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Dorking Halls

Opened in 1931 to accommodate the Leith Hill Musical Competition, Dorking Halls for many years enjoyed a close association with the great English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams who conducted the festival from 1905 until 1953. Throughout its life Dorking Halls has been at the heart of the Mole Valley community and following major refurbishment completed in 1997 the complex now offers a diverse programme of live music, theatre and even 3D cinema.

Autograph Sales & Installations recently assisted Dorking Halls in their migration from analogue to digital audio mixing with the supply of a new DiGiCo SD9 Rack Pack, which includes the control surface, two D-racks, a UB-MADI USB to MADI convertor and a cabling set. As well as delivering all the operational and sonic advantages of DiGiCo’s products, the new system also significantly reduces the footprint of the mix position within the hall, eliminates the compromises of a copper multicore and allows the in-house technical team a previously impossible level of flexibility to deal with the varying demands of the venue.

Peppe with the team at Dorking Halls

Autograph’s Sales Engineer Peppe Mallozzi said, ‘We were pleased to arrange a couple of demo sessions for the venue’s technical team here at Autograph, which allowed us to work through the console and its features with specific regard to the day to day needs of the facility. After delivery we conducted as much product training as the team needed and so their transition to cutting-edge digital mixing seems to have been fairly painless!’

Adam Markie, senior technician at the Dorking Halls, said, ‘The technical manager and myself were really pleased with the way Autograph deals with its clients new or old with a very friendly and personal service. Peppe’s training was great and he is always on the other end of the phone to answer questions. We are planning even more additions to our sound department with Autograph already and are looking forward to future projects’.

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