There are many ways for end users to control Symetrix DSPs:
W Series Wall Controllers dramatically increase the number of control devices that can be added to a Symetrix based system. With an OLED display and dedicated knobs and buttons, the new W Series controllers provide standard IP communication over Ethernet creating a single standardized infrastructure.
Available in three configurations, the controls of the W Series may be used for source selection, volume, mute, and preset recalls for any ComposerTM based Symetrix DSP. The W1 Wall Controller features a push button encoder and display panel while the W2 controller features four momentary buttons along with its display. The W3 combines the hardware features of the W1 and W2 into a single panel.
T Series are capacitive-touch, LCD screens designed to be mounted on the wall or in an optional desk stand. These options lend maximum flexibility to the design and placement of control end points. Restaurants, fitness centres, sports venues, hotels, and houses of worship can all benefit from touchscreen control in a wall application, while courtrooms and conference rooms enjoy the convenience of a desktop installation.
On-screen appearance is the bigger part of the story. Hi-res T Series user control interface screens are developed in Composer software. Easily add logos, instructions, and backgrounds, create custom buttons and link multiple pages for increased capability and wider control.
These devices all have web browsers that can be used to control audio via the embedded web servers running on Prism, Radius, Edge, Solus NX, Jupiter, and Zone Mix 761 DSP hardware. End users can control volume, mute, source selection and other important parameters of their sound systems from the smartphones and tablets they already own.
There are actually four instances of the ARC-WEB – not just one. Each of four users can be assigned a different ARC-WEB with unique privileges and security.
Works with iOS and Android phones and tablets.
The ARC-3 displays up to 32 menus, each with up to 32 items used to control basic audio functions such as volume, preset and source selection, or complex logic-based events like room combining.
Menus are navigated using left and right arrow buttons. The left arrow also functions as cancel and the right as confirmation for menus requiring it. The plus/minus track adjusts parameter settings and scrolls through source or preset lists.
Display and LED brightness are installer configurable. An ambient light sensor automatically adjusts brightness while a proximity sensor wakes up the ARC-3 when a user approaches.
The ARC-2e is a menu-driven remote control for Symetrix DSPs with 24 menus each with up to 16 items used to control multiple basic functions or complex logic-based events including volume, presets, source selection, room combining and more.
Pressing the menu button moves the user through the menu names. The menu button also acts as a preset trigger when a preset list is scrolled. The up/down arrow buttons adjust parameter settings and scroll through preset lists. Holding the menu button and using the up/ down arrow keys move the user forward or backward through the menus.
The wall panel’s behaviour is programmable, including menu brightness, upper and lower parameter limits and more.
The ARC-K1e features a push-button rotary encoder providing simple control of one or two parameters (typically volume) in the Symetrix DSP hardware. An 8-segment LED ladder provides instant user feedback, clearly indicating relative levels. Two additional LEDs illuminate to show which of the two controls is active.
ARC-K1e has an idle mode option for dimming in light-sensitive environments. Hardware lockout pins support an installer supplied key switch. Furnished with a white single gang Decora® faceplate the ARC-K1e fits in single gang US wall boxes (sold separately) for in-wall or surface mount applications.
The ARC-SW4e features four switches that are programmable as momentary, latched or radio buttons. ARC-SW4e provides simple control over mutes, source selection and preset triggering. Corresponding tri-colour LEDs provide user feedback. LEDs may be linked to buttons, or LEDs and buttons may be programmed independently.
ARC-SW4e has an idle mode option for dimming in light sensitive environments. Hardware lockout pins support an installer supplied key switch. Furnished with a white single gang Decora® faceplate the ARC-SW4e fits in single gang US wall boxes for in-wall or surface mount applications.
The ARC-EX4e is identical in function to the ARC-SW4e and provides a low-cost method to expand the capabilities of either an ARC-SW4e or an ARC-K1e. Up to four ARC-EX4e’s may be combined with an ARC-K1e and up to three ARC- EX4e’s may be combined with an ARC- SW4e. The ARC-EX4e cannot be used standalone, nor can it be combined with an ARC-2e. The ARC-EX4e accommodates Decora® faceplates (sold separately).
The RC-3 is a basic wall-panel analogue remote control. Many systems require only a simple and cost-effective single point of control. For these situations, with minimal programming, the RC-3 is connected Symetrix DSP external control inputs to provide volume control or source or preset selection. Because it’s analogue, the RC-3 lacks the sophisticated network intelligence of the ARC wall-panels, yet it is well suited to basic single point of control applications.
The ARC-PSe provides serial control and power distribution over standard CAT5/6 cable for systems with more than 4 ARCs, or, when any number of ARCs are located long distances from a DSP unit. A half-rack form factor conserves rack space, or, if preferred, the ARC-PSe may be surface mounted.
The incoming serial control signal coming from the DSP is received by the ARC-PSe on a RJ-45 input connector, and then power and signal are distributed via 8 RJ-45 output connectors. The use of off-the-shelf CAT5/6 cable and RJ-45 connectors reduces installation time and materials costs.
The xControl provides additional external control inputs and outputs for use with Radius, Prism, Edge, and Solus NX DSP’s. Especially useful in conferencing and paging applications. Each of the 8 flexible analog control inputs may be configured for 1 potentiometer or 2 switches. The 16 logic outputs may be used to drive LEDs, trigger external relays, or control contact closure ports.
Either of the 2 RS-232 ports may be configured to receive commands from third-party control systems, or issue commands to third-party control systems. Utilising PoE, one or more xControl devices may be mounted where convenient and connected to the control network. A half-rack form factor conserves rack space, or, if preferred, the xControl may be surface mounted.