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QSC Introduces the New AcousticPerformance™ Line of Loudspeakers


Costa Mesa, CA (December 5, 2012) – QSC Audio Products is proud to announce the launch of the AcousticPerformance™ line of professional, two-way, full-range loudspeakers, ideal for a variety of installed sound reinforcement applications which require higher SPL and a stylish enclosure. All models feature a 3-inch voice coil, high power-capacity compression driver combined with high-output woofers to deliver exceptional full bandwidth reproduction.

“In keeping with QSC’s loudspeaker design philosophy, all AcousticPerformance loudspeakers feature Directivity Matched Transition™ (DMT) which matches the compression driver to the natural coverage angle of the woofer in the cross-over region”, states Phil Sanchez, QSC Loudspeaker Product Manager. “When combined with their axisymmetric waveguides, AcousticPerformance loudspeakers deliver a flat power response with smooth and accurate sonic reproduction and remarkably consistent coverage both on and off-axis.”

AcousticPerformance models may be used in passive (full-range) mode to minimize amplifier channel count or bi-amp mode for greater control and performance. To further enhance performance, bi-amp and full-range tunings using QSC Intrinsic Correction techniques are available for Q-Sys™ and future QSC products.

All models feature M10 mounting points for deployment via eye-bolts as well as mount points for an optional yoke bracket. The AP-5122m multi-purpose enclosure features a 40-degree angle, making it ideal for floor monitor use, and a pole cup for deployment on a loudspeaker stand. The enclosure and terminal input cup on the AP-5122m have been designed to facilitate the cable runs for a clean appearance on stage.

Presenting a clean, unobtrusive look, AcousticPerformance grilles are unadorned, eliminating the need to cover-up logo treatments, which can be difficult to hide or remove. The grille is also lined with acoustically transparent backing, adding to the enclosure’s professional appearance.

AP-5102/5122/5152 models are available in black (RAL 9011) and white (RAL 9010) finishes. AP-5122m is available in black only. To minimize impact and disposal fees at the job site, all AcousticPerformance loudspeakers are packaged in environmentally friendly, recyclable cartons.

Key Features of the AcousticPerformance Line:

•DMT™ (Directivity Matched Transition) ensures smooth, coherent power response across the listening plane
•3” diaphragm compression delivers a clean and powerful high frequency response
•M10 fittings and yoke mount fittings offer flexible deployment options for a variety of applications
•Clean industrial design with unadorned grilles complement most decors and settings
•NL4 Speakon™ connector and covered barrier strip terminals*
•Bi-Amp / Passive Switchable
•Constructed from 15-ply Baltic birch plywood
•16-Gauge powder coated steel grilles
•Available in black (RAL 9011) and white (RAL 9010)*
•Complete EASE, CAD & BIM information available online
* Except for 5122m

For more information, visit the AcousticPerformance product page at http://qsc.com/products/speakers/ap/

About QSC Audio
QSC Audio Products, LLC is a leading manufacturer of power amplifiers, loudspeakers, digital signal processors, digital sound transport, and network audio for professional audio systems worldwide. qsc.com

SYMETRIX SOLUS 16 SUPPORTS 7.1 SURROUND SOUND COMPUTER LAB

RENO, NEVADA: The Red House Project is an initiative at Reno High School in Nevada that prepares students for future work with computers, software development, Internet content, CAD, and other computer-based college majors and career paths. It is one of the Washoe County School District’s “Signature Academies,” each of which focuses on a specific in-depth curriculum. Reno students who opt for “Track 1” courses receive training in graphic design, animation, video production, and digital game development using a state-of-the-art computer lab featuring the latest software, 7.1 surround sound technology, and high-definition video projection and capture. Reno-based Innovative Communication Systems (ICS) designed and installed the room’s A/V system with a Symetrix SymNet Solus 16 audio processor to provide affordable signal routing and processing.

As far as the students are concerned, the system begins with banks of fully-loaded Apple Mac Pro computers. In order to effectively wrestle all of their video outputs together with input jacks of every flavor, ICS owner Jeff Bowers and his staff installed an FSR DV-MFSW-94 presentation matrix switcher, which accepts them all and scales every signal to HDMI. From there, signal travels to a pair of school-furnished high-definition video projectors, one for a 16-foot screen on each side of the room. In addition, the room features a massive 25-foot green screen that will allow creative students to perform all manner of video trickery. A blue screen is slated for future installation.

On the audio end of things, output from the computers first hits and Extron SSP 7.1, which effectively pre-processes for 7.1 surround sound. Its output, together with two AudioTechnica wireless microphones, a microphone jack, and stereo output from the FSR switcher, feeds a Symetrix SymNet Solus 16. The SymNet Solus 16 features sixteen mic- or line-level inputs, powerful open-architecture signal processing, eight outputs, and myriad control options. The unit handles all of the system’s customized audio routing, as well as input leveling, loudspeaker management, and volume control. Self-powered QSC K10 loudspeakers handle all seven full-range channels. A Crestron AV2/PRO2 paired with a nine-inch touchscreen provides intuitive, customized user control of both the audio and video signals.

Because audio signal also needed to run to an Atlas amplifier for distribution in adjoining rooms, Bowers had to implement one small work-around. “Instead of using the eighth output for the subwoofer, we used it for the distributed system,” he said. “For the self-powered QSC KW181 subwoofer, we sent signal directly from the Extron unit. It’s one of those situations where you do a cost/benefit analysis. Is it better to buy a larger processor at greater expense or to go for the work-around at less expense? In this case the answer was clear because the subwoofer didn’t need any processing.”

He continued, “The capabilities of the SymNet Solus are fantastic, and the everyone at the company loves its price point. Symetrix’ open-architecture programming is intuitive and comprehensive. We can do all those weird little things that seem to always come up. In addition, we’ve been installing Symetrix processors for a long time, and they’re always dependable.”

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.

EASY TO NAVIGATE AND RICH WITH INFORMATION –DANLEY SOUND LABS UNVEILS NEW WEBSITE

new_danley_website.JPGGAINESVILLE, GEORGIA: Danley Sound Labs, innovator and manufacturer of awe-inspiring loudspeakers and subwoofers, has revamped its website, www.danleysoundlabs.com. Apart from a refreshing aesthetic and a transparent “feel,” the new website places information at the fingertips of those who are already involved with projects using Danley designs, those who are contemplating using Danley designs, and those who are simply curious about Danley’s unconventional more

SYMETRIX EXTENDS FACTORY WARRANTY TO THREE YEARS

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: Symetrix, manufacturer of high-end professional audio solutions specializing in DSP hardware and software, announces that all products purchased on or after October 1, 2012 are covered by a three-year limited factory warranty. The new warranty period covers all Symetrix Edge, Radius, Solus, Jupiter, Integrator Series, AirTools, analog hardware, and user interfaces.

“We at Symetrix are proud of our reputation for building dependable equipment,” said Brooke Macomber, director of marketing. “The newly extended factory warranty period reflects the confidence we have in our product quality. Our equipment stands up to the stresses and strains of the working world with tremendous resilience. Consultants and contractors will find our warranty is clear-cut and devoid of loopholes. Even more importantly, Symetrix products are reliable, and are designed and manufactured to outperform industry product life expectations.”

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.

EUREKA! ASHLY PROCESSING AND AMPLIFICATION, PROVE TO BE RELIABLE AND FLEXIBLE FOR VOLUNTEER FIRE AND AMBULANCE COMPANY

STEWARTSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA – NOVEMBER 2012: The Eureka Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company serves the greater Stewartstown, Pennsylvania area, and although most of its glory and commitment is deservedly focused on helping neighbors in need, it also boasts a fine social hall that it rents for meetings, wedding receptions, and other events. At over 4,000 square-feet, the social hall can comfortably accommodate up to three hundred people. Until recently, however, its sound reinforcement system delivered poor coverage with marginal fidelity. The company hired Stage Masters, a local AV integration firm, to renovate the room’s A/V system. Stage Masters called on Ashly Audio processing, amplification, and user control to deliver a new system that is perfectly tuned, reliable, and easy to use.

The new system is configured to flexibly meet the needs of all potential users and renters. Shure wireless microphones provide users with a ready and convenient means of amplify voice and are joined by a stereo iPod input, a handful of mic- and line-level input jacks, and the outputs from the video playback system. Shawn Fife, owner of Stage Masters, selected the Ashly ne24.24M processor based on its flexibility. For example, its I/O count is modular, and he initially outfitted the social hall’s ne24.24M with twelve inputs and four outputs. “With the Ashly ne24.24M, I can scale the processing to the needs of a particular job,” said Fife. “Moreover, the unit is network ready, right out of the box, which makes it easy to help clients remotely.”

The Ashly ne24.24M’s modularity was especially useful in this instance, because the officials requested additional output channels after the system was already installed. “I gave them Shure headset microphones for use on bingo nights, among other things,” said Fife. “After they used the system a few times, they changed their minds and wanted to give the caller a monitor channel to listen for bingo calls. Since we were already using all four of the installed output channels, they would have been out of luck were it not for the ne24.24M’s modularity. We were able to meet their request at little expense simply by adding another output card together with a small powered monitor at the caller’s position.”

The original four outputs from the Ashly ne24.24M feed four zones: the entrance hall, the kitchen, main hall left, and main hall right. Because the room is always oriented the same way for video presentations, it was possible to enhance the experience with stereo. A new BenQ SH910 projector gives the room’s users crisp video presentations. Powered by an Ashly ne4250.70 amplifier, Pure Resonance SD4 Lay-In 2×2 drop ceiling speakers give the system impressive punch and clarity with no hot spots. “For the power that they deliver, the Ashly amplifiers are extremely cost-effective,” said Fife. Although he hasn’t yet hooked into them as he has the ne24.24M, the Ashly ne4250.70 is also network-ready right out of the box.

User control of the system is simple and intuitive. An Ashly WR-5 push-button wall remote placed at the front of the room provides volume control of an adjacent microphone jack and computer input, as well as volume control of the system’s four wireless microphones. A second Ashly WR-5 located in the kitchen provides volume control of two adjacent microphone jacks, as well as an adjacent iPod jack.

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

ASHLY AUDIO REVAMPS WEBSITE, BEEFS UP ORGANIZATION AND CONTENT

WEBSTER, NEW YORK: Ashly Audio, one of leading manufacturers of power amplification and signal processing, now treats its existing and prospective customers to a newly-redesigned website (www.ashly.com) replete with well-organized product, installation and application content. With a modern look and feel, the site is easy to navigate. John Sexton, Ashly’s vice president of sales, conceived the organization and aesthetic, and graphic designer Michael Sukhenko executed it.

“Technical specifiers told us to make data sheets, manuals and drawing files no more than two mouse clicks away”, explains Sexton. “Our Products page has a spreadsheet of information in a single location. It’s two clicks for integrators to download data sheets for submittals. It’s two clicks for system designers to access A&E DOC files that can be cut and pasted right into their specification packages. Two clicks and you’re done.”

Metrics show that the Ashly website has increasing traffic from dealer’s clients and end-users, which underscores the importance of presenting Ashly products to non-technical visitors. The new website features a graphic guide on the home page – Ashly In Your World – that directs these visitors to a page that explains how Ashly products work in worship facilities, restaurants, schools, hotels and other facilities. Each market segment page features information from Ashly’s extensive collection of installation profiles and application notes.

The Technical Support & Educational menu has been enhanced by the addition of Ashly TV, a series of three to five minute videos that address specific technical topics. The page has a built-in video player. The FAQ Section was developed by the technical services staff to answer the most popular questions that arise from new dealers who are using Ashly products for the first time.

Retained in the new design is a comprehensive – and appropriately humorous – look at Ashly’s 38-year history as a pro audio innovator.

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

SYMETRIX PROMOTES MURRAY AND ULLRICH TO NEW SALES POSITIONS

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: Spurred by strong sales both in North America and throughout the world, Symetrix has expanded its sales division. The company has created two new positions and has promoted two individuals from within the company to fill them. Tim Murray, former Regional Sales Manager, West will serve as Director of Sales, US and Canada. Mark Ullrich, former Senior Technical Sales Engineer will serve as International Sales Manager. Murray and Ullrich will both report directly to Symetrix CEO Paul Roberts in their new roles. Brisk sales of Symetrix’ turnkey Jupiter DSP system, paired with the early success of the SymNet Solus and SymNet Edge systems, necessitated the change.

Murray arrived at Symetrix five years ago with over two decades of experience in the audio industry. He has worked as an independent rep, managed a professional audio retail store, and worked for both pro audio manufacturers and distributors. “I will use my comprehensive industry experience to help guide our excellent team toward continued growth and increased market share presence in the US and Canada,” said Murray. Roberts explained his selection: “Tim has an excellent understanding of the market and the technology. His ability to build strong business relationships and his effectiveness as a Regional Sales Manager made him the obvious choice for Director of Sales, US and Canada.”

Roberts continued, “Mark [Ullrich] really understands the needs of international customers. His expertise in Symetrix product technology makes him an invaluable resource. We are really fortunate to have someone with Mark’s unique set of skills as our International Sales Manager.” Ullrich has served as Sales Administrator, System Support Engineer, and Senior Technical Sales Engineer in his eight years with Symetrix. “In the short term, I intend to provide a new and dedicated resource to our excellent partner network of international distributors,” said Ullrich. “For the long term, I look forward to continued export sales growth with a strategic focus on developing markets, conferencing, and all things DSP.”

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.

DANLEY SOUND LABS NEW JERICHO J3 THUNDERS AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 2012: Football is central to the Michigan State University experience, and nearly 80,000 students and alums pack its Spartan Stadium at home games. Wearing green and white, they arrive electrified with school spirit and roar in a collective voice that, in most cases, drives the MSU Spartans to victory (they win nearly seven out of every ten games that they play at Spartan Stadium). Consistent with its importance to the school’s soul, MSU has regularly expanded the facility since it was first constructed with just 14,000 seats in 1923. This year, Spartan Stadium received a multi-million dollar audio/video systems upgrade, which included the Big Ten’s largest video board (5,412 square feet) at its south end, two auxiliary video boards at its north end, and a sound reinforcement system centered on Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers. Apart from fills, just six Danley Jericho J3s provide all of the new system’s full-range coverage with point source fidelity, excellent pattern control, and tremendous return on investment.

Led by Director of Audio Engineering Larry Lucas, Anthony James Partners conceived and designed Spartan Stadium’s new sound reinforcement system. Pro Media/UltraSound installed it under the guidance of Senior Designer and Engineer Demetrius Palavos, who managed the project from the germ of an idea to system commissioning and beyond. “There is definitely a shift occurring at the collegiate level that follows the shift that has been underway at the professional level for some time,” noted Palavos. “Everyone is recognizing that fans are routinely exposed to high-end home entertainment systems and car stereos. Even headphones and iPods offer a full-frequency experience. Such experiences have raised expectations for game day. School officials are now recognizing the need to meet those expectations at the collegiate level.”

At the same time however, budgets remain tight given the stark economic realities of shrinking endowments, state-mandated austerity measures, and charitable gifts that are, well, less charitable than they might have been a few years ago. “Danley systems have a lot to recommend them,” said Lucas, “but their most obvious advantage is an unprecedented return on investment for the client. Danley fidelity and coverage would be excellent at any price, but the actual price tag is tremendously low relative to that kind of performance. We were lucky at MSU because the Danley Jericho J3 had just become available during the designing stages.” Danley Sound Labs pioneered the Jericho series as a point-source alternative to the ubiquitous line array. Using Tom Danley’s unique insights and approaches, the J3 delivers appropriate SPL by distance while completely sidestepping the destructive interference that regularly degrades line array fidelity.

Whereas Spartan Stadium’s previous sound reinforcement system resided in the south end zone, Lucas designed the new system to fire only from the north end. “Previously, additional energy spilled out of the north side and into the community of East Lansing,” explained Lucas. “By placing all of the loudspeaker elements at the north side, we could be sure that any excess energy would spill out onto the campus instead.” Lucas’ design used the two smaller scoreboards on the north side as rigging points for the Danley Jericho J3s and Danley TH-812 subwoofers that support them. The scoreboards are approximately 200 feet apart, and the coverage from each effectively splits the stadium in two. “Firing 500 to 600 feet to the south end zone seating was the most complicated and difficult throw,” said Palavos. “It’s a balancing act to get that right and to still get even coverage and SPL at mid-field, beneath the clusters and the upper deck.”

The system affixed to the northeast scoreboard is a mirror image of that affixed to the northwest scoreboard. On each, a pair of stacked Danley Jericho J3s handle the far throw, whereas a single J3 handles the intermediate throw for the near- and medium-sideline stands. On each scoreboard, three vertically-stacked Danley TH-812 subwoofers collapse the low-frequency beam to provide throw. Ten smaller Danley SH-46 loudspeakers provide fill for areas on the north side of the stadium that are in the “shadows” of the larger boxes, such as very near the scoreboards and under the near balconies.

The system’s front end is straightforward. A Yamaha LS9 provides user control of input source selection and volume. Its output feeds a pair of Peavey MediaMatrix NION processors with Dante cards, which in turn feed HP ProCurve network switches over fiber. At each scoreboard, Lab.gruppen 7000- and 9000-series amplifiers power the Danley TH-812 subwoofers (with crossovers provided by the MediaMatrix NIONs) and the Danley SH-46 full-range loudspeakers. Prior to amplification for the Danley Jericho J3s, signal first enters a Danley DSLP48 processor. “In its processor, Danley has optimized the crossovers and processing necessary to get the very best performance from the J3,” explained Palavos. “You can’t really recreate that in another manufacturer’s processor.” All rack equipment is housed in environmentally-controlled conditions, which include both air-conditioning and heat. “Michigan starts its season humid and hot and ends it cold and snowy,” observed Palavos. An analog backup over fiber allows the system to operate even if the MediaMatrix NION or its Dante network go down.

Although never easy, tuning the new system at MSU was less challenging than it might have otherwise been because the Danley products are honestly specified and sound good out of the box. “In such a complex environment, having a well-designed and engineered product is essential,” said Palavos. “Danley does a good job of engineering up front, which means there is less time required at commissioning to get the system optimized. One of the surprises to the MSU staff was that the quality of their source material needed to be improved! With the previous system, they couldn’t hear what was lacking. But with the new Danley system, it was obvious.” Early reports indicate that the system measures +/- 3dB to each of the nearly 80,000 seats, a testament both to the Danley Jericho J3’s accuracy and to the skill of Lucas, Palavos, and their colleagues.

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 SYMNET EDGE DSP INTEGRAL TO HIGH-END HOME THEATER BASS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

MILFORD, CONNECTICUT: When the owner of a high-end home theater sought professional help to update its components and improve its audio quality, he didn’t realize just how far cutting-edge technology and expertise could take things. As part of the process, the owner hired Connecticut-based SH Acoustics to give the room proper absorption and diffusion so as to optimize the cinematic effect. Recognizing that the room’s inherent architectural properties would create tremendous inconsistencies in the bass response from seat to seat, SH Acoustics engineered an eight-subwoofer solution using the powerful open-architecture processing of the Symetrix SymNet Edge system to effectively nullify the impact of the room modes at each of the room’s twelve seats.

“The room was built into a concrete bunker, which caused prominent room modes,” explained Marc Cote, director of design at SH Acoustics. “Moreover, the proposed design for the renovation, which originally called for two large subs at the front of the system, didn’t address bass management. Even the most advanced surround sound processors don’t begin to address such problems.” SH Acoustics’ Senior Consultant Jeremiah Flaherty served as project manager. “We used a combination of volume, equalization, delay and subwoofer placement to effectively manipulate the acoustical signature of the room for the better,” Flaherty said. The flexibility and massive processing power of three open-architecture Symetrix SymNet Edge frames gave the experts at SH Acoustics all of the tools they needed to dial in the ideal bass response, as well as proper fine-scale tuning of the system’s many full-range components.

The screen channels are traditional cinema screen channels, with left-center-right served by beefy biamped JBL units powered by QSC amplifiers. Four James Loudspeaker Power Pipes subwoofers are located at the front of the room under the stage, whereas six Pro Home Cinema subwoofers line the sidewalls for the purpose of balancing out the room response. Finally, four rbh D’Apollito loudspeakers serve each of the three rear channel positions for a total of twelve surround sound components. Because the Symetrix SymNet Edge system uses a modular I/O topology, Flaherty was able to outfit the three Edge frames with eight analog inputs (fed by the surround sound processor) and twenty-eight analog outputs.

As far as the end user is concerned, the three Symetrix SymNet Edge frames are simply magical black boxes, but using the Symetrix SymNet Composer software, Flaherty and Cote were able to use them like a comprehensive audio chemistry set. “We had complete control over each loudspeaker and subwoofer component,” said Cote. “Getting connected to the system with SymNet Composer was easy, and because the SymNet Edge system networks via the Dante protocol, dealing with eight inputs and twenty-eight outputs was no problem. All of the time-tested DSP modules from earlier-generation systems are still there, with some nice additions, such as Flex Filters.” Flaherty added, “Designing the system within SymNet Composer was straightforward, despite the complexity of the program we created. I really like having the ability to group modules with a common purpose into ‘super-modules.’ I could have four conceptually-simple super-modules, but within each might be fifty constituent modules. It’s a clean way to work.”

Apart from its simplicity, a key advantage of the Dante protocol is its almost un-measurable latency. “With earlier systems, we had to be careful to group common elements within a single processor, or the network latencies might mess with the tuning process,” said Cote. “Dante removes that concern and prevents us from chasing our tails.” With comprehensive programming that addresses every aspect of room tuning, the three SymNet Edge frames are only using 50% of their processing power, leaving plenty of room to address future requests. “You never know exactly what you’ll need until you get into a room and start tuning it,” said Cote. “With SymNet Edge, we were able to include all of the processing blocks that we thought we might possibly use, which made the tuning process much more efficient.”

He continued, “We appreciate that Symetrix is always conservative with its releases, such that there are no bugs or broken elements. Even though the SymNet Edge system is new, there was no problem in specifying it. Symetrix also provides excellent customer support, which can be critical when things get complicated and the client is watching. In addition, the audio quality of Symetrix equipment, including not only floating-point DSP and great algorithms, but also top-notch analog preamps and converters, makes its inclusion within high-end home theaters possible.”

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.

SYMETRIX EDGE PROCESSORS DELIVER SOPHISTICATED AUDIO SYSTEM IN GARDNER-WEBB UNIVERSITY’S STUDENT CENTER

BOWLING SPRINGS, NORTH CAROLINA – NOVEMBER 2012: Gardner-Webb University, a private institution serving 4,300 students in North Carolina, recently completed a $30 million construction project at the heart of the campus. University President Dr. Frank Bonner described the new Tucker Student Center as “the single-most impressive and most transformational building ever built on Gardner-Webb’s campus.” The building’s high-fidelity sound reinforcement system is consonant with that description. Its event space is equipped with a 7.2 surround sound system that is perfect for movie screenings and rider-ready for high-profile bands. Local A/V firm A Sound Experience designed and installed the system around a pair of Symetrix SymNet Edge processors networked together and with a Yamaha CL5 console via the new Dante protocol.

The heart of the audio system resides in the event space, which is a complex of divisible and combinable rooms that will host movie screenings, performing arts events, concerts, and meetings. However, its tendrils extend throughout the student center to provide high-quality background music in the building’s restaurants, store, recreation area, and common areas. “The new system at the Tucker Student Center is tremendously powerful and flexible, and just a few years ago a comparable system would have cost two or three times as much,” said Preston Hinson, systems engineer at A Sound Experience. “The SymNet Edge possesses a tremendous amount of processing power, and the use of the Dante network reduced the labor costs substantially while simultaneously improving system performance.”

Inputs to the system include six wireless microphones, Dante ports located in each of the divisible rooms, output from a 7.2 surround sound processor, several media inputs, and stage boxes. The SymNet Edge frame possesses a modular I/O topology, and one frame, dubbed “Dante In,” is fully loaded with sixteen analog inputs. Its considerable processing power is devoted to conditioning each input, which is then available anywhere in the system via the Dante network. “I’ve worked with virtually all of the older digital audio distribution protocols, and they were always tedious and somewhat problematic, said Hinson. “ In contrast, I simply plugged in Dante and it worked. The simplicity and robustness of it blew my mind. The Yamaha CL5 integrated seamlessly. This was the first job I have completed in which all of the patching is done via Cat5.”

The second SymNet Edge frame is dubbed “Signal Management” and handles all of the routing, combining, and output conditioning for the system. “Symetrix’ new SymNet Composer design software proved to be very intuitive,” said Hinson. “It was all drag-and-drop.” The second Edge’s modular I/O slots are outfitted with sixteen outputs for distribution to several loudspeakers and zones. The heart of the system is in the surround-sound room, where the Yamaha CL5 resides. Its loudspeaker complement is comprised of iSP HDL 3112 line array cabinets, iSP HDM 210 fills, and iSP dual twelve-inch horn-loaded subwoofers. Other rooms in the complex that combine also use the iSP HDM 210s. Elsewhere in the building, output from the SymNet Edge feed an iSP HDDS system, which distributes audio to iSP ceiling speakers via Cat5 cabling.

For expert users, the Yamaha CL5 provides the main point of control for the system. Keys allow different users to access different levels of control, ranging from full concert mixing access to modest volume changes for meetings. Students and staff access the video playback system from the surround sound processor, which has the look and feel of a consumer-grade stereo component. Elsewhere in the building, iSP wall plates allow users to plug in any line level source with an eighth-inch jack. However, when Hinson and the school’s A/V staff realized the potential of Symetrix’ ARC-WEB technology, they plan on using it in conjunction with ARC-WEB.

“ARC-WEB allows us to give staff and students customized control of the audio system – and anything with RS-232 control, such as the video playback system – via any smartphone or Internet-connected device,” said Hinson. “They are very excited about that. In addition to providing control of the video system, we may move all audio input sources to a common location and then let an ARC-WEB interface provide input selection and volume control.”

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.

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