Symetrix links up Indonesia’s newest mosque
INDONESIA: One of the latest additions to Indonesia’s extensive network of new and old mosques is the Masjid Raya Pontianak mosque in Pontianak, west of Kalimantan. Officially opened by President Joko Widodo at the beginning of 2015, the building has recently received a high-end audio installation from Jakarta-based A/V supplier and installer, PT Gracia Auvindo, to ensure that prayers and meetings at the new facility could be heard as clearly as possible.
PT Gracia Auvindo director, Adi Widjaya, was aware of the need to provide signal processing and distribution throughout the 3,600 sq-m site, and having relied upon Symetrix DSPs in the past, he opted to install Symetrix Jupiter 8 fixed-architecture units.
‘We created a four-zone section in the salat (prayer) area as well as one zone for the minaret, and the Symetrix Jupiter 8 fixed-architecture DSP was invaluable in helping us to achieve seamless time alignment between each area,’ recalled Mr Widjaya. ‘Meanwhile, the selection of an ARC-2e adaptive remote control wallpanel enables the user to have straightforward control of basic parameters, such as on/off switching and gain control, for each zone.’
Describing the Jupiter 8 as a ‘fantastic asset’ to the project, which had to be completed on a tight, three-month turnaround, Mr Widjaya explained that the app-based nature of the processor allows users to download pre-designed DSP configurations from the manufacturer’s website.
Alongside the Jupiter 8, Mr Widjaya also specified a range of other audio equipment, including Audix wireless microphones, more than 30 dBTechnologies loudspeakers and a Midas Venice mixing console.
Since its installtion, the audio system has received ‘highly-positive’ feedback from mosque visitors. ‘Definitely a large part of that success is down to the Symetrix DSP,’ confirmed Mr Widjaya. ‘We knew from previous projects that the Jupiter 8 would provide the right blend of routing capability, flexibility and robustness, and that has proven to be the case. The Symetrix products lend themselves to so many different types of project, so there’s no doubt that they will be finding their way into more of our installations in the future.’