The university already had three SymNet systems in other buildings and this – along with its familiarity with sound contractor and installer Kelvin Francis of K C Sound & Electric Co, and with Symetrix’s ARC wall-panel remotes – was an influential factor in the eventual specification of Symetrix equipment for this new project.
The AJIAC installation includes two SymNet 8×8 DSP units, whose 16 total inputs and 16 total outputs are augmented with a SymNet BreakIn12 and a SymNet BreakOut12. Input sources include XM radio, AM/FM radio, a CD player, an iPod port and a DVD player (which sends video to the competition room’s scoreboard/LCD screen). A selection of wired and wireless microphones serve as additional inputs, and receive SymNet’s advanced signal processing. Crown amplifiers power a combination of Electro-Voice FRX, Community Wet Series and Altec ceiling speakers. The user-facing end of the system is provided by a total of 12 Symetrix ARC-2 wall panels, while two ARC-XLR panels provide mic inputs and push-to-talk buttons for convenient paging.
With four Symetrix DSP systems installed at the university, and future systems under consideration, Francis will join them all to the university’s internet backbone via each unit’s Cat5 connector.
Derrick Davis, marketing communications manager at Symetrix, told II: “K C Sound & Electric Co did a great job with Tennessee’s new Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center, installing yet another SymNet system into the university’s infrastructure. Their decision to keep a consistent user interface within the university will greatly benefit the school, by providing consistency in usability and ease of use. Their design for the whole system is a great example of proper planning for future needs and integration, which allows the university many advantages as they continue to grow. K.C. Sound & Electric Co just did a fantastic integration.”