Alberta, Canada (June 4, 2010)–The University of Lethbridge has upgraded the audio system in its theater with a Yamaha M7CL-32 digital audio console and SB168-ES Stage Box.
Installation assistance was provided by Wavetech Sound & Lighting located in southern Alberta. The theater seats 500 and is a multi-use venue hosting lectures, road shows, theatrical performances for young audiences, concerts, operas and about four major productions by the Department of Theatre and Dramatic Arts.
“Our existing console was due for replacement and an upcoming production of Hair required more than the available 40 inputs,” states Kelly Roberts, head of sound for the Department of Theatre and Dramatic Arts. The University of Lethbridge instituted a mandate that, as an instructional theater, the sound operators be students, so the decision was made to install a digital console to simplify the operation during performances.
Roberts had researched consoles fairly extensively and kept coming back to the Yamaha M7CL. “I had designed and mixed several shows for the New West Theatre across town at the Yates Memorial Center and really enjoyed using its new 32-input M7CL,” says Roberts. “Previously, the theater had been using a pair of Yamaha O3Ds for years. However, the new console is light years ahead in sound, control and ease of use.”
A Yamaha SB 168-ES Stage Box is used to augment the existing distributed mic lines. Any setup requiring more than the six mic lines available on the proscenium wall boxes required running cables 40 feet upstage to the four mic jacks on the rear wall of the stage or to the six lines in the orchestra pit. The SB 168-ES bumps the total available mono inputs up to 48 on 32 faders. “For Hair,” Roberts continues, “we often used the console’s soft patch feature to swap channel inputs between the console and stage box inputs, which is very handy!” An MY8-AT 8-channel ADAT interface card is installed in the console for recording performances to Pro Tools and interfaces with a MOTU 896MkIII for running SFX-cueing software.
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