DiGiCo Supplies SD5, SD7 Audio Consoles for Two Music Venues
Situated in the heart of Phnom Penh lies Cambodia’s Nagaworld complex. DiGiCo consoles have found themselves at the center of this huge operation, with two SD7s now a permanent fixture for the Naba Theatre contained within the complex. In addition, the Royal Albert Hall (RAH) hosts the BBC Proms, an eight weeks series of concerts that is a highlight of the British music’s summer season. Delta Live has had an association with the Proms for over 20 years, this year deploying DiGiCo consoles at all mix positions — an SD5 at Front of House, an SD7 at monitors, and an SD9 mixing the string section of the orchestra — with the SD5’s native L-ISA Desk Link interface helping the company to bring a completely new listening experience to the BBC Proms audiences.
DiGiCo SD7s Find New Home in One of Cambodia’s Biggest Theaters
Placed at both FOH and monitor positions and connected via Optocore, the SD7s have quickly become an integral part of the theatre’s set up.
“There are 56 channels of inputs at the stage area that cater for all the shows that the theatre is currently doing,” explains Nick Chua of Showtec Group, who supplied the consoles. “More inputs can be taken from the SD-Mini Rack, FOH desk, and the stage SD7 inputs if needed. Overall, the capacity and functionality of the whole system is fantastic and can cater to the large range of shows that the theatre may host.
“We have divided up the five output strips into 16 channels of outputs for FOH sends and 24 channels of outputs for stage monitors. This is more than adequate to cover any extra outputs needed at the stage end while also providing all the installed outputs for the audio system.”
“Ian Staddon at DiGiCo has been most helpful in providing advice to us prior to the install, telling us which components work best in a flexible theatre environment that caters to all different types of show and we’re very happy with our investment in the SD7.”
DiGiCo Native L-ISA Control Makes Proms A Walk in the Park for Delta
“This was the first time we had used L-Acoustics’ L-ISA Hyperreal Sound system,” says Delta account director Stephen Hughes, who has worked on every Proms season since 2004 and has an intimate knowledge of the Royal Albert Hall.“The RAH is an acoustically challenging venue and although we’ve had great success using traditional left / right systems, using L-ISA allowed us deliver something different and give the performances a real sense of space.”
Hughes states that working with L-ISA requires you to think more creatively. “It may seem like that adds to the workload slightly, but it brings huge benefits with it,” he says. “It makes it easier to get a clear mix without overpowering the room or deafening the audience.”
Hughes set up included an L-ISA controller at front of house, which interfaced with the SD5 via the aforementioned L-ISA Desk Link interface, enabling everything he did with the mixing console to flow through the L-ISA controller and output to the amps.
“It is a brilliant interface,” says Hughes. “L-ISA is very adaptable and, with 96 inputs, using an SD5 for a show like this means you don’t have to think too much about pairing to Groups. As far as I’m concerned, DiGiCo is the most flexible console on the market and our setup allowed us to connect the SD5 to the monitor SD7 and the SD9 that was doing a string sub mix via Optocore. That then interfaced with the rack the broadcast guys were using in the OB truck.”
“By using DiGiCo’s Snapshot function, we had the ability to localize the positions of the artists on the stage, which meant we didn’t actually have to look at the controller,” adds Delta system technician Art Sereika. “By using Snapshots, you know that everything is in the right place, which simplifies the process.”
“The whole system has been absolutely amazing,” concludes Hughes. “DiGiCo consoles are very flexible and are of the highest standard possible, which is vital for something as important as this. It all worked perfectly and delivered a truly exceptional listening experience.”