Vinyl Music Hall | From Rubble to Big Leagues

Jan 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By Sarah Benzuly


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Vinyl Music Hall in 
Pensacola, Fla., has a DiGiCo SD8-36 console at FOH.

Vinyl Music Hall in Pensacola, Fla., has a DiGiCo SD8-36 console at FOH.

In just a few months, the new Vinyl Music Hall venue (Pensacola, Fla.) emerged in a spot that was formerly occupied by a gutted three-story Masonic temple. At the heart of the club are dual DiGiCo SD8s: an SD8-36 at front of house and an SD8-24 at monitors; a d&b audiotechnik Q1 P.A. system; and Meyer Sound USM-1P wedges, all supplied by Pensacola-based All Pro Sound.

The DiGiCos’ 40-bit floating-point processor lets the venue deliver high-quality sound live to a 525-capacity room, as well as providing the ability to stream archived multitrack performance recordings over the Web. For production manager and system designer Brian “Disco” Oden, the DiGiCos are his first foray into the digital world. “There were a lot of things I really worried about when thinking about digital consoles: software, night-to-night reliability, sonic quality,” he says. “But when we were showed all the capabilities, I put all that to rest. The SD8 has truly made this a multifunctional facility. Given the flexibility of the console, we can push out audio in so many different ways.

“It offers the capability, with two wires, to capture live audio and stream it back through the channels of the console you’re recording from. The band can be onstage doing soundcheck, and with the push of a button, the audio is instantly transferred back, channel to channel from my computer, through the console so the band can review it. It gives engineers the ability to listen to the individual instrumentation and do their final tweaking, without the band, and saves an enormous amount of time for everyone. At the end of the night, I can hand over a complete multitrack or 2-track recording on a Blu-ray DVD to any band or artist.

“We’re looking ahead, and have the capability and technology in place to be able to broadcast live or prerecorded materials via streaming Dolby 5.1 digital audio with high-def video in the near future.”

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