Supplied by DiGiCo’s Dutch distributor TM Audio, two SD9s and three SD11s along with associated D-Racks were chosen to fulfil Theaters Tilburg’s requirements.

“As we needed to replace all our analogue consoles, we started to prepare for purchasing new mixing consoles last season,” says Theaters Tilburg’s Pernel van Herpt.

“With our focus on the future, we decided to make the swap to go fully digital in all our rooms,’ he adds. “Looking at our future programming and bookings, which were heading more towards music shows, and the fact that we have to work with our in-house crew more and more, we felt the need for digital systems with a quick and flexible workflow.

“All the D-Racks are fitted with AES/EBU output cards to guarantee a 100 per cent digital signal flow, starting with the 24bit/96kHz AD converters behind the pre-amps in the rack, and ending in the power amplifiers behind the DA converters,” offers TM’s Jaap Pronk. “All setups can be used individually or in combinations with rack sharing when using the DiGiCo Little Red boxes, which we also supplied, and benefit from DiGiCo’s unique Gain Tracking system.

“A DiGiCo UB Madi USB2 audio interface was chosen for virtual sound check and multitrack recordings, which became a very welcome tool during the first days of in-house training,” he remembers.

This took place during the summer break, when a large dressing room became a DiGiCo training centre, with TM Audio hosting the sessions.

Following this, the more experienced engineers connected a number of multitracks to the console setups, helping the inexperienced engineers to gain a better working knowledge of the systems.

“Following the training sessions, we integrated the DiGiCo consoles in the theatre’s home network, both wired and wireless,” adds Jaap. “We also supplied laptops with touchscreens that all had pre-installed offline software, which has many advantages.

“For example, during a musical rehearsal the director can use a laptop that is synced with the console to implement all the technical notes from the script into the automation of the mixer, while the sound engineer does his audio run through. This means there are no more A4 sheets, which always get lost, or questions like ‘where are we?’ as during the show the engineer sees his technical script on screen.

“Another welcome function for a theatre combination such as this is the ‘template’ function, which has ‘write protected’ sessions that can be stored for individual rooms or production types,” he concludes.

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