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L-ACOUSTICS ARCS WIDE Fills In Grand Canyon University Arena

Clearwing supplies fixed ARCS WIDE system for ‘Lopes basketball games and touring KARA system for concert reinforcement

PHOENIX, Arizona — When Grand Canyon University’s Antelopes men’s and women’s basketball teams joined the Western Athletic Conference this summer and upgraded to Division I, GCU Arena was in need of a sound system retrofit worthy of the new division level. To accommodate, GCU turned to the local Phoenix office of Clearwing Productions, which provided two independent L-ACOUSTICS ARCS WIDE and KARA loudspeaker systems for the 5,000-seat multipurpose venue. more

Extron Now Shipping All DMP 128 Audio DSP Models

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of all DMP 128 Series audio digital signal processors, including models with Dante™ audio networking, AEC – acoustic echo cancellation, and analog telephone connectivity. The award-winning DMP 128 Series are 12×8 audio mixers featuring Extron ProDSP, automixing, and I/O expansion capabilities. The DMP 128 C P and DMP 128 C P AT are the newest models shipping, and feature POTS – plain old telephone service capability for connection to an analog phone line and handset. The DMP 128 Series offers a configuration approach to DSP that simplifies mixing, routing, conferencing, and room optimization. Quick and intuitive configuration using the DSP Configurator Software allows the DMP 128 to be installed in very little time, with easy-to-learn adjustments that can be heard in real-time. more

Digital Rapids StreamZHD Encoding System Hits the Road on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

August 15, 2013 — Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids –- the trusted provider of innovative media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing video to wider audiences — announced today that the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is using Digital Rapids’ StreamZHD encoding system to educate students and deliver online streams of their live productions from its state-of-the-art, mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit organization that has traveled across the US and Canada for the past 16 years serving as a living legacy to John Lennon by providing young people with free access to hands-on music and video creation. Students and emerging artists alike are afforded the opportunity to create original content alongside today’s most recognized musicians and the team of experienced engineers on board. Through studio tours and workshops — which include celebrity appearances, live performances and live multi-camera video productions streamed online in real time — young musicians can learn how to write, perform, record and produce original songs and music videos. The StreamZHD system encodes high definition source signals into multiple concurrent live output streams ranging from mobile to HD resolutions.

“We want our students to get hands-on experience with the same equipment they’ll encounter in professional studios should they enter the industry, and since we are often producing shows featuring A-list celebrities, quality and reliability are critically important,” said Jeff Sobel, Chief Engineer, The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. “We also needed to be able to stream multi-bitrate video with state-of-the-art codec implementations and have complete control over the streams’ specifications. StreamZHD was recommended to us by our streaming infrastructure partner TodoCast and was by far the best solution that fit our needs.”

“Preparing live and on-demand content for delivery to audiences across multiple platforms and viewing devices is now an intrinsic part of video production workflows, making it an important aspect of educating future video professionals,” said Brent Ross, Director of Sales, North America at Digital Rapids. “We’re thrilled that the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is using StreamZHD not only to bring their live productions to their online audience, but also to train their students on the same premium media transformation solution used by the world’s leading studios and media organizations.”

Digital Rapids’ StreamZHD ingest, encoding and archive systems deliver high-quality, multi-format video capture, encoding, transcoding and streaming in versatile configurations that integrate easily into any professional environment. Offering the industry’s deepest feature set, they provide superior quality, flexibility, format support and efficient automation for transforming media for applications from post production and archive to live and on-demand multi-screen distribution.

The complete range of Digital Rapids solutions will be showcased in booth number 7.F33 at the IBC 2013 exhibition in Amsterdam. For more information about Digital Rapids, please visit www.digitalrapids.com.

About Digital Rapids Corporation — Digital Rapids provides market-leading content transformation and workflow solutions that empower the world’s leading media organizations to reach wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Recipients of more than two dozen prestigious awards for company and product excellence, Digital Rapids combines innovative technology with proven expertise and visionary insight to help our customers expand their audiences, increase their revenues, and reduce their costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digitalrapids.com) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and Argentina.

About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus — The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization featuring a state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. In its 16th year of touring, the Lennon Bus features the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. The Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences. A second Bus will provide the same opportunities to songwriters in the U.K. and Europe when it begins traveling abroad in May 2013. The Bus is made possible through the generosity of sponsors including Avid, Apple, Montblanc, Sony, Neutrik, Musician’s Friend, Gibson, Epiphone, NAMM, True Religion, Genelec, Vox, NewTek, TodoCast, Mobile Roadie, Audio-Technica, Ableton, Roland, Boss, JamHub, Sonicbids, Disc Makers, Mackie, Ampeg, Digital Media Academy, Litepanels, Manfrotto, Clear-Com, Anton/Bauer, AJA, New Bay Media, Copperpeace, Apogee, Glyph, Applied Acoustics Systems, McDSP, Native Instruments, IK Multimedia, Noise Industries, iZotope, Slingerland Drums, and Mad Mimi, Boingo, Solid State Logic, and SKB Cases. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by an agreement with Yoko Ono Lennon.

FSR’s Digital Ribbon Cables Receives rAVe Reviews at InfoComm 2013

Mega-Bandwidth HDMI Cables Take Home “Best New Accessory” Award from rAVe [Publications]

Orlando, FL – FSR’s new Digital Ribbon mega-bandwidth HDMI cables were a hit with attendees and judges alike at this year’s InfoComm. The cost and time saving innovation received an outstanding reception by attendees, and was recognized with a 2013 Best of InfoComm Award as “Best New AV Accessory” by rAVe [Publications].

“We are proud to add this award to our growing trophy room!” said FSR president Jan Sandri. “It’s an amazing honor to have our Digital Ribbon Cables singled-out as the best-of-the-best by rAVe at InfoComm 2013, an event that showcased more new products and technology than ever before.”

Based upon a proprietary composite technology, FSR’s Digital Ribbon Cables took home the “Best New AV Accessory” award for its capacity to carry 1080p and 4k x 2k HDMI signals up to 325 feet, nearly twice that of other “extended” solutions, with crystal clear accuracy. The product’s ultra-simple, fast installation (just pull and plug), and money-saving ability to operate without transmitters or receivers add to its appeal.

Shipping now, additional information can be found at: http://www.fsrinc.com/products/dr-pcb-hxxm.htm

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

Extron Now Shipping New Two Input Fiber Optic Transmitter Wallplate

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the new FOX T UWP 302, a two input fiber optic transmitter for long haul transmission of HDCP-compliant HDMI, RGBHV, or HD component video and stereo audio signals over fiber optic cabling. Engineered for convenience, reliability, and exceptional image performance, this Decora-style wallplate transmitter uses all digital technology to provide perfect pixel-for-pixel transmission of images up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60. Analog signals are digitized to ensure high quality transmission. The transmitter also provides a host of integrator-friendly features, such as EDID Minder®, Key Minder®, audio embedding with gain and attenuation control, auto-input switching, and real-time system monitoring. The FOX T UWP 302 is ideal for a wide range of applications that require long haul transmission of high resolution digital and analog AV content in a wallplate form factor. more

D-TOOLS SIX 2013 ADDS SIGNIFICANT NEW FEATURES and FUNCTIONALITY THAT MAXIMIZE SYSTEMS INTEGRATOR OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCIES

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

D-TOOLS SIX 2013 ADDS SIGNIFICANT NEW FEATURES and FUNCTIONALITY THAT MAXIMIZE SYSTEMS INTEGRATOR OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCIES

Productivity and performance enhancements to the award-winning software platform now available to current SI users as part of D-Tools’ shift to annual product release cycle

CONCORD, CA – AUGUST 8, 2013 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced a major new release of its flagship software platform, SIX 2013. Available now to integrators worldwide, this new release adds valuable productivity features and enhancements that enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators to both streamline business processes and increase profitability while simultaneously reducing overhead. Delivering on D-Tools’ commitment to streamlining product updates and enhancements by consolidating them into an annual release, SIX 2013 delivers timely software updates for customers participating in the D-Tools Software Assurance program.

Building on the new architecture of the System Integrator platform, SIX 2013 makes it faster and easier than ever to perform key functions of an integrator’s business – estimation, system design, and project management. Moreover, SIX 2013 offers improvements in virtually every functional area including data and project management, QuickBooks and third-party integrations, mobile connectivity, as well as a major upgrade in the software’s drawing capabilities. The application delivers a powerful yet easy to use solution that positively effects – and thereby improves – all areas of an integrator’s business.

“The SIX platform was conceived and designed with the ever-changing needs of the market and our customers in mind,” said Corey Krehel, CTO of D-Tools. “The result is a robust yet simple to use solution that enables us to deploy new features as part of rapid and regular release cycles. Our Software Assurance customers will realize the added benefit of receiving new features as they are completed throughout the year, and we will make annual updates available to the rest of our user base through a more traditional upgrade process.”

D-Tools SIX 2013 includes the following new features and enhancements:

  • Product Catalog:
    • User-configurable pricing levels have been expanded
    • Create Price Rules across pricing levels
    • Find products and accessories used and replace
  • Projects:
    • Compare with Catalog
    • Split Bulk Wire for specific runs
  • Drawing enhancements:
    • Add Product Tree to Visio and AutoCAD
    • Shape Tree improvements
    • Shape and Block settings: Assign shapes to category types, categories, and products
    • Store and apply shape properties to individual products or categories
    • Support for AutoCAD 2014
    • AutoCAD – insert drawing pages
    • Visio – Elevation and Plan Shape improvements
    • Visio – Finish Wire with Graphic Line Ends
    • Visio – Custom mouse-over text on Visio Shapes
  • Calendar improvements:
    • My Calendar and Team Calendar
    • Project Calendar & Service Order Calendar
  • Foreign Currency in reports at specified exchange rates
  • QuickBooks Integration improvements:
    • Export to QuickBooks Purchase Order from Project Editor
    • Add to an existing QuickBooks Estimate from Project Editor

More than 4,400 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems. To learn more, please visit www.d-tools.com. Click here to visit the all-new SIX Wiki and here to visit the “Getting Started with SIX” videos.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association’s Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer’s Excite Award (2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor’s Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro’s High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

 

D-Tools Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

  

 

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SIX DANLEY GENESIS HORNS AND FOUR DANLEY SUBS DELIVER FLEXIBILITY  AND UNPARALLELED PATTERN CONTROL TO OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY’S NEW STUDENT LIFE AND RECREATION CENTER

BOURBONNAIS, ILLINOIS: Located an hour south of Chicago in Bourbonnais, Illinois, Olivet Nazarene University serves over 4,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students. In order to support the campus community and to promote student health and wellness, the university recently completed construction on the new Student Life and Recreation Center. Among many other amenities (including a four-story climbing wall!) the new facility features a 72,000 square-foot field house with four full basketball courts ringed by a running track. Olivet Nazarene University plans to eventually use the space for concerts, ceremonies, and other large events in addition to its day-to-day activities. With that goal in mind, the field house sound reinforcement system is a high-powered combination of Danley Sound Labs GH-60 Genesis Horns (with SH-100 loudspeakers for fill) paired with Danley TH-118 subwoofers which are configured in a steered cardioid array.

AVI Systems, of Bensenville, Illinois, designed and installed the system with significant design and commissioning assistance from Johnson AV Engineering of Chicago. The Assistant Director of Audio and Lighting Production, Matt Steinacker already had their heart set on the sound of the Danley GH-60 Genesis Horn,” explained Aaron Johnson, president and principal engineer at Johnson AV Engineering. “AVI brought us on board based on our prior experience with Danley systems. I agreed with their choice. The GH-60 sounds great and, like all Danley boxes, exhibits excellent pattern control. Good pattern control was essential to keep direct energy off of the walls as much as possible.”

The system they arrived at uses six Danley GH-60 Genesis Horns in two groups of three arrayed in a ring at the center of the field house. A Danley SH-100 provides down-fill below each cluster of GH-60s. Depending on the configuration of the room, the university’s A/V staff can use the entire ring of loudspeakers for full 360-degree coverage or they can split the ring in half and use only one side or the other. A line of ten additional Danley SH-100s cover the bleachers along one side of the room.

Initial acoustic models of the space suggested the room would have a very long reverb time. Johnson knew that it would be essential to control the low-frequency energy. To that end, he worked with Danley Sound Labs’ DDT 2D modeling software to design a steered cardioid subwoofer array whose pattern would approximately match the coverage pattern of the GH-60 Genesis Horns. He used two hangs of two Danley TH-118 subwoofers each. Each TH-118 is separately processed and powered, and the net effect delivers low-frequency energy centered at 60Hz in a ring which is steered down towards the floor with very little LF energy radiating up towards the ceiling. When only half the space is used and the GH-60 Genesis Horn ring is cut in half, the subwoofer array can also be cut in half to focus low-frequency energy in the appropriate direction.

Biamp Audio DSP provides all of the system processing, with Lab.gruppen C-series amplifiers providing the power to the Danley loudspeakers and subwoofers. AVI designed the system so that the main GH-60s, the downfill SH-100s, the bleacher SH-100s, and the subwoofers are all capable of independent control. For daily use, a Crestron control system provides intuitive input selection and volume control.

“The reverb time turned out to be close to 5.5 seconds,” said Johnson. “That’s very long, but with the high directivity of the Danley loudspeakers and the subwoofer array, the direct-to-reflected ratio is really good. The original plan called for acoustic treatment, but when the school officials heard the installed system and considered their budgetary priorities, they opted to forestall the acoustic treatment. It’s really to Danley’s credit – a less controlled system would have required significant acoustic treatment just to sound passable.”

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 SOLUS 8 OPEN ARCHITECTURE, FIXED I/O DSP GIVES BACKSTAGE PERFORMANCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE

DUBUQUE, IOWA: Located in the city of the same name, the University of Dubuque is a private Presbyterian university in Iowa that educates 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students. The school recently finished construction on its new Performing Arts and Campus Center, which features a 1000-seat performance hall and a flexible black box theater that can be arranged to seat anywhere between a twenty- and two hundred-member audience. A flexible backstage paging system centered on a single Symetrix SymNet Solus 8 open architecture, fixed I/O DSP paired with four Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remotes provides exceptional functionality on a very tight budget.

Threshold Acoustics (Chicago, Illinois) designed the FOH and backstage sound reinforcement systems, and Professional Audio Designs (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) installed them. “This was a challenging project because the building itself ran over budget and the university was forced to make deep cuts elsewhere,” explained Kim Leonard, president of Professional Audio Designs and a Dubuque native. “We worked with Threshold Acoustics to value engineer the system to about half the cost, with as little reduction in functionality, performance, and reliability as possible.”

The auditorium, which will host lectures, ceremonies, dramatic productions, musical productions, and concerts, as well as religious services, features an Allen & Heath iLive console at FOH, with QSC amplification and EAW loudspeakers and subwoofers. The black box theater, which has abundant infrastructure to allow stage positioning in any cardinal direction, as well as theater in the round, features a smaller version of the auditorium’s FOH system. Although there were savings to be found in the FOH systems by a careful reconsideration of the design, savings elsewhere would spare as much of the original FOH design as possible.

The backstage paging system can be shared between the two spaces, or it can be separated. Each venue has its own portable stage manager console, which includes a Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote that allows simple push-button user control over page destination. Two additional ARC-2e, located at the tech table position and at the FOH mix position, provide paging system communication. The Symetrix SymNet Solus 8 DSP collects the microphone inputs from those locations, performs the necessary output matrixing as determined by the ARC-2e wall panel remotes, and provides input- and loudspeaker-conditioning to maximize intelligibility. QSC amplifiers power 70-volt Atlas loudspeakers.

“With configurable open architecture programming, the Symetrix SymNet Solus 8 DSP is very flexible and yet also cost-effective,” said Leonard. “It provides a uniform paging environment throughout the facility with all of the intuitive functionality we needed. It allowed us to work within the revised budget without sacrificing performance or reliability.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN’S DUDERSTADT MULTIMEDIA CENTER NOW FLUSH WITH API ANALOG CONSOLES

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN: The Duderstadt Center on the University of Michigan campus is a unique facility, not only because it is outfitted with three API consoles. In addition to housing libraries for the Art, Architecture, and Engineering programs and various computing facilities, the Duderstadt Center also houses the Digital Media Commons, which now includes three audio creation, recording, and production rooms designed by Walters-Storyk Design Group. Two of the rooms are recent additions and, in conjunction with the original Audio Studio’s 48-channel API Vision console, feature a 32-channel API Vision console and a 16-channel API 1608. As one might expect, the sophisticated, yet easy to navigate, rooms are used for art, music, and recording classes and provide students with first-hand experience in professional facilities. Importantly, any University of Michigan faculty member, staff member, or student can receive training on the use of the Duderstadt Center facilities and then use those facilities for any purpose whatsoever, school-related or not.

“The Duderstadt Center functions more like a lab than it does a classroom or a commercial studio,” explained David Greenspan, managing producer, University of Michigan. “We complement the audio facilities with video production resources, including computer animation workstations, a video capture studio, and editing suites. Users can take their video projects directly into the audio rooms. We were careful to design the whole facility in a way that would effectively flatten the learning curve. We would much rather have our users creating inspired art than worrying about which buttons to push. Because all three audio rooms use API consoles, users can [easily] move between them.”

The smallest of the three rooms is lovingly referred to as EMS A, short for Electronic Music Studio A. It is organized around the API 1608 console, which features slots for any 500-series modular processor. EMS A employs that flexibility to offer users three flavors of compression in dual-channel pairs: two API 525s, two API 527s, and two Pendulum Audio OCL-500s. Monitoring uses a 5.1 combination of Adam full-frequency loudspeakers and Genelec subwoofers. The larger EMS B is organized around the 32-channel API Vision console, which was custom built by API to deliver either 7.1 or 8.0 surround sound via Genelec 1037 loudspeakers and subs. Comprehensive networking between EMS A, EMS B, and the original Audio Studio’s 48-channel Vision allow sharing of resources – and even synchrony for large and involved productions.

When deciding what consoles to install in the new rooms, many factors came into play. “First, I wanted to protect the University of Michigan’s investment,” said Greenspan. “Signal flow is signal flow, whether you’re working with an analog console or a digital console. But digital protocols change, and I couldn’t promise the provost that a digital console we installed today would still be relevant twenty years from now. With an analog heart, we can be flexible and stay current with the evolving digital technologies that surround it.”

Given the Duderstadt Center’s positive experience with the original API Vision console, Greenspan was inclined to fill the new rooms with API consoles as well. “When they go out of warranty, it will be less expensive to maintain a single manufacturer than it would be to maintain multiple manufacturers,” he said. “But it also makes the training less onerous and the transition from room to room much easier. That sounded like the most inspiring approach to take.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.)
Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY WELCOMES STUDENTS WITH SYMETRIX

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: St. John’s University in New York City is one of the world’s leading Catholic institutions of higher education and serves over 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Welcoming prospective students and introducing them to all that St. John’s has to offer is a tremendous undertaking. To put its best foot forward, the university recently updated its welcome center. Included in that update is new A/V presentation technology underpinned by a standalone Symetrix SymNet Solus 16 open-architecture DSP. Shadowbox Design Management of Hicksville, New York designed and installed the new system.

“The school wanted to invest in newer presentation technology to create a good impression for prospective students and for new students,” said Joseph Ondrek, vice president of Shadowbox Design Management. “Moreover, they wanted to make the presenters’ jobs easier.” Inputs to the system include a Denon Blu-ray/DVD player with RS-232 control, a satellite TV feed, a permanent lectern computer, an auxiliary laptop computer jack, two Sennheiser wireless microphones, and a permanent podium microphone. Two Sharp 80-inch LED monitors with independent output via a Kramer 4×4 HDMI matrix switcher complete the video portion of the system.

The audio inputs feed a Symetrix SymNet Solus 16 standalone open-architecture DSP, which features sixteen inputs, eight outputs, and flexible third-party control options. Shadowbox programmed the Solus 16 to use a gain-sharing auto-mixer for the three microphones, which provides a well-balanced output volume regardless of differences in voice volume or mic technique, as well as robust feedback protection. “The Solus 16 has plenty of inputs for this system, which includes a number of stereo input sources,” said Ondrek. “There’s still room for future expansion if the school chooses to add additional devices. Its open architecture software allowed us to tailor the functionality, and its comprehensive RS-232 controls allowed for easy integration with a third-party controller from RTI. Of course, Symetrix always delivers dependable processors, and that was an important consideration too.”

An RTI RK3V 3.5-inch color touchscreen controller permanently mounted to the presenter’s lectern allows independent source selection for video and audio, as well as individual volume and overall volume control. Users can also use an Apple iPad to wirelessly control the system from anywhere in the room. An RTI XP-6 central control processor is the cornerstone of the user control system. “The ability for the Solus 16 to respond to RS-232 commands was perfect for this installation,” said Ondrek. “Our experienced RTI programmer set up the system to create a user interface that allowed the university staff to get the most functionality in the quickest and simplest way. Any questions we had were addressed quickly by Ryan Curtright and the other Symetrix techs that we spoke with.”

A four-channel QSC CX-204V 70-volt amplifier powers twelve QSC AD-C152ST-WH shallow-mount, full-range ceiling speakers and four QSC AD-C81Tw flush-mount ceiling subwoofers. Both the full-range loudspeakers and the subwoofers are divided into true stereo to retain the full life and vitality of media-supplied audio. “This is a fairly large number of speakers in a relatively small space, and it allows the volume to be kept at a lower level by distributing the sound throughout the listening area,” said Ondrek. “As a result, adjacent office and meeting spaces remain quieter than they would if we had used fewer speakers with greater individual volume.” The Solus 16 DSP routes all microphones through the full-range loudspeakers only, whereas program audio is also routed through the subwoofers.

In addition to the main output, the SymNet Solus 16 also generates a separate audio mix as an auxiliary feed. That feed can be used to record a presentation or for overflow into an adjoining room. Although the microphone mute toggles and program audio source selection made via the in-room controllers are duplicated in the auxiliary audio mix, their levels may be independently controlled if so desired.

ABOUT SYMETRIX
Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

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