Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage, UK has been fitted with a new d&b audiotechnik auditorium system consisting of T-Series loudspeakers, B4 Subs and E6 front fills. The system also features Yamaha CL5 and QL5 consoles with Rio stage racks and Nemesis Audio UMT-2D USB MIDI Trigger show control hardware.
The Gordon Craig’s new system, supplied by Orbital Sound, is configured with a hang of six d&b audiotechnik T-10s per side, a further four T-10s in a centre cluster, six E6 speakers as front fills, plus four B4 Subs, with the system powered by d&b audiotechnik’s 10D and 30D installation amps.
Dave Nott (pictured), chief technician at the Gordon Craig Theatre, explained: “We needed to upgrade, as much of our previous system was over 10 years old, with many components around twice that age. Over the last five years or so, we have been hiring in a system from Orbital Sound a few times per year once for our 10-week 100-show panto season, and then at least twice throughout the rest of the year for our in-house productions. We concluded that it was more economically viable all round to replace our permanent system with equipment that would address all our long-term requirements to ensure we had a system that would give us another 15 to 20 years’ service, while also saving the annual hire costs.
“Orbital Sound fully understood our need to maximise the available budget and worked hard to provide us with an exceptionally competitive solution, which included supplying us from their ex-hire stock, saving us a considerable amount.
“We elected to go with d&b audiotechnik again, as the T-Series system has been proven excellent in our venue, but also because our previous d&b system had given us such good service. In fact, we have retained some of the older units to give us a portable foyer and small event system. The configuration of the new kit, particularly for our in-house shows and the pantos, is giving us the complete Left-Right system that we haven’t had the benefit of before, with Left, Left-Centre, Centre, Right-Centre and Right, plus Left and Right subs. On the interfacing front, we love our CSC show control system and the Nemesis UMT-2D USB MIDI Trigger is its perfect partner.”
The Yamaha CL5 console is used for front of house, with the QL5 normally deployed for band monitoring, with two Yamaha Rio 32-24 stage racks, operating via a Dante network. One Rio unit is located stage left and one in the orchestra pit. With an emphasis on longevity and flexible connectivity, the venue installed Cat5e infrastructure throughout, along with the Dante network capability, and remote control of the d&b install amps via the Cat5e patching.
The Gordon Craig technical team handled the installation in-house, with the process starting in early August. The first show to use the newly installed system was the theatre’s in-house production of Sister Act, which ran for some ten days during the second half of August.