Kitchener, Ontario (February 2, 2004)–The Centre in the Square in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada has installed an Innova-Son Sy80 digital live mixing console in its prestigious Raffi Armenian Theatre, one of North America’s most expansive, acoustically superior halls. The first of its type to be installed in Canada, the Sy80 console will be used to mix a wide variety of performances.
The Sy80 console was selected to replace a vintage analog console for a combination of reasons, according to chief engineer Bob Luffman. “The space occupied by the console is in the midst of the seating, which is at a premium,” said Luffman. “The Sy80 has a much smaller footprint and for many events, it has freed up a number of seats for paying customers. The physical compactness is also important, as I need access to console functions without a lot of physical movement that might distract patrons around me. We regularly put on shows with a rock band backed by an orchestra and need the full 80 inputs. The auditorium’s sound system is designed for zone coverage, which requires a console with a large matrix output capability. Also the versatility of the console is important to us because we do so many different forms of entertainment.”
The theatre/auditorium is home to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony whose 52-member orchestra presents 70 concerts each season. All 2,047 seats enjoy clear unobstructed views of the stage and the acoustics can be adjusted according to the type of production being staged. The theatre is designed to be able to handle Wagner’s Ring Cycle (140-piece orchestra plus chorus) as well as a variety of other events from rock to Broadway shows to one-man stand-up shows.
The Sy80 was the first to be supplied and installed by Sennheiser Canada, who have already sold more than twenty Innova-Son digital consoles in the country.