Symetrix has expanded its footprint in the Norwegian sports resort community once more with a new installation at the Granåsen cross-country skiing stadium in Trondheim, Norway. Following on from the deployment of a Symetrix processing solution at the adjacent ski-jumping facility, the cross-country stadium has been equipped with a Symetrix SymNet Radius 12 x 8 open-architecture Dante-scalable DSP.
The new installation was commissioned and completed in advance of the combined ski-jump and cross-country FIS World Cup Championships, which were held last month. A Denon DN-500C CD player to provide background music, a Sennheiser ew300 G3 wireless microphone system for announcements, and a separate digital mixer are among the inputs to the Radius 12x8, which was fitted alongside one ARC-K1e and two ARC-EX4e modular wall panel remotes in February.
The installation was carried out by leading Nordic and Baltic IT/AV supplier – and long-term Symetrix user – Atea. “The aim was to provide a system capable of processing multiple inputs and one that could be easily used by both trained personnel and less knowledgeable staff. I believe we have succeeded in this objective,” says André Dominic Schorr, AV senior consultant and programmer at Atea.
The new equipment has essentially been deployed in what Schorr describes as a “set, select, volume configuration.” By way of example, he points to the ability to “control one zone in the stadium, so depending on the event we can trigger different inputs, turn on and turn off the amplifiers in the cellar, and so on. It’s fast and flexible – just what was needed.”
The recent phase of work is only part one of a projected deployment that will likely see the ski-jump and cross-country processing systems brought together via Symetrix’ support for the Audinate Dante media networking solution. “The idea is that the stadium and the ski arena can and will eventually be connected together via Dante and a fibre optic cable that has already been fitted.”
But that could be a way off yet. For now, Schorr reports that he has “only heard good feedback about the Symetrix installation so far. It’s easy to use and sounds great.”