When it came time to specify a processing solution for Johannesburg’s latest nightclub venue, Tadco didn’t hesitate in reaching for Symetrix’s Jupiter DSP. “It’s reliable, easily deployable, and we’ve used it on so many projects lately. It’s a highly dependable tool in our armoury,’ remarks technical manager Perry Elias.

A product of the ongoing rejuvenation of South Africa’s largest city by population, the Elevate nightclub is situated on top of the prestigious Reef Hotel. Although a fairly compact venue with a maximum capacity of approximately 400, Elevate required a processor able to deliver live DJ sets to five zones, including an external terrace area. It also needed to accommodate background music for occasional corporate events and product launches.

Tadco was contracted to work on the project and set about devising a suitably flexible design. At least one element fell into place right away: an all-encompassing feature-set meant that no other solution was considered before specification of the Symetrix Jupiter fixed-architecture standalone DSP, which was supplied via the manufacturer’s local distributor iLED.

“Nothing on offer today comes close to the power of the Symetrix DSP block,’ insists Josh Oates, marketing manager of Tadco, who praises the Jupiter’s “world class reliability, highly intuitive interface and broadcast quality pre-amps.’

The DSP’s “true plug and play’ nature allowed the Tadco team to focus on “creating great sound within the venue’ – a task that also led to the specification of a 16-box loudspeaker system featuring NEXO PS8s and LS500 subwoofers on the dancefloor, and Quest MS601s in other areas. Amplification comes from Quest QA3004s.

“The great thing about this system – and the Symetrix element in particular – is that it allows for future expansion as the needs of the venue change,’ concludes Elias. “Processing doesn’t need to be rocket science, and Jupiter allows you to get great results straight out of the box.’