05.11.19

Symetrix handles audio for Kudadoo resort, Maldives

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View from the Kudadoo resort, Maldives

Kudadoo is a private, tropical island resort in the Maldives and its management approached Pulse Middle East of Dubai to design and build a sound system for the facility. The sound system had to deliver flexibility to switch between background music and live music applications while remaining simple enough to operate without the presence of technical staff on site. The Pulse Middle East team designed a Dante audio network for Kudadoo managed by a Symetrix Radius 12x8 EX DSP. The system serves the bar, restaurant, pool area, spa, salt room, games room, and restrooms.

Joe Chidiac, managing director and audio engineer for Pulse Middle East, noted: "This installation was very special, since the location is extremely particular-and breathtaking. The main difficulties at Kudadoo were the logistics, the hotel being on an island in the Maldives, and the timeline. The system was installed and integrated in a three-day stay, after the initial visit and overseas prep. Due to the surrounding water body, many measures had to be taken in order to complete everything on time and have a lasting result."

Andy Morris, Pulse head of audio, added: "Another main challenge was designing a user-friendly interface that could be operated by anyone, while still giving options for different sources and volumes in each zone. One way we got around this was to use logic automation within the Symetrix Radius EX so that certain events, such as a band starting to play from a certain Dante adapter, would cause the background music to automatically fade out in the concerned zones, gradually fading up again when live input is no longer detected." had to be taken in order to complete everything on time and have a lasting result."

In addition to portable devices, audio sources for Kudadoo's network include a Pioneer DJM900 DJ mixer with CDJ2000s, connected with an AVIO adapter, a Midas M32 console with DN32-Dante card, and several TV receivers plugged directly into the Radius 12x8 EX. had to be taken in order to complete everything on time and have a lasting result."

On the output side, Powersoft amplifiers drive loudspeakers from TW Audio and Martin Audio. The Pulse Middle East team installed CAT6 cable throughout the facility, routing input from the portable devices via Dante connection points to the Symetrix Radius DSP and from the Radius to the amplifiers. Symetrix ARC-3 wall panels enable simple user control of volume, mute, and source selection. had to be taken in order to complete everything on time and have a lasting result."

Morris said: "The Symetrix Radius makes it easy to manage the Dante network, and it's extremely reliable. We also like the way Symetrix Composer software makes it easy to integrate our Powersoft amplifiers. Having all the routing set up in Composer instead of using an additional piece of software like Dante Controller saves a lot of time and confusion. All the routings are there in Composer, clear to see and easy to restore should any issues arise."

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