Over the years, a design concept has evolved for performing arts centers which includes true three-channel sound reinforcement from clusters located left, center, and right at a proscenium arch, with each cluster covering most or all of the audience seating area. Generating a viable three-channel mix for such a system using a currently available mixing console which is a standard product is problematic at best. This paper presents the functional design criteria for a new console which meets the mixing needs of such systems. The work is based on research with clients and other users, as well as the author's experience. A complete functional description of a console is presented, including functional diagrams, along with a thorough discussion of the rationale underlying all operational concepts.
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