Madame Tussaud's is the latest large-scale visitor attraction to take advantage of Symetrix SymNet Radius 12x8 open architecture Dante-scalable DSPs, utilising the audio processing and distribution infrastructure at its new site in Singapore.
The audio installation was handled by Electronics & Engineering (E&E), which won an open tender for the project from Sweett Group representing Merlin Entertainment. Over the course of several months, E&E devised an audio distribution system including microphones, speakers, amplifiers, players and show control equipment based on the original design of Thöne und Partner Germany.
Fully-featured DSP was always intended to be integral to the successful deployment of the system. Freddie Soh, senior account manager at E&E, had a key role in the project in close cooperation with Benedikt Koch, GM of Thöne und Partner. Soh recalled: “The initial primary requirement of the DSP installation was for traditional analogue audio distribution based on earlier projects. However, subsequent to that, E&E made the recommendation of a networkable audio distribution infrastructure underpinned by Audinate’s Dante media networking technology. We knew that it would really add value to the project, and the client agreed to go ahead with this proposal.”
As a long-time Symetrix system user – having deployed its DSPs on such landmark projects as the Singapore Sports Hub – the US-based processing specialist was E&E's first choice. Twelve mic/line inputs, eight line outputs and support for Dante networking are among the features of the SymNet Radius 12x8 open architecture Dante-scalable DSP, two units of which were specified for the project. E&E also deployed four SymNet xIn 12 audio input expanders.
The far-reaching project saw E&E install products from many other global brands, including EAW loudspeakers, Shure vocal microphones and Ashly Audio power amplifiers. Visual solutions from Panasonic and Samsung were also supplied.
Regarding the Symetrix components, Koch said: “The introduction of Dante to this project really sets the Museum up for the long-term future, so the originally specified SymNet Radius 12x8s with the add on flexibility Dante offers were a great choice. The feedback from the completed installation has been excellent and the client is very happy.”