DiGiCo SD9 installed at Trinity Theatre11 May 2012
Lighting equipment and live event production suppliers Stage Electrics has chosen a DiGiCo SD9 console to control an all-new audio system, designed for both live performance and digital cinema, at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells, UK.
Built in the mid 19th century, the Holy Trinity was Tunbridge Wells’ first parish church. After its final religious service in 1972 its Grade one listed status ensured safety from demolition. Several years later, after a £50,000 injection, it reopened as The Trinity Theatre arts centre complete with a raked-seating auditorium: growing popularity soon saw an art gallery, licenced bar and computerised box office added.
Recently the venue upgraded its sound system to become the first digital cinema to employ the unique K-Array system. Supplied and installed by Stage Electrics, the system, powered by bespoke K-Array Class D high power density amplifiers with integral DSP, is controlled directly from a DiGiCo SD9 console.
“The brief was for a multipurpose theatre system, one that would work for all the types of the events that go on here,” explains Business Development Manager for audio James Gosney. “Like jazz evenings, musical theatre, straight plays, opera, local amateur dramatic groups, pretty much everything – and on top of that, 7.1 digital cinema, with its specific Dolby processing requirements.”
The Stage Electrics commissioning team set up the DiGiCo’s system alignment and output processing with presets for cinema, musical theatre, straight plays, jazz and other types of events.
“We had shown our demo SD9 to [Trinity Theatre head technician] Simon Diaper who loved it, partly because it’s so easy to use and so logically set out, but particularly because of the sound quality, which is noiseless really. It’s beautiful,” concludes Gosney. “And that’s the system: a DiGiCo going into the K-Array amps into the K-Array speakers, and it’s that simple. I’m all for keeping sound systems as simple as possible. Keep the signal path as clean as you can and don’t complicate it with too much nonsense in between.”