Nion n3s help Royal Opera House Muscat
OMAN: Five Peavey MediaMatrix Nion n3s have been put to use during the successful first season at Muscat’s Royal Opera House. The system was deployed by local integrator Mustafa Sultan Enterprises.
‘The system needed to be absolutely discreet for the user, so we put two Nions in to deal with show relay, feeding audio to the dressing room speakers and back of house, plus taking audio and putting it back out for recording,’ explained Richard Northwood from COMS, a Mustapha Sultan partner. ‘Another three Nions route all the various production audio feeds round to the various speakers and processors in the theatre. It’s an integral part of the audio system, but entirely invisible, of course.’
The Nions send signals to all 70 of the auditorium’s Meyer Sound loudspeakers, using the fixed presets.
‘Because the venue is meant for live sound, you tend to shy away from automation really, so the Nion’s fixed presets do just what I want them to,’ said Mr Northwood. ‘They are operated from a touch panel, then everything else is done live on the mixer. In a theatre environment, everything has to patch around and change because you don’t know what show’s coming in next; that’s why the Nions are such an important element of the installation.’