New York, NY (March 8, 2016)—Star Trek has always been imbued with iconic aspects, from its opening monologue to the USS Enterprise to Mr. Spock’s ears and Vulcan salute. One of the most crucial factors, however, is the franchise’s often sweeping music, which has a unified feel even after 50 years of interstellar voyages and countless composers. Now that music is the focus of Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage, a touring production complete with 33-piece live symphony orchestra that will hit more than 100 cities across North America over the coming year.
Produced by CineConcerts, the tour is playing 1,500-8,500 seat venues with the Czech National Symphony, conducted by American composer Justin Freer, playing beneath a 40-foot-wide projection screen screening key moments in High Definition from the last 50 years of Star Trek. Tackling audio, video and lighting for the production is Specialized Audio Visual, Inc. (SAVI) of Clifton Park, NY.
The audio system is centered around a Yamaha CL5 digital audio console for the front of house mix, along with two Rio1608-D and one Rio3028-D input/output boxes. One of the Yamaha Rios is used for video playback to take track inputs, while two more Rios are on the stage for the live stage inputs. Auvitran Audio Toolbox units are located in the amplifier racks to provide Dante to AES outputs for the amplifier inputs.
“The flexibility of the Dante network combined with the perfect number of inputs, DCAs and matrix outputs, makes the Yamaha CL5 the right console for what we need on this tour,” said David Hoffis, front of house engineer. “We typically have 6-8 zones of speakers, and the CL StageMix is perfect for balancing levels throughout the various styles of venues we are booked in. Most importantly, sonic quality and features built into this compact console cannot be beat at this price point.”
Elsewhere in the production, SAVI is providing video and lighting requirements, including a pair of Christie Roadster HD20K-J projectors, Chroma Q ColorForce 72 LED Fixtures, Martin Mac Viper Profiles, and a GrandMA2 Light for lighting control.
Yamaha Corporation of America