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Moscow Conservatory’s Great Hall upgrades with Studer Vista 9 and Soundcraft Vi Digital consoles

Moscow Conservatory's Great Hall has been upgraded with a Soundcraft Vi1 digital console and a Studer Vista 9 digital console, ensuring its historic acoustic mastery is maintained.

The Moscow Conservatory, founded in 1866, is renowned for its institutions of musical education, remarkable acoustics and elegant architecture, and with a seating capacity of 1,737, The Great Hall division plays host to the world’s finest orchestras, ensembles and soloists, as well as holding international festivals and competitions. As part of a restoration program, the Great Hall has undergone the installation of a Studer Vista 9 digital console for recording, post-production and broadcast, in addition to a Soundcraft Vi1 digital console for multipurpose use, including front of house when required. “Before we chose the Vista 9, we also looked into some other widely known digital and analog consoles. And as a result we found that Vista 9 is the best option. It is very important for our work to have high-quality microphone inputs with great Studer transformers,” said Alexey Pogarsky, sound engineer, Studio of Moscow Conservatory. “The analog split out for each input, just in the mic preamp alone, is a very useful thing too as we are going to work with DSD and high sample rates. The working process with the famous Vistonics interface is very similar to an analog mixer. The Vistonics interface and high sound quality were the most important reasons for choosing the Soundcraft Vi1. Now we will have a unified working interface and great sound quality for multipurpose use.” The Moscow Conservatory purchased the 42-fader Vista 9 console to be utilised for recording, post-production and direct transmissions, supplementing Vistonics interface with radical and innovative TFT-Based matering, FaderGlow and a number of other innovations. Precision feedback on signal status is achieved through new metering, displaying mono – through to 7.1 – signals in the upper section of the screen, with the lower section showing bus assignment or, for surround channels, an image of the surround composite. The display of the surround signal is clear and easily understandable and there is an innovative History mode where each channel’s recent behavior can be displayed for up to 30 seconds. “We are honored that the Moscow Conservatory has chosen Studer and Soundcraft consoles as key components of the Great Hall’s restoration,” said Jarle Felin, Studer Sales Director. ”The decision was based on a rigorous specification and evaluation process that lasted for a substantial time, so we are especially gratified that the Vista 9 and Vi1 were determined to be the best consoles for their requirements.”