digital mixing consoles, a Soundcraft unit for the Flyers and a PreSonus unit for the 76ers. Signal processing duties are shared between the consoles and the SymNet Radius 12x8s. “The SymNet units are flexible enough to bring in either line inputs or mic-level inputs, so we have a lot of flexibility in terms of which inputs go where,” said Byrd. “We’re still working out exactly how we want to control them on a day to day basis, but the most likely solution will be to create custom SymVue panels for a PC interface.” Because the Radius 12x8s are easily IP addressable, the station can make changes to the system either at the arena or remotely from its broadcast studios.

Because the Dante network accepts 128 channels of audio, it will be easy for Greater Media to expand the system with the addition of another SymNet Radius 12×8 or a SymNet Edge processor. No additional wiring will be necessary to bring new signals to the station’s codec.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix’ independent ownership and management.  For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

KanexPro Releases HDBaseT Scaler for Presentation Systems

Introducing the next-generation in ultimate presentation scaling and switching, KanexPro announced today the HDSC12D scaler to its pro-line of high-resolution scalers.
This 12-input high resolution scaler boasts a twisted pair output based on HDBaseT® technology that will compensate for long runs up to 230 feet (70m) while switching and scaling up to 12-inputs. It includes an independent receiver, which extends the HDMI output. Fully HDCP and EDID compliant, this professional scaler can be used anywhere from lecture halls, conference rooms to health care facilities and control centers.

Features:
• Switch & Scale 12-inputs to 2-high-resolution displays
• 4 HDMI + 4 VGA Inputs with 3.5mm Audio
• 1 YPbPr + 1 Composite / S-Video Input with L/R Stereo Audio
• 1 Microphone Input
• 1 HDMI +1 VGA Output with L/R Stereo Audio (For non-HDCP encrypted content)
• 1 HDMI HDBaseT CAT6 STP receiver included
• Extender supports distance up to 230ft [70m]
• Supports scaling input up to 1080p
• 2 x 10 Watt Amplifier
• IR remote control included
• RS-232 & TCP/IP control with third party control systems
• Backed by KanexPro 3 -Year Parts & Labor Warranty

For more information, please visit: http://www.kanexpro.com/item/?id=HDSC12D

Ultimate in Presentation Switching Environments

11 Distributors Form Catalyst AV Nationwide Distribution Network of Specialty Products

11 Distributors Form Catalyst AV Nationwide Distribution Network of Specialty Products

Established local-area professionals supporting integrators through personalized selling and servicing

Burlington, MA – December 13, 2012 – Catalyst AV (www.catalystav.com), a new nationwide distribution network comprised of 11 independent distributors that serve the residential and professional AV channels in the US, today announced its formation.

Operating from 16 locations across the US, the Catalyst AV network serves more than 10,000 professional integration companies. According to board member Mike Hench the group is committed to maintaining sustained inventory levels to assure next-day (and where applicable same-day) delivery in the continental U.S.

The members of Catalyst AV share a common vision as to how better serve the integrator and the manufacturer. This includes fostering personal relationships through one-on-one selling and servicing, offering project consultation and design, and providing top-tier technical support.

The group will use its 16 locations to host manufacturer training events and product showcases. Special emphasis will be placed on technologies that frequently cause installation compatibility issues such as networking, media distribution and home control.

”Given changing market conditions and the growing intricacies of systems integration, we believe in-depth support in all these arenas is crucial for the continued sustenance and growth of the integrator’s business model,” says Hench.

“Taking on the demands of just-in-time inventory and providing real backbone tech support like helping with setup, troubleshooting, debugging, etc., truly makes us a key part of the supply chain,” furthers Hench.

The Catalyst AV member companies are:
• Allnet Distributing (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (Nevada, Arizona)
• Custom Plus Distributing (Pacific Northwest / Alaska)
• Easy Access Distribution (Northeast)
• Electronic Lane Distributors (Southwest)
• Electronics Source (Florida and Southeast)
• Electronic Stockroom (California)
• HCA Distributing (Rocky Mountains)
• Pioneer Music Company (Plains States)
• SPD (Upstate NY)
• Tech Source Distributors (Mid-Atlantic)

The Catalyst AV Board of Directors are:
• Mike Hench – Electronics Source principal (former president of The EDGE Distributors Group)
• Steve Presti – Easy Access Distribution principal (former president of DDG)
• Wally Whinna – Allnet Distributing principal (former executive vice president and co-founder of AVAD)

Look for upcoming press releases regarding Catalyst AV vendor partner announcements, line shows and training events.

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 11 independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 10,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence.
www.catalystav.com

SYMETRIX SOLUS 8 AND JUPITER 4 DELIVER THE MESSAGE AT SOUTHEAST ASIA BIBLE SEMINARY

MALANG, INDONESIA – DECEMBER 2012: The Southeast Asia Bible Seminary (SEABS) instructs students from around Indonesia and other nearby countries from its campus in Malang, East Java. It offers several degrees, including a Bachelor of Divinity, multiple masters degrees, and a Doctor of Ministry. To match the needs of an expanding student body, SEABS has added new buildings and infrastructure to its facilities. Most recently, the school added a 1,600-seat auditorium and a 150-seat recital hall, both of which required high-impact sound reinforcement. A/V integration firm PT Gracia Auvindo of Jakarta designed and installed those systems using the Symetrix Solus 8 open-architecture processor and the Symetrix Jupiter 4 fixed-architecture processor, both of which offered cost-effective performance perfectly tailored to the needs of the school.

“The school officials asked for a very clear and intelligible sound reinforcement system,” said T.S. Phan, engineer with PT Gracia Auvindo. “They wanted excellent dispersion and coverage for all of the seats in both venues.” The auditorium will be used for very large services (an existing sanctuary hosts SEABS’ regular services) and for other large events, such as graduation ceremonies. In contrast, the new recital hall will be used for small services, seminars, and overflow from the auditorium.

A new Midas mixing console serves as the input and control hub in the auditorium. On-stage microphones, piano, and band instruments provide the bulk of the input material. The console sends signal directly to a Coda Audio house PA via CAMCO amplifiers. However, console output is also distributed to the basement, the first floor public areas, and the second floor by way of the Symetrix Solus 8 processor. For the distributed system, QSC amplifiers provide power to Ecler ceiling-mounted loudspeakers. The Symetrix Solus 8 also provides output for Coda Audio side-fill, out-fill, front-fill, and backfill loudspeakers.

“The Symetrix Solus 8 was a cost-effective choice,” said Phan. “It not only gave us the high-fidelity sound asked for by the client, but also gave us open-architecture flexibility to design exactly what was needed. For example, I could insert two channels of feedback fighters on the stage side-fills, where it was needed, without wasting that resource on the other outputs, where it wasn’t needed.”

The recital hall is considerably simpler. Input sources such as stage microphones and a few band instruments feed a small Midas mixer, which in turn feeds a Symetrix Jupiter 4 fixed-architecture processor. From there, CAMCO amplifiers power a Coda Audio loudspeaker system consisting of stereo full-range boxes paired with stereo subwoofers. Phan used a “Sound Reinforcement” app to configure the Symetrix Jupiter 4 with appropriate input/output structure and processing blocks. “The Symetrix Jupiter 4 is a very simple, cost-effective DSP for this type of application,” said Phan. “I just chose an appropriate app using the Symetrix App Finder on the Symetrix webpage, loaded it up on the unit, and made a few parameter adjustments, and it was ready to go!”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix’ independent ownership and management. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

ASHLY’S PEMA™ HOLDS UP IN COURT

WAPAKONETA, OHIO: Construction of the Auglaize County Courthouse was completed over a century ago in 1894. Occupying a full city block in downtown Wapakoneta, Ohio, the building stands true to its original design. Ornate and dignified sandstone frames the two-story structure, which is capped by a clock tower and a recently renovated statue of Lady Justice. In order to bring its capabilities in line with 21st Century expectations while still retaining the charm and repose of its 19th Century origins, the county renovated the Auglaize County Courthouse to the tune of $30 million. Among the myriad renovations was an overhaul of the audio/visual systems installed in its three courtrooms. With limited space, a strict budget, and future-proof expectations, local integration firm RG Sound & Communications centered each courtroom’s new system on an Ashly Pema 8125.70 integrated processor and amplifier.

“One of the first things that the county officials pointed out was how long the courthouse had been serving the community,” said Shawn Snider, project manager at RG Sound & Communications. “They expected these renovations to serve on a similar timescale. That meant that we needed to design and install an audio/video system that would be sufficiently flexible to meet their unanticipated needs many years into the future. For that reason, and because they had a tight budget and limited (19th Century) closet space, we felt that the Ashly Pema, which offers eight channels of fully-featured matrix processing and eight amplifier channels in a two-rack space chassis, was the perfect choice.”

With only slight variations, the installed A/V system in each of the three courtrooms is more or less identical. Eight court-supplied microphones feed a court-supplied (and government-inspected and certified) recorder. Its mixed output feeds the first input on the Ashly Pema, and a redundant summed line feeds the unit’s second input. The remaining six inputs receive signal from an NTI audio/video matrix mixer, which is in turn fed by audio/video outputs at the lawyers’ tables and at other strategic locations throughout the courtroom. Computer control of the NTI matrix resides with the judge, who can patch any video input to any video output (including individual retractable flat screen monitors for each juror). Audio can be played in the courtroom if the judge so chooses. Because more than one video input can be selected at one time, the system accommodates multiple audio sources using the Ashly Pema’s inputs three through eight. The Ashly Pema’s eight amplifier channels power a distributed in-ceiling collection of Community DS8-series loudspeakers.

“Because no audio technician would be on hand during proceedings, we used the powerful DSP capabilities of the Ashly Pema to provide consistent, intelligible audio from the microphones and from the A/V output,” Snider said. “By using the Ashly Pema over a separate DSP/amplifier solution, we were able to help the county stay on budget. Moreover, both the NTI A/V matrix and the Ashly Pema reside comfortably on the network, making it easy for us to make changes for them remotely. The fact that we can lock out the front panel of the unit ensures that no unqualified technicians will attempt to make changes to the system.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

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