SymNet BreakIn12 Quick Start Guide
BreakIn12
BreakOut12
Quick Start Guide
Safety
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Quick Start Guide
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Safety
BreakIn12 and BreakOut12
Keep up-to-date with the latest version of SymNet Designer™, the Windows® application that
controls all SymNet hardware, go to: http://www.SymetrixAudio.com
What Ships in the Box
• A BreakIn12 or BreakOut12 hardware
device.
• SymNet Designer CD-ROM (Windows).
• A SymLink patch cable.
• A ferrite clamp.
• A detachable power cord.
• This Quick Start Guide.
Important Safety
Instructions
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What You Need to Provide
• A Windows® PC with 300MHz or higher
Pentium® and:
• WIN 98SE, ME, 2000 or XP®.
• 10-15 MB free storage space.
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• 1024x768 graphics capability.
• 16-bit or higher colors.
• CD-ROM drive or Internet connection.
• A SymNet DSP or CobraLink hardware
device, the BreakI/O hardware devices
can not be used stand-alone.
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Monday through Friday,
Pacific Time
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This device complies with part 15 of
the FCC Rules. Operation is subject
to the following two conditions: (1)
This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
This Class B Digital apparatus meets
all requirements of the Canadian
Interference-Causing Equipment
Regulations
Cet appariel numerique de la classe
B respecte toutes les Exigences du
Reglement sur le materiel brouilleur
du Canada.
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR
SHOCK DO NOT EXPOSE
WARNING: ELECTRIC
THIS EQUIPMENT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE
DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE
AVIS: RISQUE
NE PAS OUVRIR
Follow all instructions.
Do not use this apparatus near water.
This apparatus shall not be exposed to
dripping or splashing and no objects
filled with liquids, such as vases, shall be
placed on the apparatus.
SEE OWNERS MANUAL. VOIR CAHIER D’INSTRUCTIONS.
No user serviceable parts inside. Refer servicing to qualified service personnel.
Il ne se trouve a l’interieur aucune piece pourvant entre reparée l’usager.
S’adresser a un reparateur compétent.
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The lightning flash with arrowhead
symbol within an equilateral triangle is
intended to alert the user of the presence
of uninsulated “dangerous voltage”
within the product’s enclosure that may
be of sufficient magnitude to constitute
a risk of electric shock to persons. The
exclamation point within an equilateral
triangle is intended to alert the user of
the presence of important operating and
maintenance (servicing) instructions in the
literature accompanying the product (i.e.
this Quick Start Guide).
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CAUTION: To prevent electric shock,
do not use the polarized plug supplied
with the unit with any extension cord,
receptacle, or other outlet unless the
prongs can be fully inserted.
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Power Source: This Symetrix hardware
uses a switching power supply that
automatically adjusts to the applied
voltage. Ensure that your AC mains
voltage is somewhere between 100-240
VAC, 50-60 Hz. Use only the power
cord and connector specified for the
product and your operating locale. A
protective ground connection, by way of
the grounding conductor in the power
cord, is essential for safe operation. The
appliance inlet and coupler shall remain
readily operable once the apparatus has
been installed.
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User Serviceable Parts: There are no
user serviceable parts inside this Symetrix
product. In case of failure, customers
inside the U.S. should refer all servicing to
the Symetrix factory. Customers outside
the U.S. should refer all servicing to an
authorized Symetrix distributor. Distributor
contact information is available online at:
http://www.SymetrixAudio.com.
Clean only with dry cloth.
Do not block any ventilation openings.
Install only in accordance with the
manufacturer’s instructions.
This apparatus shall be connected to
a mains socket outlet with a protective
earthing connection. Do not defeat
the safety purpose of the polarized or
grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has
two blades with one wider than the other.
A grounding type plug has two blades
and a third grounding prong. The wide
blade or the third prong are provided for
your safety. If the provided plug does not
fit into your outlet, consult an electrician
for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
BL
Protect the power cord from being
walked on or pinched particularly at
plugs, convenience receptacles, and the
point where they exit from the apparatus.
BM
Only use attachments/accessories
specified by the manufacturer.
BN
Use only with the cart, stand,
tripod, bracket, or table
specified by the manufacturer,
or sold with the apparatus.
When a cart is used, use
caution when moving the cart/apparatus
combination to avoid injury from tip-over.
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Heed all warnings.
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SymNet Designer, the Windows
application that controls all SymNet
hardware, includes a help module which
acts as a complete User’s Guide for both
hardware (including the BreakIn12 and
BreakOut12 devices) and software.
Keep these instructions.
Do not install near any heat sources such
as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or
other apparatus (including amplifiers) that
produce heat.
Getting Help
If you have questions beyond the scope
of the help module, contact our Customer
Support Group in the following ways:
Read these instructions.
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• 64MB RAM (WIN 98SE/ME), 128MB
RAM (WIN 2000/XP).
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
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Unplug this apparatus during lightning
storms or when unused for long periods
of time.
BP
Refer all servicing to qualified service
personnel. Servicing is required when
the apparatus has been damaged in any
way, such as power-supply cord or plug
cord is damaged, liquid has been spilled
or objects have fallen into the apparatus,
the apparatus has been exposed to rain
or moisture, does not operate normally, or
has been dropped.
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Warning
Quick Start Guide
The RJ-45 connectors labeled “ARC” are only for use with the ARC series of remotes.
DO NOT plug the ARC connectors on Symetrix products into any
RJ-45 connector labeled “SYMLINK”,“ETHERNET” or “COBRANET”.
The “ARC” RJ-45 connectors on Symetrix products can carry anywhere from 6 to 24 VDC which
can damage SymLink, Ethernet and CobraNet circuitry.
ARC
ARC
TRANSMIT
RECEIVE
SYMLINK
ETHERNET
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COBRANET/
ETHERNET
BreakIn12 and BreakOut12
Introduction • Overview • Performance Data
Introduction
PERFORMANCE DATA
BreakIn12
SymNet™ is a scalable DSP platform configured by SymNet
Designer software and made by Symetrix. Installed in
Convention Centers, Sports Arenas, Houses of Worship
and many other venues throughout the world, consultants,
integrators and end-users rely on the robust stability of the
SymNet platform.
SymNet is an open architecture system. This means DSP
modules (EQ, compression, etc.) are placed into the design
and connected using standard drag-and-drop methods.
Various SymNet hardware can be chained together to
provide a custom audio solution for the client. SymNet’s
main advantage can be summed up in one word: “Options”.
Options for DSP processing, options for audio routing and
options for control.
Overview
The SymNet BreakIn12 and BreakOut12 are one rack
space SymNet hardware devices which feature twelve
selectable mic/line inputs (BreakIn12) or twelve line outputs
(BreakOut12) to provide additional analog audio I/O to a
SymNet system and are fully setup from the familiar SymNet
Designer software. When added to SymNet systems,
they can drastically reduce total system price while greatly
increasing input and output capacity.
Item
Specifications
Converter Types
24-bit Sigma Delta
Sampling Rate
48 kHz, +/- 100 ppm
Frequency Response
+/- 0.5 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
A/D dynamic range
> 111 dB (A-weighted)
Total THD+Noise
< 0.003% @ 1 kHz, -1 dBFS
Input impedance
6.67k Ohms, Balanced
Maximum input
level
+22 dBu without pad (typical)
Mic pre-amp EIN
-128 dBu, typical from 22 Hz - 22 kHz, A-weighted
Phantom power
+48 VDC, 10 mA (per input)
Input CMR
> 70 dB @ 60 Hz
Channel separation
> 110 dB, in through out @ 1 kHz
PERFORMANCE DATA
BreakOut12
Unlike the SymNet 8x8, DSP unit, the BreakIn12 and
BreakOut12 contain no DSP processors, a design feature
which accounts for significant cost savings. Because of the
tremendous DSP power contained in a single SymNet 8x8
(4 SHARC™ floating point processors), many designs don’t
fully utilize the 8x8’s DSP potential. The BreakI/O boxes
allow you to tap that full potential. For example, by
connecting a BreakIn12 and BreakOut12 to a SymNet
8x8, you create a very powerful 20x20 DSP matrix at an
extremely competitive price.
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Item
Specifications
Converter Types
24-bit Sigma Delta
Sampling Rate
48 kHz, +/- 100 ppm
Frequency Response
+/- 0.5 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
D/A dynamic range
> 110 dB (A-weighted)
Total THD+Noise
< 0.003% @ 1 kHz, -1 dBFS
Output impedance
210 Ohms, Balanced
Maximum output
level
+24 dBu, 100k Ohms (typical)
Channel separation
> 100 dB, in through out @ 1 kHz
Mech Data • Front Panel
Quick Start Guide
Mechanical Data
Item
Specifications
Remarks
SPACE REQUIRED
1U (WDH: 48.3 cm x 26.7 cm x 4.37 cm / 19
in x 10.5 in x 1.72 in). Depth does not include
connector allowance.
Allow at least 1 inch additional clearance for rear panel connections. Additional depth
may be required depending upon your specific wiring and connections.
ELECTRICAL
100 to 240 VAC, 50-60 Hz, 75 watts maximum.
No line voltage switching required.
VENTILATION
Maximum recommended ambient operating
temperature is 30 C / 86 F.
Fan on equipment right pulls hot air out of unit. Air intake at equipment left. Ensure that
the left and right equipment sides are unobstructed (5.08 cm, 2 in minimum clearance).
The ventilation should not be impeded by covering the ventilation openings with items
such as newspapers, tablecloths, curtains, etc.
WEIGHT
3.0 kg (6.6 lbs.)
Front Panel
Item
Description
Remarks
POWER
Red LED
Indicates that the device is powered on.
LED is lit solid when operating normally.
Note: The LED will flash the number of times equivalent to its SYMLINK ADDRESS
upon power up.
COMM
Yellow LED
Indicates current host communications.
SYMLINK ACTIVE
Green LED
Indicates a valid SYMLINK connection. The LED should be lit solid when there is a valid
SymLink connection. If flashing or off, check connections, cables and DIP switches.
I/O SIGNAL LEVEL
Red, Yellow, and Green LEDs
Indicates input or output signal level.
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BreakIn12 and BreakOut12
Rear Panel • SymNet System Connections
Rear Panel
Item
Description
Remarks
POWER INPUT
IEC 3 prong jack
Accepts power from detachable IEC power cable (100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz,
75 Watts max).
RS-232
Female DB9
This connection is for factory use only. All communications with the BreakIn12 or
BreakOut12 is via the SymLink bus under the control of a SymNet DSP or CobraLink
master unit.
SYMLINK TRANSMIT/
RECEIVE
RJ-45
Low-latency 64-channel audio and data bus. Use shielded CAT5 cables less than 10
meters in length, standard straight-through wiring.
DEVICE CONFIG
8 DIP switch block
Configures the SymLink Master/Slave status and SymLink device address.
ANALOG INPUTS
(BreakIn12)
3 pin Euroblocks
12 analog mic / line level audio inputs with individually software-selectable phantom
power and level of -50 dBu, -40 dBu, -20 dBu, -10 dBV or +4 dBu.
ANALOG OUTPUTS
(BreakOut12)
3 pin Euroblocks
12 analog line level audio outputs with individually software-selectable level of -10 dBV
or +4 dBu.
NOTE: Detachable Euroblock connectors are designed for use with bare wire. Do not tin stranded wires before inserting them into the connectors.
SymNet System Connections
SymLink Connection
SymLink Connection
The BreakIn12 and BreakOut12 connect to the rest of the SymNet system with
SymLink. SymLink is a ring network, unlike Ethernet which uses a hub and spoke
topology making a single connection to each device from a hub. Each SymNet
hardware device on a SymLink ring has two connections: TRANSMIT and RECEIVE.
TRANSMIT connects to the RECEIVE port on the next device in the ring. TRANSMIT
from the last device in the ring connects to the RECEIVE port on the first device in the
ring. This completes the
“SymLink Ring”. When the ring is complete and all connections and device addresses
are valid, the SYMLINK ACTIVE LEDs on the fronts of all units will be lit solid green.
If any unit’s SYMLINK ACTIVE LED is flashing or unlit, it means that the unit is not
receiving a valid SymLink connection from the upstream unit. Check the connection,
cabling and DIP switches.
Note: Shielded CAT5 cables are recommended for SymLink connections and length
must be limited to 10 meters each. One shielded SymLink patch cable is included
with each hardware device featuring SymLink connections. Included in the SymNet
packaging is a ferrite clamp. In order to maintain CE compliance, this clamp should be
installed on the TRANSMIT side of each SymLink cable.
WARNING: The RJ-45 connectors labeled “SYMLINK” are only for use
with other SymLink products. DO NOT plug the SymLink connectors on
Symetrix products into any RJ-45 connector labeled “ARC”, “ETHERNET”
or “COBRANET. The “ARC” RJ-45 connectors on Symetrix products can
carry anywhere from 6 to 24 VDC which can severely damage SymLink circuitry.
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Master
[CobraLink]
Address 2
[BreakIn12]
Address 3
[BreakOut12]
Sheilded Cat5 Cable
Device Addressing
Quick Start Guide
Device Addressing
Every SymNet hardware device must be uniquely identified
within its ring. A device address of 2 through 16 is available.
(BreakIn12 and BreakOut12 units can not be SymLink
Master units, so an address of 1 is not valid.) The device
addresses of the physical hardware in your system must
match the devices as configured in your SymNet Designer
Site File. You may use the pictorial diagrams below to quickly
set up and understand the device address DIP switches on
the BreakIn12 or BreakOut12.
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RESERVED
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1 2 4 8 16
BOOT MODE
RESERVED
DEVICE CONFIG
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BOOT MODE
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1 2 4 8 16
1 2 4 8 16
DEVICE CONFIG
BOOT MODE
RESERVED
BAUD
BOOT MODE
RESERVED
BAUD
1 2 4 8 16
RESERVED
BAUD
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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RESERVED
1 2 4 8 16
BOOT MODE
RESERVED
BAUD
Note: Any time the DIP switches are changed, the unit(s)
must be power cycled for the changes to take effect.
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DEVICE CONFIG
SymNet Designer Software
BreakIn12 and BreakOut12
SymNet Designer Software
Using SymNet Designer
Installation
Once the installation process is complete, you should have
an icon on your desktop, and a program item in the Start
menu. Click on the SymNet Designer icon and you’re ready
to begin.
The SymNet Designer software provides real-time control
over multiple audio functions from a Win­dows 98/2000/XP
PC environment.
SymNet Designer is mostly self-explanatory. The Con­
figuration Screen represents all SymNet hardware devices in
a sys­tem. Each device can store up to 1000 presets. Using
the tool kit (left-hand) window, you select the SymNet device
that you wish to configure and drag it to the configuration
page. Double-clicking on the device opens it, and causes
the tool kit to display all the different signal processors
available. The tool kit window is context sensitive. It always
displays the items that can be placed in the current window.
You can use the Browser to navigate to all of the rele­vant
windows opened.
Use one of the following procedures to install the SymNet
Designer on your computer.
From the SymNet Designer CD-ROM:
1.Insert the CD-ROM into your computer’s CD-ROM drive.
2.If the software does not auto run, Click on the Start
button, Run D:\SETUP
(If your CD-ROM drive isn’t D:, then substitute its
drive letter)
From the Symetrix web site (http://www.SymetrixAudio.com):
Drag and drop signal processors into the configuration page.
Connect them together by clicking on a connec­tion point
and moving the mouse in the direction you want the wire
to run. Make corners by clicking at the cor­ner and moving
off in a new direction. Terminate a wire by clicking on the
terminating connection point or by hit­ting the ESC key or
right mouse button. Right click on an existing wire and
choose “Start Wire” to make a tee connection.
1.Download the SymNet Designer self-extracting installer.
2.Find the file you downloaded and double-click it to start
the Setup program.
The software always starts up in offline mode. Regard­
less, you can explore the software, experiment to your
heart’s content, and perhaps even get useful work done.
You can save any Sites that you create to a file that can be
downloaded later into an operating SymNet system.
Once you’ve completed your design, download it to
the SymNet system. Double click on pro­cessors on the
configuration page to see their DSP modules and routing.
Double-click on a DSP module to change its settings.
If there is a SymNet hardware device connected, you can
download to, and upload from the SymNet system. Once
you have a device connected, you can also work online in
real time, which allows you to hear adjust­ments and settings
as you make them.
Note: Many useful functions are available in the mouse
right-click. Explore! That’s the ultra-condensed version.
You’ll find more complete information in SymNet Designer’s
online help.
Hardware Memory
SymNet saves its settings in internal flash memory, allowing
it to recall settings through a power-down/up cycle. Unlike
static RAM, the flash memory does not require batteries, and
is designed to retain its memory for the life of the product.
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Declaration of Conformity
Quick Start Guide
Declaration of Conformity
We, Symetrix, Incorporated, 6408 216th St. SW, Mountlake
Terrace, WA, 98043, USA, declare under our sole
responsibility that the products:
• SymNet™ BreakIn12
• SymNet™ BreakOut12
...to which this declaration relates, are in conformity with the
following standards:
EN 55103-1
Product family standard for audio, video, audio-visual
and entertainment lighting control apparatus for
professional use.
Part 1: Emission.
EN 55103-2
Product family standard for audio, video, audio-visual
and entertainment lighting control apparatus for
professional use.
Part 2: Immunity.
EN 60065
Safety requirements for mains operated electronic and
related apparatus for household and similar general use.
The technical construction file is maintained at:
Symetrix, Inc.
6408 216th St. SW
Mountlake Terrace, WA, 98043
USA
The authorized representative located within the
European Community is:
World Marketing Associates
P.O. Box 100
St. Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6YU, England
Date of issue: 15 March, 2002
Place of issue: Mountlake Terrace, Washington, USA
Authorized signature:
Dane Butcher, President, Symetrix Inc.
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DIP Switch Reference
BreakIn12 and BreakOut12
SymNet Family DIP Switch Settings
As of SymNet Designer software version 2.0, a maximum of 32 Rings, each having 16 Addresses, are possible. For the sake of
space, only switch settings for the first 8 Rings or Addresses are pictured.
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SLAVE/MASTER
BAUD
SLAVE/MASTER
BAUD
BOOT MODE
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DEVICE
CONFIG
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7
6
5
4
3
2
1
16
A
8
D
4
D
2
R
1
SLAVE/MASTER
BAUD
BOOT MODE
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
16
A
8
D
4
D
2
R
1
SLAVE/MASTER
BAUD
ADDRESS 1
[MASTER]
ADDRESS 2
[SLAVE]
ADDRESS 3
[SLAVE]
ADDRESS 4
[SLAVE]
DEVICE
CONFIG
DEVICE
CONFIG
DEVICE
CONFIG
DEVICE
CONFIG
BOOT MODE
16
A
8
D
4
D
2
R
1
SLAVE/MASTER
BAUD
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
ADDRESS 5
[SLAVE]
BOOT MODE
16
A
8
D
4
D
2
R
1
SLAVE/MASTER
BAUD
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
BOOT MODE
16
A
8
D
4
D
2
R
1
SLAVE/MASTER
BAUD
ADDRESS 6
[SLAVE]
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
ADDRESS 7
[SLAVE]
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16
A
8
D
4
D
2
R
1
SLAVE/MASTER
BAUD
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
ADDRESS 8
[SLAVE]
BOOT MODE
RESERVED
BAUD
1 2 4 8 16
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DEVICE CONFIG
1 2 4 8 16
BOOT MODE
RESERVED
#4
BAUD
BOOT MODE
BOOT MODE
RESERVED
BAUD
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
DEVICE
CONFIG
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
16
A
8
D
4
D
2
R
1
1 2 4 8 16
DEVICE CONFIG
#6
BOOT MODE
RESERVED
BAUD
BOOT MODE
BOOT MODE
#3
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DEVICE
CONFIG
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
16
A
8
D
4
D
2
R
1
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DEVICE CONFIG
#5
BOOT MODE
1 2 4 8 16
1 2 4 8 16
DEVICE CONFIG
#2
DEVICE CONFIG
DEVICE
CONFIG
RESERVED
BAUD
BOOT MODE
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
RESERVED
1 2 4 8 16
1 2 4 8 16
DEVICE CONFIG
#1
SymNet 8x8 DSP
NOTE: Only one Master is
allowed on the Ring and it
should be Address 1.
RESERVED
BAUD
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
DEVICE CONFIG
BAUD
NOTE: On the Break I/Os,
switches configure address.
An Address of 1 is not valid on
the BreakIn12 or BreakOut12
since these devices can not be
the Master on a Ring.
1 2 4 8 16
BOOT MODE
SymNet BreakIn12 and
BreakOut12
CobraLink ONLY
RESERVED
NOTE: The DIP switches on a
CobraLink device configure its
Ring number. A CobraLink
device is always at Address 1
and is the Master of its ring.
BAUD
SymNet CobraLink
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DEVICE CONFIG
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Wiring Reference
Quick Start Guide
Balanced Connections
NOTE: In the case of an XLR connector, the Female attaches
to an output, while the Male attaches to an input.
Any of these connectors can appear on either side of
a balanced connection.
Euroblock [balanced]
Terminal Strip [balanced]
Tip = (+) Plus
Ring = (–) Minus
Sleeve = Ground
NOTE: Detachable Euroblock
and Terminal Strip connectors
are designed for use with bare
wire. Do not tin stranded wires
before inserting them into the
connectors.
XLR Female Plug [balanced]
Pin 2
Pin 3
Pin 1
TRS 1/4" Plug [balanced]
XLR Male Plug [balanced]
Pin 2 = (+) Plus
Pin 3 = (–) Minus
Pin 1 = Ground
Pin 2 Pin 2 = (+) Plus
Pin 3 Pin 3 = (–) Minus
Pin 1 Pin 1 = Ground
Special Case: Female XLR
connectors will
ALWAYS be used coming
from the OUTPUT of a
device.
Male connecters plug into
the INPUT of a device.
Unbalanced Connections
The RCA connector and the 1/4” TS connector are unbalanced connectors, wired with a single strand shielded wire and can
be placed on either end of an unbalanced connection
! IMPORTANT NOTICE 1
!
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TS 1/4" Plug [unbalanced]
The wiring diagrams on these pages are included for
information purposes only.
Tip = (+) Plus
Sleeve = (-) minus and Ground
Symetrix can not anticipate every connector type on
non-Symetrix products. It is the user’s responsibility
to determine what connection is needed.
In addition, Symetrix accepts no responsibility for
injury or damage caused by user created wiring.
RCA Plug [unbalanced]
Sleeve = (-) minus and Ground
Tip = (+) Plus
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Wiring Reference
BreakIn12 and BreakOut12
Unbalanced Connections:
In this example, the unbalanced connector is sending signal
to a balanced connector. When wiring this connection,
use a shielded twisted pair cable. The balanced side wires
the same as a standard, balanced connection. On the
unbalanced side, you wire the white (minus) wire together
with the ground. This provides some common mode
rejection at the balanced input.
Unbalanced out to balanced in
The RCA connector and the 1/4” TS connector are
unbalanced connectors. However, the wiring differs
depending on if they are sending to, or receiving from a
balanced connector.
TS 1/4" Plug [unbalanced out to balanced in]
Tip = (+) Plus
Sleeve = (-) minus and Ground
XLR Male Plug [balanced]
Euroblock [balanced]
Terminal Strip [balanced]
RCA Plug [unbalanced out to balanced in]
TRS 1/4" Plug [balanced]
Sleeve = (-) minus and Ground
Tip = (+) Plus
Unbalanced Connections:
are sending signal to an unbalanced input, the rules change.
Use a single strand shielded wire. Wire only to the plus and
ground terminals of what would the typically be the balanced
connector.
Balanced out to unbalanced in
When your output requires a balanced connector, but you
XLR Female Plug [unbalanced]
Pin 2
Pin 3
Pin 1
TS 1/4" Plug [balanced out to unbalanced in]
Pin 2 = (+) Plus
Pin 3 = Unused
Pin 1 = Ground
Tip = (+) Plus
Sleeve = Ground
Euroblock [unbalanced] Terminal Strip [unbalanced]
TRS 1/4" Plug [balanced]
RCA Plug [balanced out to unbalanced in]
Sleeve = Ground
Tip = (+) Plus
Tip = (+) Plus
Ring = unused
Sleeve = Ground
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Common Problems and Solutions
Quick Start Guide
Dancing Lights.
Firmware.
If any of your SymNet units power on and seem to suffer from Dancing
Lights Syndrome, never fear. This simply means that there is no active Site
File loaded. Download your Site File to the hardware (F4) in order for the
settings to be stored.
IMPORTANT: To run SymNet Designer, the firmware in your hardware
devices must match the firmware versions included with the software. If
you receive SymNet Designer with a new SymNet device from the factory,
then the firmware versions should already match. However, if you are
connecting to an older SymNet system, the firmware versions in hardware
must match those included with the version of SymNet Designer you are
using. The correct firmware files are always included with each software
release.
Serial Communications.
Be sure that you use a straight-through RS-232 cable connected to the
DB9 port labeled RS-232. You must connect to whichever unit is master
for a given ring. It is permissible to connect to any ring provided that you
connect to the master unit (the unit with an Address of 1). By default,
SymNet Designer communicates with the hardware units at a baud rate
of 115,200 bps. This is how the baud DIP switch (number 1) is configured
in the examples on page 9. However, if you have a PC that is incapable of
operating at this speed, a setting of 57,600 bps is available. DIP switch 1
will be opposite of the examples on page 9 and the speed of 57,600 bps
must be selected in SymNet Designer’s Preferences dialog accessible from
the File menu.
When downloading a Site File to SymNet hardware, the firmware versions
will be checked and you will be prompted to upgrade firmware if necessary.
CobraLink and Express Only: For CobraLink and Express Cobra units,
there is also CobraNet firmware from Cirrus Logic. You may need to
upgrade this firmware as well. See Upgrading CobraNet Firmware using
CobraNet Discovery in the SymNet Designer release notes for instructions.
Upgrading Firmware using Auto Upgrade
1.
Install SymNet Designer. This will copy the necessary firmware files to
your computer.
2.
Launch SymNet Designer.
The SymLink bus uses industry standard CAT5 shielded Ethernet cable.
The SymNet units are interconnected in a ring network fashion. The
TRANSMIT of the first unit is connected to the RECEIVE of the second
unit and so on. The last unit in the chain should then have its TRANSMIT
connected to the first units RECEIVE to complete the ring. All SYMLINK
ACTIVE green LEDs should be lit on the front of each SymNet device.
3.
Connect your hardware devices as they would be for normal operation.
It is highly recommended to power down or disconnect power amplifiers
and speakers.
4.
In SymNet Designer, choose Hardware->Upgrade Firmware.
5.
Press the Auto Upgrade button. This will upgrade all connected devices.
Example:
6.
When finished, click ‘Close’.
If you encounter problems with this procedure, use the Manual Upgrade
procedure below.
SymLink Communications.
SymLink Connection
Upgrading Firmware - Manual Upgrade
Master
[CobraLink]
Address 2
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1.
Install SymNet Designer. This will copy the necessary firmware files to
your computer.
2.
Launch SymNet Designer.
3.
Connect your hardware devices as they would be for normal operation.
It is highly recommended to power down or disconnect power amplifiers
and speakers.
4.
In SymNet Designer, choose Hardware->Upgrade Firmware.
5.
Click the ‘Upgrade’ button under SymNet Microprocessor file. An ‘open’
file dialog will appear allowing navigation to the firmware files. The default
location is: C:\Program Files\Symetrix\SymNet Designer X.X\Upgrade.
6.
Select the file SymNet_MicroProc_VXXXX.bin and click ‘Open’.
7.
When finished, click the ‘Upgrade’ button under SymNet FPGA file. Select
the SymNet_FPGA_VXXXX.bit file and click ‘Open’.
8.
If you have more than one SymNet device, select each device using the
Address dropdown at the top of the dialog box and repeat steps 4-6.
9.
If you are using CobraLink or Express Cobra and have more than one ring,
repeat for all devices on all rings using the Ring dropdown at the top of the
dialog box.
10. When finished, click ‘Close’.
Address 3
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Warranty and Service
BreakIn12 and BreakOut12
The Symetrix Limited Warranty
Servicing Your Symetrix Product
Symetrix, Inc. expressly warrants that the product will be free from
defects in material and workmanship for eighteen (18) months from
the date the product is shipped from the factory. Symetrix’s obligations
under this warranty will be limited to repairing or replacing, at Symetrix’s
option, the part or parts of the product which prove defective in material
or workmanship within eighteen (18) months from the date the product
is shipped from the factory, provided that the Buyer gives Symetrix
prompt notice of any defect or failure and satisfactory proof thereof.
Products may be returned by Buyer only after a Return Authorization
number (RA) has been obtained from Symetrix. Buyer will prepay all
freight charges to return the product to the Symetrix factory. Symetrix
reserves the right to inspect any products which may be the subject of
any warranty claim before repair or replacement is carried out. Symetrix
may, at its option, require proof of the original date of purchase (dated
copy of original retail dealer’s invoice). Final determination of warranty
coverage lies solely with Symetrix. Products repaired under warranty will
be returned freight prepaid via United Parcel Service by Symetrix, to any
location within the Continental United States. Outside the Continental
United States, products will be returned freight collect.
If you have determined that your Symetrix product requires repair
services and you live outside of the United States please contact your
local Symetrix dealer or distributor for instructions on how to obtain
service. If you reside in the U.S. then proceed as follows:
Return Authorization
At the Symetrix factory, Symetrix will perform in-warranty or out-ofwarranty service on any product it has manufactured for a period of
three (3) years from date of discontinued manufacture.
Before sending anything to Symetrix, please contact our Customer
Service Department for a Return Authorization (RA) number. The
telephone number is +1 (425) 778-7728. Additionally, support is
available via the web site: http://support.SymetrixAudio.com.
In-warranty Repairs
To get your Symetrix product repaired under the terms of the warranty:
The foregoing warranties are in lieu of all other warranties,
whether oral, written, express, implied or statutory. Symetrix, Inc.
expressly disclaims any IMPLIED warranties, including fitness
for a particular purpose or merchantability. Symetrix’s warranty
obligation and buyer’s remedies hereunder are SOLELY and
exclusively as stated herein.
This Symetrix product is designed and manufactured for use in
professional and studio audio systems and is not intended for
other usage. With respect to products purchased by consumers for
personal, family, or household use, Symetrix expressly disclaims
all implied warranties, including but not limited to warranties of
merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.
1.
Call us for an RA number (have the serial number, shipping and
contact information and description of the problem ready).
2.
Pack the unit in its original packaging materials.
3.
Include your name, address, daytime telephone number, and a
brief statement of the problem.
4.
Write the RA number on the outside of the box.
5.
Ship the unit to Symetrix, freight prepaid. We do not accept
freight collect shipments.
Just do these five things, and repairs made in-warranty will cost you only
one way freight charges. We’ll pay the return freight.
If you don’t have the factory packaging materials, we recommend using
an oversize box. Wrap the unit in a plastic bag, surround it with bubblewrap, and place it in the box surrounded by Styrofoam peanuts. Be sure
there is enough clearance in the box to protect the rack ears. We won’t
return the unit in anything but Symetrix packaging for which we will have
to charge you. If the problem is due to operator misuse or error, you will
have to pay for both parts and labor. In any event, if there are charges
for the repair, you will pay for the return freight. All charges will be COD
unless you have made other arrangements (prepaid, Visa or Mastercard).
This limited warranty, with all terms, conditions and disclaimers set forth
herein, shall extend to the original purchaser and anyone who purchases
the product within the specified warranty period.
Symetrix does not authorize any third party, including any dealer or
sales representative, to assume any liability or make any additional
warranties or representation regarding this product information on behalf
of Symetrix.
Out-of-warranty Repairs
This limited warranty gives the buyer certain rights. You may have
additional rights provided by applicable law.
If the warranty period has passed, you’ll be billed for all necessary parts,
labor, packaging materials, and freight charges. Please remember, you
must call for an RA number before sending the unit to Symetrix.
Note: Some Symetrix products contain embedded software and may
also be accompanied by control software intended to be run on a
personal computer. Said software is specifically excluded from
this warranty.
Limitation of Liability
The total liability of Symetrix on any claim, whether in contract, tort
(including negligence) or otherwise arising out of, connected with, or
resulting from the manufacture, sale, delivery, resale, repair, replacement
or use of any product will not exceed the price allocatable to the
product or any part thereof which gives rise to the claim. In no event will
Symetrix be liable for any incidental or consequential damages including
but not limited to damage for loss of revenue, cost of capital, claims of
customers for service interruptions or failure to supply, and costs and
expenses incurred in connection with labor, overhead, transportation,
installation or removal of products, substitute facilities or supply houses.
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