Wavehouse, Atlantis Dubai’s an all-encompassing entertainment venue have installed a sound system to serve a venue the size and complexity of Wavehouse. The installation was led by Managing Director and audio engineer Joe Chidiac, the Pulse Middle East team designed and installed a Dante-enabled audio system for Wavehouse based on two Symetrix Radius NX 12×8 DSPs and one Radius NX 4×4 DSP.
The Wavehouse system is hosted on the hotel’s network, with fiber connecting two separate AV rooms connected to the main intermediate distribution frame. Connection points for Dante devices around the venue are on CAT6 cable. In addition to portable devices, audio sources include a Pioneer DJM900 DJ mixer with CDJ2000 multi-players, connected with an AVIO adapter; a Midas M32 console with DN32-Dante card; and several TV receivers plugged directly into the Symetrix Radius processors. On the output side, Powersoft amplifiers drive loudspeakers from TW Audio and Martin Audio.
“The Symetrix Radius makes it easy to manage the Dante network, and it’s extremely reliable,” said Pulse Middle East Head of Audio Andy Morris. “Most DSP for the loudspeakers at Wavehouse was done inside the Powersoft amplifiers but it was necessary to set balancing and delays within the Symetrix Radius DSPs in order to be able to change these settings for different operation modes. Symetrix Composer software made it easy to integrate our Powersoft amplifiers and enabled us to set up the routing without having to use Dante Controller.”
The Pulse team also used Symetrix Composer’s SymView GUI authoring to create a control server. “We made custom control pages for each zone, plus a diagnostics page for problem solving,” said Andy. “Because it’s hosted on the hotel’s network, there is flawless wi-fi coverage throughout the venue, so the operators can sign in and control any zone from anywhere around the venue.”