New processing installation at Moorhead stadium in Conroe, Texas, had to be fast, flexible and easy-to-use - requirements that have been completely satisfied by the specification of two Symetrix SymNet Radius 12x8 DSPs with Dante capability.
An interface that is easily comprehendible to a broad cross-section of users along with a highly flexible approach to audio distribution were the principal factors that led to the installation of Symetrix SymNet Radius 12x8 open architecture DSPs at Moorhead football stadium in Conroe, Texas.
Locally-based integration firm TASC A/V was brought onto the project by the district schools authority to effect an extensive upgrade to the audio system that prioritised more manageable DSP. "The district wanted a simple user interface that anyone could walk up to and know how to use," says Anthony DiDonato, project manager, TASC A/V. "The stadium is surrounded by residential areas so they wanted presets that would limit volume and roll off the low end at 150Hz during week nights, but be able to do 'full throttle' for the big Friday night game."
The system subsequently designed by TASC A/V was able to utilise the fibre network that connects the Moorhead stadium and other locations operated by the district schools authority. TASC A/V worked with the district's IT department to implement a dedicated V-LAN network for the project and made the most of Symetrix' support for Audinate's Dante media networking technology.
The final installation revolves around two Symetrix SymNet Radius 12x8 open architecture DSPs, an Attero Tech unDIO2x2 Dante interface and a Montezuma Sound EASYMix12 DSP remote control solution. "We have achieved all of the speaker management within the Symetrix boxes, making it possible to send my bi-amp speaker settings to the Attero Tech and straight to the amplifiers. We also have distributed audio in the press box for the home side coaching staff, scouts and school administration," says DiDonato.
The system as configured allows specific microphone signals to be sent to the press box that are not required to be distributed to the main PA, "and delay that signal so everything lines up with the audio coming from the end zone," explains DiDonato. "We are also able to limit the audio coming from 'video world' since they might otherwise send levels all over the place!"
Previous excellent experience with Symetrix DSPs meant that the Seattle, US-based brand was always TASC A/V's first choice for the Moorhead project. The response from the district client, Conroe ISD, has been highly enthusiastic, with director of athletics Danny C. Long reporting that his team is "ecstatic" with the new installation: "TASC A/V really went the extra mile to design and install a rock-solid system and ensure that it produces quality sound in every part of the stadium… and they even completed the installation ahead of schedule."
Indeed, the reaction from the district management has been such that, concludes DiDonato, "there is currently talk of us replicating this system design in the near-future for another stadium located in the same district. It's very much a win-win for all concerned."
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With a current and broadly-based product portfolio that encompasses both open architecture (Edge, Radius 12x8, Radius AEC) and fixed architecture (Jupiter, Zone Mix 761) solutions, Seattle, USA-based Symetrix is the global leader in digital audio signal processing. From a founding base in the studio and MI communities, Symetrix has emerged to take a defining role in commercial audio, its products now a default choice for large-scale installations in performance venues, sports arenas, educational establishments and many more. Benefiting from a worldwide distribution network that has seen its products specified in over 100 countries, Symetrix nonetheless continues to spearhead the entire design and build process from its Seattle HQ. The manufacturer is now enhancing its readiness for a new era of AV networking through its licensing partnership with Audinate, whose world-leading Dante media networking solution is fully integrated into the SymNet DSP platform.