A virtual press conference from Sound & Video Contractor

The John Cooper School Performing Arts Center Selects Soundcraft Vi6™

johncooper.jpgThe John Cooper School, located in The Woodlands, Texas, recently upgraded its 515-seat performing arts center with a Soundcraft Vi6 digital mixing console. The Vi6 is a permanent fixture on the main stage and is responsible for a wide range of performance applications and productions. The engineers have found the versatility and ease-of-use of its’ Vistonics™ user interface has decreased engineer set-up time by nearly half.
Troy Dingle, Audio Video Coordinator for the Performing Arts Department at The John Cooper School, selected the Vi6 because its ‘analog feel’ allows students to experience mixing in a traditional manner with the benefits of advanced digital technologies. The Vi6 is used on a daily basis for a wide range of applications, including rehearsals and other school events as well as large monthly assemblies and school productions.
The intuitive Vistonics™ II interface on the Vi6 means that the console was quickly employed on a wide range of tasks. It enables the engineers to effortlessly scan all input and output levels using the Master Bay area and if he or she recognizes anything unusual, they can easily access the feature without having to guess or reference a manual. Also, the input and output channel strips of the touch screens provide valuable insight on each channel at one glance. The Studer designed Vistonics is controlled by a simple touch of a finger on any screen to instantly control gain, EQ, dynamics, DSP and routing.
Providing audio support for a school offers many challenges and the rate at which things change ‘makes life interesting’ for Troy Dingle. “Every day I’m mixing something different: which is exciting but requires a very flexible audio console,? commented Dingle. “I often have lower school kids (quiet and/or yelling) right next to a vocally trained upper school student with a great vocal range and dynamics, performing on the same microphone. With the Vi6, I can quickly adjust the gain, EQ, gate and compression to create a smooth sounding event.?
The variety of different events and the rapid rate or performance changes requires the all flexibility of the Vi6. “The students themselves create a changing variable that requires instant input changes,? Dingle continues. “Many times I rehearsed with one student only to find that the next day three more students got their courage up and are now singing. I can quickly use the consoles’ copy and paste functions to recreate the adjusted channel strip settings onto other open channels.?
The John Cooper School’s Vi6 is adapted to meet the wireless microphone needs of the installation. The sound engineers run 28 channels of wireless mics from the FOH mix position and opted to install two 8-channel line-in cards bringing the local rack to 32 line inputs. Soundcraft also provided a custom-built 1U rack unit that fits above the local rack input connection box to house the additional 16 inputs.
“Knowing that I rarely go past 48 channels of analog mics, I created two distinct layouts within the single Vi6 console. All microphones are on the left side of the master bay in a 48 channel setup and the left 1-24 channels on fader page A and left 25-48 channels on fader page B. On the right side of the master bay are 8 groups of stereo linked channels for line level playback devices. The right side channels are not numbered; instead they are labeled according to the device that is attached. Taking advantage of the included additional local rack MADI Card (optical), I installed a MADI card into the FOH computer and can now record 64 channels effortlessly for every event we run.?
For more information on the John Cooper School, please visit www.johncooper.org

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: News

Archimedia Announces Enterprise Media Player for Any Media Professional, Regardless of Expertise
West Coast Catalyst AV Distribution Network Member Custom Plus Distributing Appoints Steven Ricks as Territory Sales Manager
HPA to Host Symposium Leading Into SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition
Calrec Audio IBC2014 Product Preview, Stand 8.C58
Award-Winning Gefen Solution Distributes HDMI with USB, RS-232, IR and Audio over a Local Area Network with Option to Create Virtual Matrix Switching Solution
Christie Donates Projectors and Installation Services to San Diego’s Museum of Photographic Arts
NUAGE Road Tour and Nuendo Masterclass at RSPE Audio Solutions
RTI Now Shipping Next-Generation RK1+ In-Wall Keypad
Extron Introduces New USB Extender that Supports a Wide Range of Devices
Shotoku Makes Gains With El Financiero ׀ Bloomberg TV

About

Stay up to date on the latest technology news. Select press representatives post company news several times a day. Check back often to get the latest news on product releases, mergers and acquisitions, and product applications. To be included in this virtual press conference, please contact The Wire.

Calendar

June 2009
M T W T F S S
« May   Jul »
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930  

Your Account

Subscribe

Subscribe to RSS Feed

Subscribe to MyYahoo News Feed

Subscribe to Bloglines

Google Syndication