Seattle Clubs Install SymNet Systems

May 28, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Two Seattle-based clubs, the Shark Club and Medusa, have installed a SymNet Audio Matrix, a mixing, routing and processing system from Symetrix.

Longtime purchaser of Symetrix products, Mark Naficy, who is the owner of NAF Productions Inc., a Seattle audio rental, sales and installation company, put both clubs, which have been longtime customers, into the SymNet 8x8 Digital Signal Processor hardware module.

"Both clubs are using it for all of their audio processing needs, including EQ, crossover, compression, limiting—a million different things—which has allowed them to replace many of the individual pieces they had to buy individually before," Naficy said. "Using SymNet Designer, we can see the entire system on a laptop or desktop computer screen, and pieces of it can be easily seen and adapted or changed as needed and downloaded into the unit. It has all of the processing that's needed for a system built into a computer-based program and unit."

Medusa, a year-old club that has hosted numerous nationally and internationally acclaimed DJs, uses SymNet to control the sound system on the dance floor and the main room of the club. Another Symetrix product, the 322 DSP engine, is used for processing audio in the other areas of the club. "The SymNet module is the only thing between the DJ's mixing board and the amplifiers, but they're not able to interact with it or change any settings in it because they've been preset," Naficy said. "So instead of a bunch of know-it-all DJs coming in and possibly blowing up the system, we're able to retain control. With a lot of different DJs in and out of the club, everything is clamped down with the system, and the club ends up with a consistent sound and a system that's also protected from damage."

At the Shark Club, an in-house sound person controls the SymNet settings and configures the system as needed for the numerous live bands who play there. "We pretty much gave them the unit and they configured it, letting them determine how everything is routed," Naficy said. "We had sold a system to the club about five or six years ago, and when Symetrix came out with its SymNet product, we upgraded them to it. It really made a big difference in the sound of the system because of their ability to control it more effectively."

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