Canadian Theater Installs InnovaSon Console

Dec 1, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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The Centre in the Square (Kitchener, Ontario) has installed an InnovaSon Sy80 digital live mixing console in its Raffi Armenian Theatre. The first of its type to be installed in Canada, the Sy80 console will be used to mix a wide variety of performances.

The console was selected to replace a vintage analog console at the theater for a combination of reasons, as chief engineer Bob Luffman explained: "The space occupied by the console is in the midst of the seating, which is at a premium. The Sy80 has a much smaller footprint and for many events has freed up a number of seats for paying customers. The physical compactness is also important, as I need access to console functions without a lot of physical movement that might distract patrons around me. We regularly put on shows with a rock band backed by an orchestra and need the full 80 inputs. The auditorium's sound system is designed for zone coverage, which requires a console with a large matrix output capability. Also, the versatility of the console is important to us because we do so many different forms of entertainment.

"The learning curve was very quick and the digital console can do so many more things than an analog console," he continued. "'Expanded Faders' is a fantastic design implementation. For large shows, the whole mic layout is within my immediate reach. Things like 'Copy/Paste1 'OverRAM' and working offline are other great features that save a lot of time. A lot of the local shows we do have the same basic setups from year to year, so the time saved in being able to recall shows is invaluable. By setting up templates to cover many different situations, it is very quick and easy to organize an event."

The Sy80 was installed by Sennheiser Canada, which already sold more than 20 InnovaSon digital consoles in the country. "We are very excited about the prospects for the Sy80," reported Marc Vincent, VP sales and marketing for Sennheiser Canada. "Four years' worth of market feedback has been incorporated into the new console, but what's so great is that the Sy80 retains the simplicity and ease of use of the earlier consoles despite the increased feature set. We are at the dawn of the digital console revolution in live sound but things are really starting to accelerate now and the Sy80 is set to do extremely well."

The theater/auditorium is home to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, whose 52-member orchestra presents 70 concerts each season. All 2,047 seats enjoy clear unobstructed views of the stage and the acoustics can be adjusted according to the type of production being staged. The theater is designed to handle Wagner's Ring Cycle (140-piece orchestra plus chorus) and a variety of other events from rock to Broadway shows to one-man stand-up shows. Recent shows include a Saturday Night Fever musical, David Copperfield's magic act and an evening with Eric Idle of Monty Python.

For more information, visit InnovaSon's distributor, Sennheiser, at

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