Bristol, VA (August 7, 2012)–The Bristol Public School district recently installed a Symetrix SymNet Edge open-architecture modular-I/O DSP sound system into the 240-seat auditorium in its administrative building.
Designed by A/V integrator Brian McDonald, the system provides user-controlled options (including ARC-WEB for smartphone-based control), Dante bus networking and Composer design software.
The auditorium is arranged with nine administrator seats, each with its own microphone, set opposite the 240 public seats. A pair of Crown CTS-600 amplifiers powers a pair of Renkus-Heinz ICX7 small-format column arrays with low-end support provided by a Renkus-Heinz PN112-SUBR subwoofer. Two Epson 1945W 4200-lumen projectors display visual information. Inputs feed a Kramer VP-438 switcher/scaler for video and a pair of Symetrix SymNet Edge frames for audio. Each SymNet Edge frame contains four I/O slots, and six 4-channel analog input cards and two 4-channel analog output cards populate the new system.
Symetrix also handles control for both the audio and video components of the sound system. An Axiomtek touchscreen PC runs Symetrix SymVue customized control for more detailed system adjustments, whereas a Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote allows simple adjustments. McDonald also activated Symetrix ARC-WEB, which provides an ARC-style control interface for use on smartphones and other Internet-connected devices.
"I gave (the school district) a CD recorder because that's what they requested," said McDonald. "But because the SymNet Edge system uses the Dante bus protocol to network audio, I was also able to give them a more streamlined, robust solution. I installed a Dante virtual soundcard on the head IT director's computer, which can directly tap the Dante audio running on the building's network. Now the IT director can monitor and record the meetings from his office.”