Amarillo, TX (August 7, 2006)–The Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Amarillo, Texas, opened its doors earlier this year with a Soundcraft Series Five console in charge of house and monitor mixing duties for its 1,300-seat performance hall. Installed by systems integrator Electro Acoustics and Video, Inc. of Fort Worth, the console features 32 mono and four stereo channel strips short-loaded into a 48-channel frame in the event that the facility should wish to expand its channel count at a later date.
“With our mission of providing the best possible acoustics and sound reinforcement, the Series Five was really the ideal choice for this facility,” said Jim Elliott, production manager for both the Globe-News Center and Amarillo Civic Center, the city’s preexisting sister venue located just across the street. “The sonics of this desk truly go hand-in-hand with the beautiful acoustics of this venue, and everyone that has used it so far has given it nothing but rave reviews.”
The 70,000-square-foot Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, built entirely by private donations totaling more than $30M, is 10 stories tall at its highest point with a sweeping roofline that reflects Palo Duro Canyon, including the texture and colors of the canyon’s popularly-named ‘Spanish Skirts’. Aside from its striking architectural design, the venue also features one of the nation’s first retractable orchestra shells, which, attached to a 50-ton traveling bridge, wheels offstage within minutes allowing theater, opera, symphony and ballet performances to easily share show dates with jazz, bluegrass, gospel and country-and-western artists.