Actors’ Playhouse Upgrades With Allen & Heath

Nov 18, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors

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Located at the Miracle Theatre in South Florida, the Actors’ Playhouse has installed a 48-input Allen & Heath ML5000 27-bus live sound VCA console in its 600-seat main stage auditorium.

Head audio engineer Alexander Herrin (pictured), who has been with the theater for a year-and-a-half, said, “This summer, we decided to upgrade our sound system. We were replacing a three- or four-year-old console that had just fallen to pieces. They asked me what I thought we should get. I'd worked with the GL4000 in the past and told them that I really like Allen & Heath. Phil Mester from StageTech, who installed the system, brought us a console to try out, a 32-channel ML5000."

The new audio system is installed and ready for the opening of the new season, which will start in October with the rock ’n’ roll musical Return to the Forbidden Planet. "That will be a lot of fun, with a new sound system and a new console to run it on. It's sounding fantastic," Herrin said. "The whole system is just a huge upgrade."

For more information on the venue, visit www.actorsplayhouse.org.

In other Allen & Heath news, for a recent corporate event staged by Walgreens (pictured) in Las Vegas at Paris, Bally's and Caesar's Palace, Show Department (Chicago), an international supplier of complete show staging, virtually exhausted its inventory of Allen & Heath consoles.

"I had 14 Allen & Heath consoles on that show," recalls Larry Whitlow, director of staging technology at Show Department. "I flew both ML3000s back from Amsterdam [where Show Department also has an office]. We had the consoles in room sizes of 100 guests to 700 or 800. The only room bigger was the main tent.

"It's the right size and it gives us what we need in a decent-sized corporate show," Whitlow continued. “Plus, even though it's small, it has enough groups and matrix outputs that we can drive the front of house, delays and the record feeds all from one board without having to resort to distribution amps. The ML3000 gives the audio guy some flexibility, because he can sit at the desk and drive it without having to go to outboard equipment. They have a dedicated rack that goes with them that has some EQs for inserts and they can do everything else from the console surface."

For more, visit Allen & Heath online at www.allen-heath.com. For more information on Show Department, visit www.theshowdept.com.






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