Processing and Control for Professional AV Installations

Knowledge Base

Tour of Composer Software for Site File Creation

The videos on this page are part of the Symetrix training program of the same name. If you have already completed your Composer certification, you can utilize these videos to catch up on the latest products and techniques. If you have not yet earned your certificate, please access this content through our online training center.

The learning objectives for this chapter are:

  • Describe the benefits of open architecture AV processing and how it relates to the Composer Series of DSPs.
  • Explain what a Composer Site File is and what it is used for.
  • Utilize the menus and commands in Composer to design a simple site file.
  • Apply Super Module bundling to create cleaner designs.
  • List the three stages of audio management and the types of processing that typically occur in each.
  • Learn to locate a unit in a Site File and understand its status.
  • Recognize the difference between pushing and pulling Site Files. 

This chapter covers building basic Site Files as well as the layout and basic functions of Composer. 

A Composer Site File is a proprietary binary file, with the file name extension *.symx, used for storing DSP module and routing design data and metadata. Composer is the Windows® open-architecture application used to program Radius NX, Prism, and Edge DSPs, Symetrix Dante Analog Input/Output Expanders, and select third party Dante endpoints. Composer is open architecture, meaning that choices of audio signal routings, DSP modules, and control signal processing are at the sole discretion of the programmer. This allows each system installed to perfectly match the requirements, as well as adapt and expand as the system evolves or functional needs change.