Symetrix has announced a haul of new technologies including a Control Server platform, a USB Audio Card for its Dante-enabled Radius and Edge DSPs, and an update to Composer v5.6, its award-winning open architecture design software.
Control Server is a web services platform for control of network AV systems, including Symetrix Radius, Edge, Prism, and Solus NX DSPs. Programmed using Composer, Control Server offers wired connections for the AV network and Wi-Fi connectivity for control. The platform comes equipped with one instance of Symetrix' Mixer app, which provides 32 channel strips, each with an assignable fader and a mute button, and offers dynamic screen-sizing and orientation, making it easy to mix events with virtually any mobile device or computer browser with multi-touch functionality.
Symetrix' USB Audio Card for Radius and Edge DSPs enables audio devices connected to these DSPs to send audio to, and return audio from, any computer that supports USB Audio Class 1 or Class 2. Most operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS, and UNIX, provide generic USB Class 1 drivers. A Class 2 driver for Windows is provided by Symetrix.
The USB Audio Card provides two modes of operation: Speakerphone and Line In/Out. Each mode offers two configuration settings. Speakerphone mode provides plug-and-play connectivity, and enables one input channel and one output channel. Soft-codec acoustic echo cancelling (e.g., Skype, WebEx, and GoToMeeting) can be disabled in favour of Symetrix' wide-band, low-latency AEC processing. Line In/Out mode is configurable for 2×2 or 8×8 recording and playback, using courtroom recording or audio production software. The USB Audio Card adds eight USB audio inputs and eight outputs to a Radius AEC or Radius 12x8 EX, and up to 32x32 input and outputs for Edge DSPs. A high-retention Type B USB port provides a standard and robust connection between DSP and computer.
Supporting the Control Server and the USB Audio Card, Symetrix has also released Composer v5.6, the latest version of its programming software for Windows. The web interface diagnostic page for Composer v5.6 now shows Dante-related diagnostics, and each DSP unit supports connections with up to four Shure devices.
Noteworthy is the addition of Juice Goose Super-modules to control Juice Goose iP Series power sequencing and control devices. These Super-modules, which feature Symetrix' custom graphic user interface, provide simultaneous user control of each individual pod, enabling the user to individually or sequentially power the pods up and down.