imgRastatt, Germany (June 21, 2013)—The Odeon Theater in Tremblay-en-France recently purchased an Innovason Eclipse GGT digital console. This purchase was also the first sale and installation handled by Sennheiser France since the company took over distribution of Innovason products in 2012.

The Odeon theatre in Tremblay is part of a municipal cultural center that also houses an academy of arts offering courses in music and dance. There are two performance venues within the Odeon; the main theatre which offers a wide variety of musical production, from classical concerts to jazz, blues, contemporary music and “la chanson francaise”, and a smaller stage dedicated to auditions for the arts academy.

Head of Sound at the Odeon, Sylvian Fievet, had already decided that the new console would be an Eclipse, having participated in the choice of an Eclipse for the Cité des Sciences science museum in Paris four years ago.

“Apart from the sound quality, what I like best about the Eclipse is its configurability,” said Fievet. “The ability to set up the console exactly the way you want according to the specific requirements of the show and/or the engineer is a huge advantage. You can determine the number of inputs, auxes, groups, VCAs, matrices etc., and then decide which faders or Smartpanel knobs you want to assign to those functions. Once it’s all set up, the console is then incredibly quick and easy to operate. In fact, to make it easier for visiting engineers, Axel [Brisard] from Sennheiser France and I created and saved a basic configuration so that any engineer, whether he is familiar with the console or not, has access to all of his sources, destinations and key functions directly from the control surface.”

In terms of functionality, Fievet made particular mention of the SmartPanel and EQ pots that are adjustable in increments of 1 dB. “It feels almost like an analogue console,” he observed.

“I also like the simple yet powerful routing functions as well as the EDIT function on the stereo faders in the SmartPanel enabling you to configure L/R parameters separately which is extremely well thought-out,” he went on. “Finally, the ability to control Neumann digital microphones directly from the Eclipse control surface is another huge plus. Even though I don’t yet have a Neumann DMI-8 interface, it’s clear that we will be investing in one in the near future.”