DiGiCo Consoles and Other Solutions Update Georgia Art Center Venue – rAVe [PUBS]

Located in the heart of the Georgia Institute of Technology campus, the Ferst Center for the Arts serves as a showcase for presenting concerts, lectures, dance, film, and theater. Filled with year-round activity, the hall seats nearly 1,000 people and is designed to provide a wealth of diverse and rewarding opportunities at both Georgia Tech – the name by which the school is best known – and the greater Atlanta community. It has also been a DiGiCo facility for several years, with an SD9 console serving as a reception desk since 2014.

While many shows and events moved outdoors in 2021, Georgia Tech Arts, which operates the Ferst Center, premiered its Skyline Series in the spring, offering outdoor performances ranging from live music to contemporary dance and featuring a mix of Georgia Tech bands, Atlanta arts companies, and internationally acclaimed touring artists. With performances taking place outdoors on a newly constructed stage and spectators sitting on folding chairs in the parking lot, the Meyer Sound Leopard line-array system rented for these performances required a compact yet still powerful and economical mixer. This need was amply fulfilled by a new DiGiCo S21 console, acquired last March through Atlanta-based integrator Rock N Road Audio.

Most recently, the new S21 was installed at Ferst Center as the current FOH console, while the SD9 is undergoing maintenance and updates. With the two D-Racks in use on the Ferst stage and connected to the venue’s FOH and Meyer Sound Galaxy 408 sound system processor via DiGiCo Little Red Box Cat-5 interfaces, the venue remains a stronghold of DiGiCo technology. .

“We definitely wanted to stay with DiGiCo so we could connect with the existing DiGiCo equipment we have here,” says Joe Davis, sound engineer for Georgia Tech Arts, in the school’s arts office, engagement division. and student welfare. “Since the SD9 was going through some necessary maintenance, we were able to bring the S21 inside and use it to mix in front of the house, so we never skipped a beat.”

Davis says the S21 is the ultimate utility console – a 48-channel mixer with 21 physical faders and two ten-inch multitouch displays – and, like the SD range, the S21 uses state-of-the-art FPGA technology to deliver the same sound. High quality. “We have a number of other spaces here, such as ballrooms, that will use portable PA systems, and the S21 is very light and compact and easy to roll up and down as needed,” he says. . “He can handle anything we ask of him.”

At the same time, the S21 trim is more than capable of being the hall’s frontline FOH console for as long as needed, sharing key performance capabilities with the larger SD9, including its incredible operational flexibility. Once SD9 returns to its FOH role, Davis says S21 will also add monitor mixing to its schedule when needed.

And one last thing about the S21 he likes: “Because it’s as compact as it is, it’s much easier to see over it when mixing in front of the house,” he laughs. “It makes a difference on a long show.”