Audio provider Coral Canopy looked after San Diego's annual Opera NEO Summer Opera Festival this year.

San Diego, CA (August 20, 2018)—San Francisco-based Coral Canopy recently provided sound design and audio production services for the Opera NEO Summer Opera Festival in San Diego, which included performances of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow and Mozart’s Idomeneo. Alan Chang, principal of Coral Canopy, oversaw an Allen & Heath SQ-5 digital mixer at front of house nightly.

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Chang used the desk to mix FOH and manage stage and orchestra monitor levels for the run of the summer festival. “Even on the smallest SQ with only 17 faders, I was able to design the console layout just how I needed it and I could navigate quickly and confidently—riding faders to make adjustments on the fly,” noted Chang.

Wireless vocal mics, stage boundary mics and orchestra overhead microphones were patched to an Allen & Heath AR2412 AudioRack near the stage, which also provided monitor outputs to the orchestra and small side-fill speakers on the stage. Audio was passed from the stage AudioRack to the SQ-5 at FOH via Allen & Heath’s dSnake protocol over a Cat 5 cable.

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Chang mixed FOH and managed stage and orchestra monitor levels for the run of the summer festival all from the SQ-5. “Even on the smallest SQ with only 17 faders, I was able to design the console layout just how I needed it and I could navigate quickly and confidently—riding faders to make adjustments on the fly,” noted Chang.

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