Sydney Theatre adds a third DiGiCo console
AUSTRALIA: Sydney Theatre Company's new Bar at the End of the Wharf has recently invested in a DiGiCo SD9 digital console that can also be used at the theatre’s nearby Wharf 2 venue.
The new 500-capacity bar will be hosting opening nights, season launches, media calls and monthly live gigs. STC’s head of sound Ben Lightowlers had prior experience of DiGiCo from the two SD8 consoles at Sydney Theatre. With the SD9 and SD8 featuring the same audio processing as well as software, users can move back and forth between venues with confidence.
‘When the console first arrived, the bar was still under construction,’ said Mr Lightowlers. ‘I took the SD9 with me for our touring production Bloodland, which was travelling to Adelaide Festival Centre and QPAC in Brisbane, so I could see how it stood up on the road. Putting the SD9 up for use in theatre mode really gave me the chance to embrace its full capabilities. It seems to be common practice that you'll end up using all the available outputs, so it is handy to be able to tailor the number of busses and auxiliaries when setting up the board. Having the SD9 set up in this room also offers my crew more opportunity to train up on the DiGiCo console.’
Most of the visiting engineers to the bar’s monthly live nights, the Wharf Sessions, are familiar with DiGiCo. ‘I am seeing more live venues embracing DiGiCo and engineers requesting the consoles on their band riders,’ said Mr Lightowlers.
‘The SD9 has already been used with great results since it arrived. I'm stoked with what you get out of the board when looking at how small a footprint it takes up. Its great having the ability to insert as many as 16 graphic EQs anywhere you want. Comments about the great sounding onboard reverbs when you set it up in their venue are always reassuring too.
‘I feel that DiGiCo has really made a stamp on the industry by rolling out a full complement of consoles to cater to any size venue,’ he enthused. ‘The fact they all use the same architecture and can be scaled or transferred across to any of the SD range, in my opinion, puts them in the lead.’