Dominican Republic venue opts for Symetrix processing

The Hills Lounge Music Bar & Cigar Store in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, has upgraded its audio set-up with a Symetrix SymNet Radius 12×8 DSP.

The installation at the venue was handled by Symetrix distributor Miguel G. Del Rey Sonido SRL, a local company run by the system’s designer, Miguel Gonzalez Del Rey.

The system is required to deliver stereo sound to at least seven zones, meaning flexibility was a key factor when picking the right solution. It also has to accept up to eight audio sources – six stereo analogue, two stereo digital.

Having used the processor in the past, with positive results, the team saw the Radius 12×8 DSP as a strong choice. “Most importantly, it sounds great,” Del Rey said. “Radius 12×8 is super-flexible and can be adapted to the requirements of the client. There is also the fact that it can be used by non-technical personnel, and that certain functions can be ‘locked out’ to avoid unwanted changes.”

Support for Audinate Dante also proved to be beneficial. “Hills has a contract with a Spanish company that supplies playlists for the lounge and cigar store. Music can be streamed via two laptops running Dante virtual soundcards, which deliver the content to the Radius DSP through a Gigabit Ethernet connection,” Del Rey continued.

The final design features a single Radius 12×8, along with one xOut 12 expander and – in each zone – an ARC-K1e remote control wall panel for volume control. The crew also added a pair of ARC-SW4 wall panels for the preset selection of basic zone configurations.

Electro-Voice amplifiers and microphones, as well as speakers from Soundtube, Solid Drive, Work and EV, were also installed.

Del Rey concluded: “The Symetrix components are crucial because they are very simple to use and do not require expert personnel for day to day operation. The processor’s ease of configuration will also mean that Hills can make changes quickly and easily in the future. It’s proven to be a great solution.”

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