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Autograph Provides Updated Paging Solution To Historic Northern Venue

Opened on Boxing Day 1912 and having gone through several changes of use in its long history, the 1,920-capacity Manchester Opera House was completely refurbished in 2003 and is now owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group. It presents a very diverse array of entertainment throughout the year including classical music, comedy, theatre and opera.

In common with virtually every such facility, one of the core technologies on which performers and technicians rely is the paging system and Autograph Sales & Installations have recently completed a major upgrade to it. A two-zone system covers all applicable areas, using a total of 34 individual TOA BS-678 loudspeakers throughout the building.

Autograph’s design re-purposed the existing cabling infrastructure (a major cost-saving for the venue), adding only enough to facilitate the required three new paging microphone positions at stage door, prompt corner and one specifically for visiting companies. The design also included the existing prompt desk but added an extra plug-in point to allow easy integration of visiting desks for touring productions.

The equipment supplied, installed and commissioned by Autograph included a TOA M-9000 Digital Matrix Mixer (which centrally controls the matrixing and zoning functions) plus a Lab-Gruppen E8:2 power amplifier.

Photo credit: Mike Peel

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