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Symetrix Adds Orion To AirTools Studio Matrix Line

Release coincides with version 2.0 upgrade of Studio Matrix Designer (October 14, 2004)

Symetrix, a leading provider of audio signal processing solutions for broadcast, adds a new product to its AirTools Studio Matrix series of modular audio DSP. Dubbed Orion 8x8 Analog I/O DSP, the newest member of the Studio Matrix family is targeted at specific applications within a broadcast facility. Its release coincides with the version 2.0 upgrade of the Studio Matrix Designer application (WIN) for design and real-time control of audio systems. Units are now shipping.

The Orion hardware is equipped with eight line-level analog inputs and outputs. This design provides significant utility when approaching applications such as gain control of satellite chains, equalization and filtering of telephone hybrids, news and production room applications, and management of multiple microphone signals in a talk studio environment. The 8x8 form factor lends itself to a variety of scenarios.

"We're helping the station engineer visualize Orion as the solution to specific issues he may be experiencing in daily operation of his studio," stated Jim Latimer, Symetrix director of sales. "By identifying particular applications that this processor can handle, we highlight the value to the radio station, reduce the engineer's learning curve, and help him justify the decision to use the technology."

Orion employs a pair of Analog Devices 66MHz SHARC processors to create virtual audio pathways and processing modules that replicate dedicated hardware devices in the physical world. The Studio Matrix Designer application is used to create these signal routes and processing chains on a Windows PC. Parameter settings can be assigned to any of the 1,000 onboard preset locations and recalled on demand via RS-232 commands from the station's automation package.

Orion units can be used singly or in groups. Larger processing systems can be created by networking multiple units together. Audio routing between units is handled via the SymLink bus. This proprietary interconnect supports the free exchange of up to 64 channels of audio and control over CAT5 cable.

Based on the very successful SymNet technology Symetrix has been delivering to the installed sound market for three years, all Studio Matrix devices offer a comprehensive set of tools to handle a variety of audio processing scenarios. Available processes include automatic gain control (AGC), compression, filtering, equalization, mixing, and many more. Also included are over sixty processing modules for logic and dynamic logical control.

"We feel the Studio Matrix series, and Orion in particular, represents the next step in audio control for engineers whose responsibilities continue to grow while their resources erode," Latimer continues. "This line of DSP products provides the flexibility to automate a number of functions they currently ignore, live with, or work around due to limitations in their physical plant."

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