tsg Completes Gatehouse Install

Mar 4, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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tsg, the Sheffield, England-based media programming and systems company, finished the sound and vision integration at Lloyd's No. 1 bar, The Gatehouse, in Chichester, England.

On all recent projects for the company, tsg has used the Symetrix SymNet programmable DSP matrix device to store gain settings and route signals to different zones, providing them with a more sophisticated and flexible control solution than they had experienced with other DSPs.

tsg reviewed a number of different DSP products before choosing SymNet, based on the flexibility of the control logic modules. The SymNet 8x8 matrix device is used in conjunction with tsg's promedia media-management system, which also routes the different video sources and graphics via a Kramer switcher. Aside from triggering third-party devices, promedia stores the specially made content that matches Lloyd's customer profiling, triggering presets from an internal events scheduler to allow the volume levels to adjust incrementally in accordance with trading patterns.

SymNet allows tsg project manager, Lee Price, to set parameters from anywhere in the bar or back at company base in Sheffield. "SymNet will do a whole lot more than other processors we have tried. Wetherspoon is specific about their different zonal thresholds and SymNet allows us to ramp up the volume incrementally rather than in steps and has the ability to recall presets without an external trigger."

To facilitate this, SymNet has introduced control signals and logic, adding modules to its expanding architecture. "You don't get these control logic modules with other DSPs," said Price. "Using the logic faders and ramp processor, the volume sent to the four sound zones can be controlled a lot more smoothly."

In Chichester, SymNet is supplied with the ARC fully programmable, menu-driven wall panel, providing local override of the source select.

Lee and operations manager Paul Kemp agreed that the backup they receive from distributors, Fuzion plc, is exemplary. "Their patience has been tremendous. Symetrix is constantly updating the SymNet software and we have just downloaded yet another version of their Designer file onto promedia," they said.

tsg has matched the evolving system requirements of Lloyds No. 1: "We have progressed from using very simple zoners with no interface to the very sophisticated SymNet matrix," said Price. "Wireless technology is definitely the way forward, as it is so much faster and goes so much further."

For more information, visit Symetrix at www.symetrixaudio.com.

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