The Star finds success with DiGiCo
AUSTRALIA: Group Technologies recently supplied Sydney’s The Star with SD10 and SD11 consoles from DiGiCo for its 2,400 sq-m Event Centre. Nearing the end of a billion dollar transformation, The Star has morphed from a large-scale casino into a leisure and entertainment complex that can accommodate concerts, domestic and international conferences, exhibitions and awards functions. The room caters for 4,000 patrons in concert mode, 3,000 guests with half seating, 1,200 in a banquet ballroom setting and 1,300 in a conference space set up.
‘This was the first major purchase of audio equipment since the initial fit out of the casino,’ said head of audio at the Event Centre, Ian Brown. ‘From the beginning of this project we set a very high standard for all systems to be installed into the Event Centre, with special emphasis on the audio system. We had a huge list of special requirements the system had to meet. Number one, it had to deliver the best sound available today and be able to mix up to four independent events on one core system while integrating with our HD vision, conferencing systems and broadcast trucks as well as be able to link to the existing audio system within the casino. Ultimately, my brief was simple: it has to be the best in the world. Nothing else would do,’ he stated.
The Event Centre required a system that could easily switch from doing a concert for major International artists to a conference with the main room operating as two spaces, then go back to a broadcast with Madi consoles from the truck linked to the system. It also had to be a system that any sound engineer would be happy to use, and one that would be reliable. ‘The SD series consoles were the only systems that could meet all of the scenarios we could throw at them, and they have exceeded all of our expectations,’ he said.
‘We've had the consoles working hard since we opened,’ he continued. ‘They have been used on the AACTA awards, the launch of the 2013 NRL season, a constant string of corporate events including product launches for Blackberry, HP, and Gala events with artists such as David Campbell, Dragon, Mark Seymour and a stream of major Chinese artists over Chinese New Year. The ability to put a console anywhere in or out of the venue and have it link to the rest of the system with a simple optical patch is a godsend. Many events require some unusual operating locations and complex routing is the norm here. Optics makes this a breeze, also saving us a lot of cable and head scratching.’
‘Hum and unwanted noise are a thing of the past,’ he furthered. ‘We are able to mix vision on one SD11 in the control room while sub mixing additional vision and playback from the main operating position on the other SD11 while mixing a band and additional mics on the SD10s. We can then bounce a mix to one of the SD11s for a live conference link then bounce a total mix out for broadcast or streaming from any of the consoles. The possibilities are endless,’ he enthused.
‘Everyone at the Star is blown away by the SDs,’ added Mr Brown. ‘There is no difference is sound quality between the SD10 and the SD11, and this is unheard of in any of the other mixers I have used when you go from a large to small format consoles from the same manufacturer. The learning curve is very shallow for such a powerful system, and they are a pure joy to use.