A popular choice for conventions and exhibitions with nearly 190,000 square feet of space, Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee remains one of the state’s most popular destinations for large-scale business gatherings. In recent years, the original audio processing infrastructure was showing wear.
Venue owner and operator, Wisconsin Center District (WCD), enlisted locally-based Metro Sound & Video to specify and install a replacement for the existing DSP and paging set-up, as well as some aging amplifiers and mixers. “Both WCD and we felt that it would be best to replace the entire system head-end now as opposed to when disaster strikes,” says Metro Sound & Video Director of Operations Keith Anderson, who also worked on the original installation.
The Metro team had a little more than 30 days to design, implement, and commission a working system that replaced all of the analog mixers, the combining systems, and existing DSP, Anderson says. Ease of integration and programming were therefore of critical importance—hence the decision to place Symetrix SymNet Radius 12×8 open-architecture Dante-scalable DSPs at the core of this new processing infrastructure.
“All told, we installed 16 SymNet Radius 12x8s and 10 SymNet xIn 12 expanders, along with 38 Symetrix ARC-2e wall-panel remotes for local room volume control, which were chosen to take advantage of their low cost and flexibility,” Anderson says. “We also provided Symetrix ARCWEB browser-based control capability to the techs.”