Symetrix Intros AirTools Studio Matrix at NAB

Apr 11, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Symetrix Inc. (Mountlake Terrace, Wash.) showed its latest system under the AirTools brand: the Studio Matrix. Built on the Symetrix SymNet Audio Matrix technology, this system provides a scalable, modular, redundant solution for audio routing and processing needs of small to medium-sized radio and audio-for-video production facilities.

Systems can be configured by networking up to 15 redundant pairs of specialized, 1U DSP-driven devices into a matrix, allowing hundreds of input and output signals to be brought into the systems and routed via mixers, selectors and/or crosspoint matrix/mixers up to 32x32 (stereo). Users can also route between any two (or more) points in the system.

Each network device contains two SHARC processors to handle audio signals including dynamics, equalization, filtering, mixing, switching, routing and logical control. Local access and control is offered from a variety of sources including Ethernet control, RS-232/485, or analog pots and closures.

Signals originating from outside of the central network location can be brought into the system through a 4x4 interface known as Homer (model 7000). This device converts signals between the analog and digital domains and transmits them in and out of the network as AES/EBU audio over Cat-5 cable. Homer also supports a microphone preamp with phantom power.

For information about AirTools, visit the new Symetrix Website at

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