SymNet Designer 3.5 Now Available

Jul 15, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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The 3.5 upgrade to the SymNet Designer application software, which adds new features and capabilities to the SymNet Audio Matrix, and supporting new hardware, is now available online.

A free upgrade, SymNet Designer 3.5 is backward-compatible with all existing SymNet Audio Matrix hardware. From a Windows PC platform, the Designer software is used to configure and tweak a SymNet system, on-site in real time if desired. Once the appropriate changes have been made and saved in the PC, the onscreen Download Entire Site command archives processing objects, routings, parameter settings, scheduling, graphics and all other aspects of sound system operation that fall under SymNet's control.

"One of the most powerful aspects of DSP-driven devices is their ability to assimilate new features by adding new code," explained Jim Latimer, director of sales at Symetrix. "Feature requests are our most powerful indicator of industry acceptance and user preferences. By addressing as many of those requests as we can, we continue to expand the power and flexibility of the system."

Among the requested features included in this upgrade are DSP latency compensation, volume ramp-up after download, three different graphic EQ processors, improvements to the compressor/limiters and parametric EQs, and more graphic control when making user-designed control screens. Also added are optimizations to make the system run more efficiently when multiple control screens are added to a design.

The 3.5 upgrade will support the introduction of Control I/O hardware for SymNet. This RS-485-based device expands the options for external control by providing additional ports for analog pots or enclosures, more open collectors, binary relays and powered ARC ports. This hardware also includes a 15-pin joystick-to-MIDI port to connect generic MIDI fader packs to the system for real-time fader control in live mixing scenarios. It is expected to be available shortly after the software release.

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