Guelph, Ontario, Canada (May 24, 2011)--The Weinstein Group has installed a number of AV designs using Symetrix's Jupiter Series DSPs.
The Weinstein Group, an AV installation and event production company located in Fergus, Ontario, Canada, and owned by Michael Weinstein, has installed AV designs at the Langdon Hall Country House Hotel and Spa in Cambridge, the University of Guelph's University Club and the city's Victoria Road Recreation Center, all using Symetrix's Jupiter Series of DSPs.
Langdon Hall Country House Hotel and Spa had wrestled with an audio problem for years before Weinstein came up with a solution. "Because the music they played in the restaurant and throughout the common areas of the hotel varied so much in its perceived loudness, the staff was forever turning it up or down too much," said Weinstein. "For example, they would have a lovely violin concerto come on and the staff would say, 'That's too quiet!' So they would turn it up. But then the next piece would be a strident piano etude, and they would overcompensate in the other direction."
According to Weinstein, the "true fix" came with the Symetrix Jupiter, which allowed him to "intuitively and powerfully" adjust the automatic gain control to work with the hotel's program material. An additional-and critical-component of the solution is that none of the staff can make any adjustments. That's a feature that Weinstein promotes to managers.
In addition to the new Jupiter 8 (which provides eight inputs and eight outputs), Weinstein added two mp3 players, a new mic input and auxiliary line-level input. To transform the Jupiter hardware into software for Langdon Hall, Weinstein downloaded the "Sound Reinforcement #9" app from the Symetrix website.
The University Club at the University of Guelph is a private dining facility for faculty members, and it had a related problem. To begin with, its audio system was horribly outdated and suffering from coverage issues. "The old system was centered on a combination mixer-amp that was driving an insufficient number of general-contractor-grade tin speakers that could have been at least 30 years old," Weinstein revealed. So he gutted the old system and replaced it entirely with a number of EAW CIS80 and SMS-1990 ceiling speakers powered by QSC amplifiers. In place of the former mixer, he installed a Symetrix Jupiter 4 (which provides four inputs and four outputs) running the "Sound Reinforcement #4" app.
The most popular draw at the Victoria Road Recreation Center is its indoor dual-pool facility, which is available for recreational swimming and aqua-fitness classes. The high-ceiling room houses a loudspeaker centered for each pool for background music or fitness leader instructions. An old mixer, wasted from the humidity and chlorinated air, served the decades-old system with increasing unreliability. "They called me in fairly regularly," recalled Weinstein. "But despite the age of the system and the challenging environment, most of the time it was human error. For example, I'd get called in because the system had become 'super boomy,' only to find that someone had cranked the gain to +10 dB on the low-end parametric EQ."
Weinstein installed a new iPod docking station, a wireless headset and a wireless handheld mic. He also updated the CD and cassette tape players. A Symetrix Jupiter 4 combined with a Symetrix ARC-2i wall-panel remote provides the control options.