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SYMETRIX ANNOUNCES 2011 INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTOR AND REP AWARD WINNERS

(Pictured from left to right) Hock Thang and Paul Roberts of Symetrix, Jun Zhu and Alan Ho from Sanecore Audio Ltd.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – DECEMBER 2011: Symetrix announced its international distributor and sales representative award winners for fiscal year 2011. UK-based World Marketing Associates earned International Rep of the Year for the tremendous strides it made in introducing Symetrix’ innovative solutions to a broad range of industry professionals in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Norway-based Fotophono earned Symetrix’ Distributor of the Year Award in Europe. For the second consecutive year, China-based Sanecore Audio Ltd. in the Asia-Pacific region and Canada-based SF Marketing in the Americas earned International Distributor of the Year Awards.

“We’re doing everything we can to build DSP solutions for a wide range of applications,” said Paul Roberts, director of sales and marketing for Symetrix. “But all of our efforts are for naught if our products don’t find their way into the hands of industry professionals. Therefore, we are grateful for the efforts and successes of our reps and international distributors as exemplified by World Marketing Associates, Fotophono, Sanecore, and SF Marketing and are excited for 2012.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX
Sound professionals rely upon the performance, value and reliability of audio mixing, routing and processing products from Symetrix. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1.425.778.7728.

CLAIR GLOBAL INTRODUCES THE CF 1090 FRACTAL ANTENNA

cf1090_fractalantenna.JPGLITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA – DECEMBER 2011: Clair Global is introducing the CF 1090 Fractal Antenna for live entertainment applications worldwide. The creation of the CF 1090 is a study in guided serendipity.

In the summer of 2010, Clair Global acquired Wireless First. Both the company’s founder, Kevin Sanford and his chief engineer Josh Flower had been working on a new wireless antenna in their shop for several years. Now, as part of the Clair team, they moved quickly to take advantage of Clair’s innovative spirit and talented staff. The final stroke of genius was the inclusion of Dr. Nathan Cohen, whose decades of experience as founder of Fractal Antenna Systems Inc. make him one of the world’s foremost experts on the technology at the CF 1090′s heart. Using fractal technologies, whereby self-similar scaling of antenna elements both reduces housing size and increases frequency range, more

SYMETRIX SYMNET WITH SYMVUE CONTROL TECHNOLOGY HELPS HYATT REGENCY CALGARY KEEP IT SIMPLE

CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA – NOVEMBER 2011: The Hyatt Regency Calgary is one of the finest hotels in the Canadian city for which it is named and, as such, hosts a tremendous volume of extravagant and top-drawer affairs. The hotel’s nine combinable ballrooms and six combinable meeting rooms are constantly in use for business meetings, weddings, and other events. However, until recently, the Hyatt’s management and staff struggled to control the audio system that delivered sound reinforcement to those spaces. It had been a challenge from day one and only became more frustrating as time passed. While in the process of undergoing a seven million dollar renovation to the ballrooms and meeting rooms, hotel management made the decision that it was also time for a major change in regards to the sound and video systems. Hyatt management asked Calgary’s DBI Systems Integration to design and install the new systems. Using Symetrix SymNet DSP technology, Symetrix SymVue user interface technology, and Symetrix ARC-SWK wall panel remotes, DBI Systems Integration provided an audio system that was simultaneously comprehensive enough to allow infinitely flexible use of the event spaces but simple enough to be controlled even by non-technical staff.

“The old system was first-generation digital technology, with one manufacturer for the DSP and one manufacturer for the user control,” said Jerry Van Dyke, owner of DBI Systems Integration. “The interfacing between the sets of technology was very cumbersome and unreliable at best and the hotel had spent a small fortune just keeping it limping along since its original installation by another company.” Our goal was to give them everything that was so obviously lacking in the old system. The systems would have to be simple to operate, flexible, and reliable while still being powerful enough to handle the complex tasks required.”

A significant component of the design solution was to avoid involving two manufacturers, as had been done previously. “Even today, equipment from different manufacturers doesn’t always integrate as seamlessly as it should,” he said. “Often when a problem does arise, each manufacturer will claim that it is the other company’s fault. There have been instances where each company washes its hands of the problem, and you’re left in the middle with an unhappy client. I was impressed with Symetrix’ significant strengths in both the processing and the interface sides. Based on past experience I knew that if I ran into any trouble, Symetrix would be there to help us solve any issues!”

Van Dyke called on three Symetrix SymNet Express 8×8 CobraNet devices to provide the appropriate input/output count with powerful open-architecture processing to customize the routing logic for the Hyatt Regency Calgary. The three units gather inputs from the nine ballroom sections, the six meeting rooms, and four divisible sections of a grand foyer and allow them to be routed anywhere. On average there is one to two inputs in each zone with some zones having up to three inputs with some inputs being summed. To keep it simple, a 15-inch touch screen computer was employed and they overlaid a schematic of the rooms with buttons that allow them to be easily combined or decoupled via the Symetrix SymVue interface technology. “Via the touch panel they just press the rooms they want to combine and those rooms change to a common color to indicate that they are combined,” he said. “They can un-combine them in the same way, or press a reset button to start fresh.” There’s one page for the ballrooms and foyer and another page for the meeting rooms.

In addition, Symetrix ARC-SWK remote wall panels provide each room with local control of input sources and master volume. When rooms are combined, their ARC-SWKs become redundant. A combination CD-player/iPod-player back at the control room provides common background music that each room can tap if needed. “The routing logic and processing at the Hyatt Regency Calgary is actually tremendously complex,” said Van Dyke. “But with Symetrix’ well thought-out interface technologies, we were able to keep all of that under the hood and hidden from view. The controls that we have designated as presets are so intuitive that truly, anyone can figure them out with an absolute minimum of training.”

Two-hundred-watt AMK twelve-inch coaxial ceiling speakers went in with the old sound system, and Van Dyke was happy to tell the hotel that they could be utilized in the new sound system. “Those speakers are very good quality, but the previous installer had tapped them at 30-watts and then used 100-watt amps to power groups of three,” he said. “It was like running a race car on a 40-mph governor when you consider the problem of getting high SPL to the floor cleanly when the Hyatt’s ballroom ceilings are twenty-two feet high.” “The Hyatt often has events where a significant level of SPL is required and we wanted to be sure that this would no longer be a problem for them to achieve.” To give the Hyatt the performance of “new” loudspeakers for a song, he added five 4-channel QSC CX204V and six 2-channel QSC CX302V amplifiers. He added 200-watt transformers to each loudspeaker and then tapped them at a much more generous 100-watts with there being an option to tap them higher if it was required “Even if I ignore the contribution of the new processing, it’s an obvious and drastic improvement to the overall system sound,” said Van Dyke. “Whereas before the Hyatt would suggest that clients bring in their own rented sound system for music-heavy events, the newly-adjusted ceiling speakers sound so good that they often don’t need to.”

“It’s easy to focus on Symetrix’ sophisticated user control, but the sound quality is top-notch as well. Symetrix started in the broadcast and recording markets, where sound quality is a really big component of what matters. That legacy helps to make Symetrix processors sound fantastic,” Van Dyke concluded.

ABOUT SYMETRIX
Sound professionals rely upon the performance, value and reliability of audio mixing, routing and processing products from Symetrix. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1.425.778.7728.

STACKED WITH TECHNOLOGY. CALIFORNIA’S STACKED RESTAURANTS FEATURES IPADS AT THE TABLES AND ASHLY NE8250PE AMPLIFIER/DSP BEHIND THE TUNES

WEBSTER, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 2011: Remember the on-board food ordering systems aboard the starships in the (pick your favorite) Star Trek series? After a long day battling deadly aliens, navigating thorny philosophical predicaments, and contextualizing the human experience, Captain (pick your favorite) would select a meal on a TV screen mounted on the wall and, moments later, food would be either delivered via high-tech dumb waiter or fabricated on the spot from raw chemical constituents. Well, now thanks to the iPad(r) and the visionary team behind Stacked, you too can order your food on a screen (deadly aliens, etc. optional). With an iPad at every table and an addictive app that allows customers to visually build their ideal burgers, pizzas, salads, and desserts, Stacked offers a glimpse into the future. And because everything about the California-based chain needs to live up to our hopeful expectations about that future, A/V integrator No Static Pro Audio Inc. (Burbank, California) delivered hi-fi sound to all three existing locations using eight-channel Ashly Audio ne8250pe amplifiers with onboard DSP and out-of-the-box network-ready integration.

From the customer’s perspective, the iPad ordering system is transparent and easy to navigate. For example, the hamburger builder allows the user to drag tomatoes, lettuce, mushrooms, etc. from one side of the screen to a virtual burger on the other side of the screen. When they’re finished, they hit “send to kitchen” and a sophisticated triangulation system determines the table of origin and then communicates the order to the cooks. When they’re finished, customers have the option of using the built-in credit card readers to pay for their meal with the iPad. “I think it’s worth pointing out that the food is really, really good,” asserted Eugene Gordon, CEO of No Static Pro Audio Inc. “The technology will get people in the door once, but the quality of every other aspect of their experience will keep them coming back.”

Music is a high priority at Stacked. Chief information officer Brian Pearson is passionate about selecting upbeat tunes from across a range of contemporary genres. The songs reside on a gigantic MegaSeg repository from which a week of back-to-back songs will never repeat – and never let the carefully molded Stacked brand topple. No Static Pro Audio Inc. came to the project on a recommendation from another contractor already involved in the creation of the restaurants, and the pairing couldn’t have worked out better. “It’s fun working with Brian,” Gordon said. “He’s knowledgeable and excited about new technology and great sound.” To tie the Stacked music experience into the Stacked iPad experience, Gordon worked out a little app that allows patrons to review the last five songs that played, right from the table’s iPad.

The sound system Gordon designed for Stacked is both high-performance and cost-effective. Eight-ohm ElectroVoice ZX1-90 full-range loudspeakers provide audio throughout the establishment and JBL SRX718S 18-inch subwoofers kick up the kicks around the bar and dining area. An Ashly ne8250pe paired with an Ashly WR-5 wall-mount remote control comprise the rest of the audio system. The ne8250pe delivers eight channels at 250 watts per channel into 4 ohms (and since Gordon ran two 8-ohm loudspeakers per channel, that’s what they deliver). Moreover, the ne8250 has onboard Protea(tm) DSP and network integration – all in a single unit that is only two rack-spaces high.

Gordon reduced the cost of the project by turning to the Ashly model ne8250pe for the sound system amplification, matrix mixing, control and digital processing. The on-board 8-in x 8-out Protea(tm) DSP processor and matrix mixer provides overall equalization for the system, loudspeaker alignment & delay, and matrix mixing to allow, for instance, satellite TV audio for the bar and, at the same time, background music everywhere else. It also provides auto-leveling and brick-wall limiting. The programmable Ashly WR-5 allows Stacked staff to change volume separately in each zone. In addition, it allows them to select the MegaSeg playlist or the satellite TV as the input source for each zone.

“The Ashly ne8250pe is a high-performance, cost-effective, space saving solution for a place like Stacked,” said Gordon. “We were able to tuck the two rack-space unit into the server rack located in the equipment room, which was dominated by the back-end iPad infrastructure. The amp is reliable, great sounding, and powerful – indeed, Stacked has tons of clean headroom. Mostly to offer peace of mind, we employed the ne8250′s network capability so that we could monitor and change its status remotely.”

Be on the lookout for more Stacked locations opening up nationwide. Their plan is to open four to five of the restaurants each year!

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO
With a greater than thirty-seven year history, Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of quality signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets.

www.ashly.com

WRIGHT CONSULTING ASSOCIATES INC. CREATES DESIGN SOLUTIONS USING DANLEY MINI SUBS AND GENESIS HORNS

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – NOVEMBER 2011: Since its formation in 1985 on the burgeoning north side of Indianapolis, Indiana, College Park Church has grown consistently and rapidly. Its early meetings at a local hotel quickly overflowed and inspired a move to a local warehouse where, after a few years of fundraising, College Park set down roots in a new building all its own. But its blessing of growth continued apace, inspiring one, then two, then three Sunday services. Now, decades later, College Park Church is celebrating the completion of a new 4,000-seat sanctuary with raked seating that can accommodate the entire congregation (for now at least!). David Wright, president at Wright Consulting Associates, recommended a subwoofer solution with Danley Sound Labs TH-MINI subwoofers, which are small, (true to their name), tremendously efficient, and truthful (true to their brand). WCA arranged an audition for the church A/V tech team and recommended that subwoofers already designed be replaced with Danley models instead.

College Park Church’s musical style is best described as contemporary, diverse… and big. A live band, a full choir, and an orchestra complement the sermon. Indeed, the services often incorporate dramatic reenactments and prerecorded multimedia support, both of which require full sound reinforcement.

“Originally some soft ideas about ground stacking subwoofers in fairly arbitrary positions along front walls and corners of the room led to inconsistent low end,” said Wright. “Flying subs is always preferred by Wright but structural considerations conspired to nix the idea. The next best idea was to hide subwoofers underneath the center dais.

“But the space underneath the dais kept getting smaller during construction,” Wright continued. “It was an ideal application of the Danley TH-MINI subwoofer, which we had flown successfully in other projects. The TH-MINI is the only subwoofer on the market that could be hidden under the dais and yet still deliver compelling deep bass to 4,000 seats.” Although audio products used in audio systems are important, Wright is quick to point out that they are nothing without proper balancing and commissioning. “That intangible part of the system was done exceptionally well by Acoustic Dimensions, who we originally recommended to Aspen Group, our architect. By cleverly employing delays, listeners anywhere in the sanctuary naturally localize all sounds to the stage, the best part of the design and key to the performance of the system.”

Looking to the future, Wright will again employ eight Danley TH-MINI subwoofers in Indianapolis’ Shortridge High School, an historical location. In a state where basketball is king, (eighteen of the largest high school gyms in the USA are located in Indiana – and it was the inspiration for the movie Hoosiers) the school’s new 4,000-seat gymnasium will be large enough to host large sectional tournaments. Wright and his employees Daniel Farrar and Russ Hoppel carefully modeled the space in EASE and determined that the bass component would be best served by flying two end-firing subwoofer arrays, each lobe aimed at one of two gigantic bleacher sections, to minimize spill from room surfaces.

But the modeling served an acoustics purpose first. “We worked to simultaneously keep the acoustic budget in line even while bringing a six-second reverb down to one-and-a-half seconds,” explained Wright. “We considered a number of full-range solutions and planned to present them to the client as a ‘good, better, best’ option set.” But we were surprised that the “best” option was two Danley Genesis GH-60 horns, one for each bleacher section. Its efficiency and tight pattern control would work in synergy with well placed acoustical treatments to maintain impact and clarity. “The numbers led us to the realization that the Danley solution would be less expensive than the original design. Wright said. “The Genesis Horn coverage and efficiency allowed us to replace nine other boxes with just two Danleys. The reduction in the total loudspeaker cost combined with the reduction in installation labor made the Danley solution the least expensive and also best performing.”

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

AURALEX IS EXCLUSIVE ACOUSTICS SPONSOR AT CEDIA CHINA 2011 EXPO AND CONFERENCE

SHANGHAI, CHINA – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, is the sole acoustics sponsor at the CEDIA China 2011 Expo and Conference, set to take place at Shanghai International Convention Center November 23 through November 25.

“We are excited to represent the acoustics industry at CEDIA China, as we are currently expanding our presence throughout Asia,” says David Fischer, CEO of Auralex Acoustics. “Not only does this show support Asia’s emerging audio and home cinema industry, but it will be the most impactful international exhibition for the residential electronic systems technology industry across the region. Our role at this show solidifies our leadership and commitment to providing innovative acoustical solutions across the globe.” more

SYMETRIX JUPITER PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY BENEFITS RODGERS ORGANS

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 2011: For over half a century, Rodgers Instrument Corporation has been designing and manufacturing church, concert, and home organs that strike a magical balance between the deep traditions of so elegant an instrument and the cutting edge technologies that can make organs accessible to a wider audience. Recently, Rodgers signed Novo Group of San Francisco as the new dealer for Rodgers organs in Northern California. With almost thirty years of parallel experience in the acoustical/audio/video integration business, Novo Group principal Art Yeap made a small tweak to the standard Rodgers installation protocol: he added an 8-in/8-out Symetrix Jupiter 8 processor between the organ outputs and the amplifiers. The addition allows him to make a number of small adjustments that sum to a noticeably more balanced and musical whole.

Rodgers organs are found throughout the world in places both prestigious and intimate. For example, Carnegie Hall boasts a celebrated Rodgers organ that was dedicated by Virgil Fox, the most famous organist of the last century. At the other end of the spectrum, Rodgers organs can be found in the homes of many organ enthusiasts. However, the vast majority of new installations performed by Novo Group go into churches. Most are between two and four manual (i.e. keyboards) and based on proprietary digital synthesis technology. “Not only does Rodgers’ digital synthesis seek to capture the intentional attributes of organ sound, but it also seeks to recreate the anomalies and imperfections,” said Yeap. “For example, a Rodgers organ is continuously detuned in slight and random ways to recreate the nonlinearities of a pipe organ in the context of ever-shifting atmospherics.”

Each organ has multiple unbalanced stereo outputs that correspond with the ranks or sets of each division. In addition to the advanced processing capabilities that it gives him, Yeap inserts the Symetrix Jupiter 8 right at an organ’s output (and housed within the organ chassis!) to provide a true balanced output to the amplifier. “I’m still flexible, but after so many decades working with sound, I do have some strong opinions,” Yeap laughed. “The amplifiers that are standard with a Rodgers organ run close to their limit. So I replace them with Crown XLS-series amplifiers.” Because the amplifiers are sometimes quite remote, the balanced line is guaranteed to be quieter and more reliable.

Once inserted and housed, Yeap loads the “Line Processor 1″ app onto the Symetrix Jupiter 8 and uses Symetrix’ simple PC-based software to dial in the perfect speaker sound given the idiosyncrasies of the room that the organ will live in. His baseline processing includes high-pass filtering for those divisions that don’t have low bass and overall limiting to protect the loudspeakers from the potentially more powerful amplifiers. At volumes within the range that the factory speakers are capable of producing, the limiter lets signal pass unaffected. The limiter only kicks in at higher volumes.

“We selected the Symetrix Jupiter processor for this application because it is incredibly transparent, easy to use, and competitively priced,” said Yeap. “Its noise floor is below that of the organ itself and I have no qualms about an additional AD and DA conversion because it’s so faithful. The Jupiter’s app paradigm is simple to use, and even though I’m comfortable with the more complex open-architecture platforms out there, the Jupiter’s simplicity makes installation fast and painless. I just set my laptop on the organ, connect to the Jupiter via Ethernet, and dial it in.” Because the Jupiter powers up without hassle, Yeap can tie it into the master power for the entire organ system. The client doesn’t even need to know it’s there.

“The combination of additional processing and more amplifier headroom makes for a noticeably better organ sound,” said Yeap. “In fact, one of the Rodgers factory personnel who has been working with the organs for decades paid us an unsolicited compliment. He said our installations are the very best he’s ever heard a Rodgers organ sound. I’d say we’re doing something right!”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Sound professionals rely upon the performance, value and reliability of audio mixing, routing and processing products from Symetrix. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1.425.778.7728.

LAMBEAU FIELD NEW HOME FOR DANLEY GENESIS HORNS

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GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – NOVEMBER 2011: It would be hard to overstate the cultural significance of Lambeau Field. Set in a mid-sized city in eastern Wisconsin, the 73,000-seat “Frozen Tundra” is home to the reigning NFL champion Green Bay Packers. Season tickets to Lambeau Field have been sold out for over half a century, and despite repeated seating capacity expansions, the average wait time for the 81,000 desperate souls on the season ticket waiting list is thirty years. In addition to the high drama of “regular” Packers football, Lambeau Field hosted the 1967 “Ice Bowl,” where -15-degree air (-45 wind chill) provided a merciless backdrop for a contest that would have been historic at any temperature. As part of an ongoing commitment to ensure that game day lives up to its reputation, the Packers recently heeded pleas to improve stadium sound. A new distributed system, based on Danley Sound Labs’ revolutionary Genesis Horn, Synergy Horn, and Tapped Horn loudspeaker technologies, now provides clarity, intelligibility, and punch that has exceeded all expectations.
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EDA PRO GROUP NAMED SYMETRIX U.S. REP OF THE YEAR FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – NOVEMBER 2011: Symetrix announced that EDA Pro Group, LLC of Snellville, Georgia earned its “Fiscal Year 2011 U.S. Representative of the Year Award” for the second year in a row. EDA Pro Group represents Symetrix products in the southeastern United States and has consistently returned sales well beyond expectation.
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TIGHTER, EFFICIENT, MUSICAL, TRANSPARENT. DANLEY BOXES DELIVER FOR CANADA’S GRANT MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA – NOVEMBER 2011: Grant Memorial Baptist Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba was founded by Scandinavian immigrants in 1894. In the hundred-plus years that followed, Grant Memorial grew steadily into a cornerstone of Winnipeg civic life. Today, a residence for seniors and a K-12 school (serving over 800 students) share the modest property that also includes the church’s over 1,500-seat sanctuary (1,123 Main/430 Balcony) and multi-purpose auditorium. Until recently, the school’s renown for performing arts education was a bit of an irony, as the A/V system in the auditorium that supported its public performances, as well as weekend services, did not match the caliber of the content or talent. With some brotherly advice, Grant Memorial recently celebrated, as part of a number of other capital projects, a new Danley Sound Labs-based sound reinforcement system that is now perfectly musical and intelligible.
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