Symetrix’s royal installation
For the Royal Coronation Ceremony in Bangkok, Fuzion Far East was assigned with the task of supplying, designing and installing the audio systems for the event. Working alongside the Thai Royal Army, Fuzion provided a Dante digital audio network managed by Symetrix processors.
Taking place over three days, the Royal Coronation Ceremony included the Royal Procession, in which the new king paid homage to the main Buddha images at three major temples before returning to the Grand Palace. Fuzion deployed a Dante digital audio network which consisted of 11 loops in a star configuration. These were all managed by 49 Symetrix Radius 12×8 EX DSP units. The network racks included gigabit hubs, wireless antenna couplers for active antennas, wireless mic receivers, power amplifiers and power supplies. An analogue Allen & Heath mixer helped to combine the signals while the computers aided the system administrator, engineer, operators and CCTV feed.
‘The parade had many microphones for instruments and for announcements, and so the audio routing needed to change many times along the way,’ said Varuit Rattapongfrom, Fuzion Far East’s technical director ‘For example, from Point A1 to A5 was one band, then after that was a different band playing different instruments and using different microphones. We also provided the broadcast feed.’
The Symetrix Radius processors were chosen as the best solution to this challenge. ‘The Symetrix processors and Dante network worked very well, we didn’t need technical support, and our client was very satisfied with the results,’ furthered Rattapongfrom. ‘The Radius is reliable, the sound quality is very good, and it’s easy to control. We mostly used the DSPs for routing and EQ.’ User control was provided for monitoring, levelling, feedback suppression and the EQs.
Symetrix Prism Provides Ease of Use and Expandability at St. Thomas High School
More than a century old, St. Thomas High School enjoys a gorgeous campus on prime Houston real estate. The Catholic institution’s current building dates to 2002 and includes a gymnasium with a surprising history: The gym originally was an aircraft hanger for B29 bombers, located 110 miles north of campus, until it was donated by an alumnus, moved to St. Thomas, and reassembled.
The gym’s sound system has been through changes over the years, too, culminating in a new Dante-enabled system designed and installed by Houston multimedia systems-integration firm Touch Thirty Three. The current system features two Renkus-Heinz loudspeaker clusters managed by a Symetrix Prism 16×16 DSP, which works very well—but it didn’t all come together at once.
“This installation started out very piecemeal,” recalls Touch Thirty Three owner and principal design consultant Bruce Coffman. “They had a terrible-sounding system in here and asked us to see if we could do something to improve it. The first thing we did was to install a new AMX control system, which dramatically improved how they were able to use the old sound system. Once we made it easier to use, they recognized the limitations of the system’s sound quality.”
As a result, about three years later, St. Thomas asked Touch Thirty Three for a more extensive upgrade to the gymnasium sound system. Because it’s the largest indoor gathering space on campus, the room periodically doubles as a sanctuary for masses, hosting up to 1,200 worshippers. “For mass, they put carpet over the entire floor, they bring in folding chairs, and they have a stage that goes at the far end of the room,” Coffman reports. “It’s completely different than when the room is used for sports. Because of the room’s dual use, we couldn’t put in a typical sound cluster over center court, so we put a big Renkus-Heinz T15-series Reference Point Array cluster at one end of the room.”
To feed the array, Touch Thirty Three installed a Dante network, centered around the Symetrix Prism 16×16 DSP. The Prism is equipped with a Symetrix xIn 12 12-channel analog input expander, which accommodates the school’s existing 12-channel audio snake. With this rig, notes Coffman, “If they want to have a choir or a musical ensemble, they’ve already got the wiring, and it all shows up on faders on the AMX control system.”
The Renkus-Heinz T15-series array consists of four self-powered full-range point-source loudspeakers, each with a 15-inch woofer and a Complex Conic horn. “The cluster acts like one big speaker,” Coffman observes. “You can walk the floor, and you don’t hear any seams between coverage.” Coffman also specified two Renkus-Heinz two-way, 8-inch down fills to cover the “money seats” at the edge of the main pattern from the main cluster.
The single array, managed by the Symetrix Prism 16×16, sounded great and delivered good coverage but challenges remained. During basketball and volleyball games, it seemed odd to have the sound coming from the far end of the room. And during mass, when less experienced users turned the system up to reach the back of the room, they encountered feedback problems with wireless lavalier mics and the PZM mic atop the altar. So recently, when the school was doing a major renovation, Touch Thirty-Three addressed the directionality and feedback issues by installing a second, identical Renkus-Heinz T15-series array over center court. The central array operates as the main system for sports events and serves as a delay fill for the center and back of the room during mass, enabling the front cluster to operate at a lower volume and averting feedback.
Adding the second array and unifying the system went smoothly, thanks in large part to the Symetrix Prism and SymNet Designer software. “The great part about Symetrix equipment, along with the AMX controller, is that we were able to give the school anything they wanted,” Coffman offers. “All we had to do to expand the system was reprogram the Prism, and Symetrix’ phenomenal support staff helped us do some of that reprogramming work. SymNet lets us tailor how the components operate together to turn it into a single, seamless system.”
Coffman especially likes the combination of Symetrix and Renkus-Heinz products. “Symetrix processors and Renkus-Heinz speakers are a great match for each other,” he asserts. “The Renkus-Heinz clusters sounded great just the way they came from the factory, so I could use SymNet to tweak the system’s functionality, rather than its sound quality. The Symetrix Prism processor determines how the components work together, depending on how the room is set up and the purpose for which it’s being used.”
One of Touch Thirty-Three’s strengths as a company, notes Coffman, is making a sophisticated system, such as the one in St. Thomas High School’s gymnasium, easy to operate for the end user. “Symetrix allows me as a system designer to do some pretty amazing stuff in the background to make the system simpler for a user,” he posits. “Whatever the school wants to do, whether for sports or mass, the Symetrix processor, Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers, and AMX controller allow them to do it seamlessly, and someone with a minimal amount of experience can get very consistent, good sound. This works very well for St. Thomas High School.”
Crux Expands and Upgrades with Symetrix
Nestled in the center of scenic Bend, with a beautiful view of the Cascade Mountains-complete with a “Sundowner Hour” centered around sunset every day-is the Crux Fermentation Project, a brewery and tasting room with an informal and welcoming vibe, a constantly changing menu of beers on tap, and great food. The tasting room in the center of the brewery, which is built inside an old auto-transmission plant, is doing booming business. Crux has recently expanded its drinking and dining experience, adding a new outdoor live concert space with a selection of food carts and an indoor fine dining area with a patio. To provide high-quality audio for the entire space, local contractor AudioVisual Bend designed and installed a new networked sound system centered around a Symetrix Jupiter 8 DSP and ARC-2e wall panels.
“Crux is a local place that’s very influential on the local scene,” explains AudioVisual Bend AV Designer/Project Manager Tony Sprando. “They did a big remodel and went from what was basically a bar with a brewery attached and just a few food items to a full outside concert area.” However, Crux was juggling two different audio systems, neither of them adequate: One was for mics and live acts and the other was designed for residential use. AV Bend replaced both old systems with a modern commercial-grade audio network with four zones. Outdoors, there’s a live venue space with a deck for larger bands. Indoors, the tasting room offers a louder and more celebratory musical environment, in contrast to the fine dining area and the entryway, where the music is kept quieter. The fourth zone is a corner of the dining area that is reserved for smaller one- or two-person musical acts.
“The network allows audio broadcasting in any direction,” observes Sprando. “If we have a little one-person act inside, we can broadcast that outside, and if we have a band outside playing the concert space, we can broadcast that indoors as well. We installed an all-weather patch panel on the outdoor deck; bands just flip up the cover, plug in, and they’re ready to go.” The system outputs to Lab.gruppen amplifiers and weather-rated, pole-mounted QSC speakers for the outdoor venue. JBL CRV speakers, mounted horizontally, cover the patio, while additional CRVs in vertical arrays cover most of the indoor area. JBL Control-series pendant speakers handle the tasting room and entryway. “They have digital signage with menus and more that’s all tied into this,” Sprando adds.
One major reason Sprando and the AV Bend team favor Symetrix is that the processors are easy to program, and the controllers are user-friendly. “Symetrix processors don’t require a lot of hoops to jump through in order to log in and get moving,” Sprando confirms. “User error goes way down; we greatly reduce service calls. And the customers love the Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel; with only three buttons, we market it based on how easy it is to use. The Jupiter 8 also supports Symetrix ARC-WEB for wireless remote control via smartphones and tablets, and Crux’s Pandora background music is now integrated smoothly with the mic and line inputs for easy control from one app.”
AudioVisual Bend does a lot of upgrades, often replacing outdated systems with up-to-date networks based on Symetrix processors. “A lot of the systems we replace are based on knobs and various connectivity devices that have to be manually operated to get audio to the zones,” Sprando relates. “You have to go back into the IT closet to make things work. We replace that with a Symetrix DSP, and you still have all of that control but it’s controlled from out in the listening environment with three buttons on an ARC wall plate or wirelessly from a phone or tablet, using ARC-WEB.”
Sprando notes that both customer and contractor benefit from the ability to service the system remotely. “The Jupiter 8 rack is never touched once we’re done,” he details. “It’s mounted, you lock the door, and there’s no need to go in for day-to-day use. If we have to service these systems, the turnaround time is second to none, thanks to the Symetrix remote-access capability. You just get a laptop and plug it into the switch, and we remote in and make the changes. We can go in and not only turn levels up and down but work with EQ and compression to really dial in our sound for each zone. The flexibility is great, and so is the sound quality.”
“We’ve been using Symetrix processors for six years or more,” Sprando concludes. “The day of the line/mic mixer with knobs in a rack is really over.”
SHARC Turns to Symetrix to Refresh Its Audio System
At the end of the 1960s, Sunriver, Oregon, was constructed as a planned community 20 miles southwest of thecity of Bend. The 2010 census shows only 1,393 residents but its location at the base of the Cascade Range makes it a vacation destination, and resort properties make up much of the town. The Sunriver Homeowners Association Aquatic and Recreation Center (SHARC) opened in 2012, providing indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, and meeting and event spaces.
By 2019, however, the original sound and video systems at SHARC were in need of an upgrade, which precipitated a call to Bend-based AV design/build company Audio Visual Bend. “There was no new construction at that time; it was purely an end-of-life AV system upgrade,” reports AV Bend AV Designer/Project Manager Tony Sprando. Nevertheless, it was not a small project, as numerous areas required coverage, including the pool areas, a fitness center, eatery, store, and lobby, plus an amphitheater that holds up to 1,250 guests and 4 meeting rooms accommodating up to 650 people.
SHARC wanted to retain whatever portions of the existing system could continue to serve effectively, so the project involved upgrading some existing components and reusing and adjusting others, as well as installing one Symetrix Edge and one Symetrix Radius 12×8 EX DSP. The Edge hosts up to 4 I/O expansion cards, in this case configured for 12 analog inputs and 4 analog outputs, which it integrates with 128-channel (64×64) redundant Dante networking. The Radius 12×8 EX offers 12 analog inputs, 8 analog outputs, 128-channel Dante, and an expansion slot, filled at SHARC with 4 channels of analog output.
The Radius handles programming for the entire audio system, while its I/O services the event and meeting spaces. The I/O in the Edge is divided between the event and meeting spaces and the public spaces. Background music and paging for the public spaces required setting up a total of 12 zones.
The system Sprando found on his arrival used analog signal runs exclusively, so the conversion to a Dante digital audio network was a key improvement. The installed Ashly Audio amplifiers were upgraded to accept input signals over Dante, and the audio equipment in public spaces, pool areas, and the amphitheater were connected to the Dante network. Bose speakers and Crestron controls at the site were retained, as was nearly all of the cabling. “We had to relocate some CAT5 and CAT6 Ethernet cable to get all of the Dante jacks in place, but other than that, the wire was 90 percent there,” Sprando details. Only minimal adjustments to existing equipment were required, such as adjusting the speakers for better coverage.
The Crestron controls functioned well with the Symetrix devices. “The client wanted to keep the type of control system they had in place to maintain its familiarity,” states Sprando. “We had to upgrade the Crestron equipment but it really integrated seamlessly with the Symetrix units. There were no hitches.”
The system accepts a variety of sources: a cable box for video and music playback; Pandora for Business/Mood Media boxes; a plethora of wireless microphones for the meeting spaces, which can be combined or split; and media patch points on panels to simplify connections for tasks like capturing an audio feed playing in the room to a video camera while recording video. The patch points get used for weddings or to feed local TV stations working onsite. Since the facility is operated by an association, media patching is also used to record board meetings.
The addition of the Symetrix DSPs also greatly simplified maintenance issues. “The ability to make changes and troubleshoot using internal staff and resources was nonexistent when we came in,” explains Sprando, “so when a change of some sort was needed, SHARC had to bring in someone from out of town, which was very expensive. Plus, file system and access was quite limited; the tech had to bring in a computer to make the change locally and needed the right software version or things could go bad. It was very convoluted. Symetrix has their editing program residing in the DSP unit, which makes it easy for SHARC to edit the system remotely. We gave them a Chromebook, so they have remote access all the time. The property is really big, and the IT department that manages the system is not even located onsite. But now, even on a tech’s day off, he can just log in from home and make any adjustments.”
Sprando feels training is key to making effective installations and gives kudos for the support AV Bend received in that area. “During the SHARC project, we found it very important to get the latest certifications on the Symetrix gear and on Dante, which we did through the whole process. Symetrix and Audinate were very accommodating with those training and continuing education steps. That sharpened us, as well as making the end product significantly better.”
Symetrix Announces Composer 7.1
The What: Symetrix is used its appearance at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) to debut a new version of Composer, its configuration software for Radius NX, Edge, Radius, Prism, and Solus NX DSPs. Composer 7.1 for Windows adds support for the Visionary Solutions PacketAV Duet video encoder and decoder, Symetrix T-5 Touchscreen controllers, and PD-1 Telco Dialer. A host of other software improvements makes system design and management more flexible.
The What Else: All programming and routing of Visionary Solutions PacketAV Duet video encoders and decoders is now directly integrated within Composer 7.1. In addition, Composer indirectly supports select third-party non-Dante encoders/decoders that use the same control protocol as the Duets.
Like Symetrix ARC controllers, the T-5 Touchscreen can control every user-facing function of an installed AV system using Symetrix’s SymVue interface. As with Symetrix DSPs, integrators can now manage any T-5 Touchscreen from Composer, as each device has its own IP address on the network.
Composer 7.1 also supports the PD-1 Telco Dialer, which lets meeting leaders dial remote attendees into conference calls using a traditional telephone keypad rather than a touchscreen.
Composer 7.1 adds several workflow enhancements. Time/date and special character export in the SymVue for Web interface is now present. New sizing handles (horizontal, vertical, and a corner handle for sizing the entire window at once) allow resizing of objects in control screens on the fly. This and expanded design sheet sizes make it easier to optimize installed systems for different remote-control scenarios, including T-5 Touchscreens, smartphones, and tablets.
A new crosspoint audio delay is available in the Super Matrix for mono matrix modules. The Site ID field has been increased to 65535 addresses, allowing different groups of DSPs and other devices to coexist on the same network without interfering with each other; two devices in different groups can use the same remote controller number. For diagnostics and system design, Composer 7.1 can now trace signal paths backward and forward simultaneously. Editing of module channel names have been further improved, featuring expanded copy-paste ability.
As in previous versions, systems integrators can diagnose any device in a Composer-designed system by simply launching a web browser and entering the device’s IP address.
The Bottom Line: All of the above features add up to an expanded universe of use cases for Symetrix networked AV systems and let the installer scale systems to meet clients’ needs quickly and efficiently.
Symetrix ramps up for growth with new owners
Mark and Rachelle Graham bring over 30 years audio industry experience to the team.
Creators of high-performance digital audio processing solutions Symetrix has announced that Mark and Rachelle Graham have joined the team as the new owners of the business.
Mark Graham brings over 30 years of audio industry experience to the team, filling the CEO role.
“This is an exciting opportunity for us,” he said. “We have admired Symetrix, both the company and the people, for a long time. I’m really looking forward to building on the successful foundation built over the past four decades and maintaining the rock-solid reputation of the company.”
Symetrix’s current owner, Julia Ogden, has been considering a change in ownership of the company for some time after 32 years with Symetrix. “I knew I could never sell this business unless it was to the right people. It had to be someone who cared about the business and all the exceptional people who work here, and our business partners around the globe,” she said. “I was looking for continuity and an alliance with the same high standards and core values that sets Symetrix apart from the crowd. I believe the Graham’s are the perfect fit.”
Mark Graham was CEO of LOUD Technologies for the last eight years. Before that, he was the president of Crown Audio, a Harman company. His industry experience includes working for Hewlett Packard in their test and measurement division and owning his own audio contracting business. “Mark has a depth of industry experience and engineering expertise that is exactly the right background to accelerate the growth trajectory of the company, especially with his laser-focus on continuing to deliver innovative products,” Ogden explained.
Rachelle Graham has been a marketing manager for several large organisations including Agilent Technologies, the University of Kansas and BioServe Space Technologies, one of NASA’s Commercial Space Centers.
Symetrix is poised to launch several new products in the next couple of months: “The launch of our new products will move ahead seamlessly. We’ve put a lot of thought into how to make the transition as smooth as possible so that none of our deadlines slip. We will assure that Symetrix customers continue to experience the benefit of our ease of doing business, award-winning customer service and tech support, and products that provide the solutions and reliability they have come to expect from Symetrix,” added Ogden.
Symetrix will remain at the same location, and all employees will be retained. Julia Ogden will continue to work for the company throughout a transition period and will also serve on the company’s board of directors going forward.
Symetrix always performs at Lakeshore Players Theatre
In April 2018, after 65 years of continuous operation as a community theatre, Lakeshore Players Theatre began operating year-round in the brand new Hanifl Performing Arts Center. Located in White Bear Lake, about 18 miles northeast of Minneapolis, the new facility includes a sound system managed by a Symetrix Prism 8×8 DSP.
“The Symetrix Prism 8×8 routes audio to most of the building except for the Kids & Family Theatre, which is separate,” explains Dan Cincoski of DT Cincoski Design, who designed and installed the system. “In the main theatre, we have 10 Radio Design Labs (RDL Inc.) audio wall plates that provide inputs and outputs, converting analogue to Dante and streaming it to the Prism. We have about 40 channels of audio that can be routed via Dante through either the Prism or the Midas M31IP house mixer in the auditorium. We put analogue inputs in the lobby, two mic inputs and an aux input on a mini-jack. Those go to the Symetrix, as well, so they can do performances and presentations in the lobby.
Although most input is sent to the Prism via Dante, the processor sends audio in the analogue domain to the various speaker systems around the building. “We can send audio from the theatre or the lobby to almost anywhere in the building except for the Kids & Family Theatre,” Cincoski relates. “We send audio to the front-of-house speakers in the theatre, the Scene Shop, the Black Box, the Green Room, office areas, hallways, bathrooms, and so on.”
Symetrix ARC wall panels provide basic system control. “Using the matrixing in the Symetrix Prism, I have zones set up using an ARC-SW4 that route paging to zones around the building so they can hear the theatre or the lobby audio and control the levels,” notes Cincoski. “For control, we have a Symetrix ARC-2e panel in the lobby that controls the local audio levels, and an ARC-2e in the main theatre control room that manages nine presets for the auditorium sound. The presets include a presentation mode that doesn’t incorporate the Midas mixer, acoustic performance (just a mic to pick up sound, which is distributed to the building and listening assistance systems), practice modes, and incorporation of the lobby in the mix outputs. We also installed a Symetrix ARC-K1e wall control. It’s just basic control; that’s all they need.”
The Symetrix ARC-2e is a menu-driven remote control for Symetrix DSPs that provides 24 menus with 16 items each for control of basic function or more complex, logic-based events. It features 3 navigation buttons and an 8-character backlit display with 32 scrolling characters. The ARC-K1e provides a rotary controller with button, typically for volume control, while the ARC-SW4e features four switches that can be programmed as latched, momentary, or radio buttons for control of mute, source selection, and presets. All three models are single-gang, Decora-style faceplates.
Cincoski has been using Symetrix processors for the past four years but until now, he was exclusively using Symetrix Jupiter 8×8 DSPs for stand-alone room installs. “The Jupiter 8×8 is inexpensive, it sounds good, and you don’t have to do a lot of programming,” he observes. In fact, my original design for the Lakeshore Players Theatre called for a Jupiter 8×8. But I realised that using a Symetrix Prism and a Dante network would make it possible to have more inputs and outputs, with easier wiring, and the flexibility of matrix mixing.”
This was the first time Cincoski used Dante, but he wasn’t fazed by the technology. “With the Prism, programming is relatively easy,” he insists. “I programmed
input gain, routing, equalisation and other processing, speaker matching, and so on, and I was able to get it done fairly quickly.”
The Lakeshore Players Theatre system is in full use now, and the client is delighted. “The system sounds good, they have the flexibility and features they need, and we did it within the budget,” confirms Cincoski.” The Symetrix Prism and Dante enabled me to deliver a lot more functionality for the money than in the original plan. And the Prism has performed very reliably; we’ve had no problems.”
Symetrix Prism enables expansion at The Shops at Willow Bend
Inspired by classic prairie-style, early 20th-century architecture and design and featuring soft lighting, rich wood, masonry, and etched glass, The Shops at Willow Bend shopping centre oozes Texas ambience paired with contemporary convenience. Anchored by Dillard’s, Macy’s, and Neiman Marcus, the big mall presents a wide variety of stores, including a focus on home décor shops. Sitting in a sweet spot along the Dallas Parkway, the North Dallas-area mall continues to grow, with new spaces still in development.
“My partner designed the original system there 15 years ago, and we’ve overseen and maintained it ever since, replacing and fixing the amps and so on,” begins Senior Systems Engineer Patrick Burke of Dallas systems integrator BBD Technology Group. “But the system needed a lot of updating. They had an outdated old DSP and a computer that was still running Windows 98. We’ve been after them for years to replace that old DSP, and recently they agreed to our proposal to install a Symetrix Prism 16×16 with an xIO 4×4 Dante-enabled analogue I/O expander. The Prism and Dante let us improve and expand their system in ways we couldn’t have done before.”
A 45-year industry veteran, Burke was an early adopter of DSP systems and has long been a fan of Symetrix processors. “Symetrix has always been a brand I like,” he confirms. “Symetrix sound quality is excellent, their DSPs are reliable, and they’re easy for me to work with. Of course, a true understanding of analogue electronics is required to program any DSP. Gain structure is a crucial issue. But assuming you know what you’re doing, Symetrix Composer software makes the job a lot easier. For The Shops at Willow Bend, we built a GUI using Symetrix software, which we haven’t done before. It’s working very well.”
The main mall requires five audio zones, with another eight zones in the parking garages. “We’ve got messages that play in the parking garages, music that plays in the main mall, emergency messages that play in the main mall and the garages, and paging that plays everywhere,” Burke relates. “We are going to install another Symetrix xIO 4×4 expander to serve a new area outside some restaurants by the Dillard’s store, and we’ll pass signal back and forth to the main unit and create another DSP string for sound going to the outside area.”
The mall’s loudspeakers are old but serviceable, and Burke is not inclined to replace them. “They have more than 400 ceiling speakers that have been there for 15 years,” he explains. “They still work, and they don’t sound bad. We have five Crown CTs 1600 power amplifiers and eight Crown CTs 200s in the central control room.”
BBD replaced the ancient Windows 98 PC with a new HP computer running Windows 10, including a touchscreen to run the new custom GUI. “Right now we’re trying to get it on their network so their operations guy can pull up the GUI on his machine and control volumes and such,” Burke expounds. “Security does it right now, and they have to go back into the rack room. I’ve got them providing me with a fibre link between the two racks, with a copper transceiver, so we can do Dante between the main machine and the other rack. I really like Dante, and with the Symetrix Prism, we now have a system that can handle all that.”
Although the upgraded system is up and running, the BBD team is by no means finished at The Shops at Willow Bend. “This mall is one of the few brick-and-mortar places that’s still surviving and growing,” he observes. “The client is happy with the improvements, and they continue to invest in the upgrade, so this project is expanding, and I see more work coming. Symetrix Prism DSPs with Dante enable us to build out the system as needed to accommodate their growth. It’s a very interesting project, and I’m enjoying it.”
Symetrix announces the release of SymVue for Control Server
Symetrix has announced the release of the highly anticipated SymVue software for their Control Server hardware.
Awarded Best Of Show at this year’s ISE show, SymVue is a server-based application designed to control Symetrix DSPs. SymVue enables custom GUIs authored using Symetrix’ Composer running on the Symetrix Control Server hardware. Application-specific control screens can be designed and tested in minutes, without writing any code.
With SymVue deployed on Symetrix Control Server hardware, Symetrix DSPs can respond to commands from any browser-enabled device – laptops, desktops, tablets, and mobile phones. SymVue’s WYSIWYG designs render in all popular web browsers and adapt to screens of different sizes, resolutions, and orientations. Parameter changes remain in sync across all networked devices including Composer, ARC Wall Panels and ARC-WEB, third-party controllers, and SymVue clients on Windows PCs.
Cost-effective server-based Control Server hardware distributes SymVue, along with existing and upcoming Symetrix apps, to one or multiple users across a wired network or via built-in Wi-Fi, hosting a virtually unlimited number of users and configurations. Multiple users can operate SymVue, each with a unique username and password. Each installation of SymVue for Control Server also includes five available configurations of the application, as well as five available configurations of the Mixer application, enabling users to quickly create intricate and complex systems right out of the box. SymVue for Control Server virtually eliminates device and operating system compatibility issues. There are no app stores to deal with, no updates to enforce, or out of date network applications running loose on the network. Security and user access are centrally managed and enforced, enabling administrators to quickly and easily deal with changes and reconfiguration.
“We’re truly excited about the release of SymVue for Control Server,” remarked Symetrix Senior product manager Trent Wagner, “We’re particularly honoured to receive a Best of Show award, with so many great products and technologies at this year’s ISE show.”
For more information, please visit http://www.symetrix.co/products/symvue-software/
Symetrix introduces Composer 7.0
Symetrix has released the latest version of its Composer programming software for Edge, Radius, Prism, and Solus NX DSPs. With Composer 7.0, integrators can program a complete end-to-end DSP signal path using just one application.
Composer 7.0 integrates support for the next generation of Symetrix hardware, Radius NX, as well as full integration with SymVue for Control Server, a new Property Sheet feature, and support for Dante Domain Manager.
Radius NX DSPs now host a Super Matrix, supporting a full 128×128 channel mixer in a single DSP core. This frees the entire second core for signal processing tasks. Composer 7.0 adds Radius NX 4×4 and Radius NX 12×8 DSPs plus Single- and Dual-Core AEC Coprocessors to the Toolkit.
Composer 7.0 also fully integrates with SymVue for Control Server. Now, virtually any HTML browser-enabled device on any platform can provide multi-touch control of Symetrix DSPs, as well as select third-party audio and video hardware.
The new Property Sheet feature offers an intuitive palette that dramatically increases efficiency when designing user interfaces, and when formatting or annotating site designs. And Composer 7.0 adds support for Dante Domain Manager, making Symetrix Radius, Edge, and Prism DSPs DDM-ready. Audinate’s Dante Domain Manager is a new network management protocol that makes Dante networks more secure, scalable, and controllable by enabling user authentication, role-based security, and audit capability.
Composer v7.0 for Windows® natively configures the setup and routing of Symetrix Dante™ I/O expanders, along with select third-party Dante devices. Also, Composer optionally synchronises changes made to the system in Dante Controller with the Site File for archiving or for use as a new baseline configuration. The system also can be programmed to not restore the default Dante configuration and routing, preserving changes made in Dante Controller through system power cycles. Users can configure and route with Composer, with Dante Controller, or with a hybrid of the two, as system design and use cases dictate.
If it speaks Dante, it can be added to your Site File with Composer 7.0. Composer can obtain information about channel counts, channel names, device name, manufacturer, and model directly from the device over the network. Symetrix or third-party manufacturers can distribute XML databases of known units for import into Composer, and users can manually define a unit. Some XML databases of third-party products are included.
For more information, and to download Symetrix Composer 7.0, please visit www.symetrix.co/products/composer-software