Glasgow, Scotland (July 25, 2006)–A Studer Vista 8 digital audio console has been chosen for the new recording studio at the recently refurbished Glasgow City Halls. Performances given by the venue’s principal resident, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, in the Grand Hall will all be recorded in the new studio for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Radio Scotland.
“Vista 8 technology confers significant practical benefits as well as outstanding audio quality,” explained Studer UK sales director Andrew Hills. “Using the new fiber optic infrastructure, in conjunction with Studer’s portable stageboxes, the City Halls team will make noticeable savings on setup time as they move from venue to venue within the complex.”
Glasgow City Halls houses the Grand Hall, Old Fruitmarket and Recital Room. Now merged into one complex, these adjacent Victorian venues, dating from 1841, are the oldest purpose-built performance spaces in the city. The largest of the three, the 1066-seat Grand Hall, is a lavishly decorated, traditional ‘shoebox’ auditorium with raked seating and balcony. The auditorium is renowned throughout the world as having some of the finest acoustics for orchestral works.
Designed by Arup Acoustics to AES/EBU 5.1 spec, the control room is a room-within-a-room with a ‘spare, bare aesthetic.’ The configuration of the 32-fader Studer Vista 8 includes 120 analog and digital line level inputs plus 56 mic inputs, as well as a MADI multitrack interface for the SADiE recording system used by the BBC. The console has been customized slightly to include a tailored middle section housing peak program meters and providing extra space for music scores.
The Vista 8 looks deceptively compact in this spacious environment, where equipment visibility is limited to B&W monitoring, the SADiE recording system and Stax electrostatic headphones. There are two Studer stageboxes located in the Grand Hall–one built-in for the microphones suspended above the stage, and another for the stage-mounted mics.