Meeting Topic: Theatre Sound
Moderator Name: Terry Nelson
Speaker Name: Richard Ferriday, Cadac Consoles; Dominique Brulhart, Merging Technologies
Meeting Location: Flash Sound, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland
The meeting was held in the depot of the production company, Flash Sound Sàrl, in Yverdon-les-Bains and thanks are in order for the sponsorship of the premises.
The subject was Theatre Sound and Show Control and this was the first time that the Swiss AES has dedicated a meeting to this important
Richard Ferriday of Cadac Consoles in England outlined the requirements for theatre consoles in the digital age and underlined the importance of
quick and easy access to controls by the operator. Theatre consoles are live sound tools in every sense of the word and, as well as providing a wide range of facilities, must offer a user interface that meets instant intervention by the operator.
Dominque Brulhart of Merging Technologies demonstrated how the program "Ovation" (based on Pyramix) meets the multiple requirements of show control in theatre applications, as well as for theme parks, fixed installations and special events. Show Control covers areas such as sound, the playback of cues and centralised control of lighting cues and special events such
as pyrotechnics or machinery.
The meeting drew a very respectable turnout and theatre sound is obviously a subject that we will be revisiting in the future.
The evening ended with a dinner on the premises (courtesy of the SEMO next door), thus providing a convivial setting for the attendees.
Written By: Terry Nelson