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Adding and Configuring a Paging Zone

A paging zone serves as a destination for paging input. There are three ways to include a paging zone in your HAL audio system: add a Zone Processor block, a Room Combine Processor block, an Emergency Paging Zone block, or a standalone Paging Zone block.

How do you determine which approach to use? If you plan to use Zone Processors to define your system's audio zones, you will obviously use the Paging Zone blocks that are automatically included in the Zone Processor blocks. If, however, you have a paging need in an area that doesn't need Zone Processor functionality (for example, it doesn't need input from the Distributed Program Bus and it doesn't need multiple prioritized inputs), you may want to use a standalone Paging Zone block. For additional clarification, you can review an example illustrating these different situations.

The following procedures explain both methods of adding a Paging Zone to your system. Regardless of how you add the Paging Zone, the block itself and the process for configuring it (which is detailed in the last procedure below) are identical.

note: A Paging Zone block has several configurable parameters with default values that are appropriate for most systems, so configuring these parameters may not be necessary. The parameters and their default values are as follows: Ducker Depth (12 dB), Ramp Back (3.0 seconds), Page Gain (0 dB). You can also link the Page Gain parameter to a remote volume control device such as a DR1.

To add a Paging Zone to your system via a Zone Processor
To add a standalone Paging Zone to your system
To configure a Paging Zone

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