Pocatello, ID (July 26, 2006)–The Theatre and Dance Department of Idaho State University recently moved into the new 110,000-square-foot L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. The $34M building is equipped with three performance venues: the 250-capacity James E. and Beverly Rogers Black Box Theatre, 450-seat thrust-style Beverly B. Bistline Theatre, and 1,126-seat Joseph C. and Cheryl Jensen Grand Concert Hall, the last of which sports a Soundcraft Series FIVE mixing console specified by consulting firm McKay Conant Brook, Inc.
The Soundcraft Five console at ISU’s Stephens CenterInstalled by Salt Lake City-based systems integrator General Communications, the 32-mono-/4-stereo-channel console typically resides in what is referred to by Stephens Center engineers as the ‘perch’, a raised mix position located at the center rear of the main floor seating area. Depending on the event, however, the desk can also either be moved back into an enclosed control room located just behind the perch or deployed halfway down the room in more of a traditional touring concert sound position.
Since going in, Jensen Hall’s Series FIVE has already been used to mix an incredibly diverse calendar of shows, including Moscow’s Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Boys Choir and China’s Golden Dragon Acrobats as well as musical artists like John Pizzarelli, Blessid Union Of Souls and Better Than Ezra. “The console has been performed very well. Most engineers have been very familiar with it and their comments have been overwhelmingly positive,” said Stephens Center event technical coordinator Bill Stanton.