Cairellie buys a DiGiCo double
AUSTRALIA: Sydney-based production company Cairellie has purchased two DiGiCo consoles in the shape of an SD7 and an SD8. The desks, supplied by the manufacturer’s Australian distributor Group Technologies, have been described by the company’s founder Stephen Knight as helping to ‘hold Cairellie at the forefront of live audio – not necessarily in size but in quality and resources’.
Mr Knight originally formed Cairellie as a small company providing sound and staging services for modest corporate functions, but a reported two years of rapid growth have seen the company broaden its offering to the market, taking in everything from corporate A/V to large scale tours. Its stock now includes a wide selection of audio, video, lighting and staging technologies.
‘We hold a range of large scale audio consoles,’ explained Mr Knight. ‘The addition of the SD7 and the SD8 were to not only give us scope but also to give us an advantage.’ He added however that the key reason behind the purchase was ‘definitely the sound. Sure it's easy to use and so forth but when you consider that as an audio company we run AES everywhere, it is very clean. You can really hear everything.’
Alongside the desks Cairellie purchased three SD Racks and Waves SoundGrid. ‘We use both Madi and optical outs, dependant on the situation,’ Mr Knight continued. ‘It is handy on the bigger orchestra gigs to just drop the SD racks around on the floor and patch at the console. The main reason for the racks is the SD7 has an input capability that is comparable to no other console at the moment. It beats them all hands down and we need that capacity for some of the special event work we do.’
The addition of Waves SoundGrid, meanwhile, is reportedly proving useful for meeting touring riders. ‘When we purchased the console it was an option that not many people have specified, however it has been a real asset from marketing perspective as the waves technology appears on some rather serious riders,’ said Mr Knight. ‘It's nice to have the bells and whistles that go alongside a great asset.’