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Engineers from Autograph Sales and Installations division (AS&I) have recently supplied a new DiGiCo SD8 digital mixing system for the Royal Court Theatre, home of the English Stage Company.

The Royal Court is a leading force in world theatre, dedicated to new work by innovative writers and producing around 12 new productions each year. Named as “the most important theatre in Europe” by the New York Times, the Royal Court has a pivotal role in promoting undiscovered voices in the theatre industry. A list of current productions can be found here.

The SD8 has been a massive step forward for us both in terms of the tools we are able to offer sound designers, and the integration with the systems already installed in the theatre

Autograph supplied a DiGiCo SD8 mixing console plus a DiGiCo Digi-Rack fully loaded with 56 inputs and outputs, which alongside additional MADI inputs, is used to control all audio signals within the main theatre space. Located either in a sound control room or at the back of the stalls as required, the console is fed from a wide range of live and pre-recorded sources as required each production.

The installation followed a period where AS&I acted in a consultancy role to the theatre to identify the appropriate console specification to meet the demands created by the wide range of productions staged there. The full function set of the SD8 had to be examined in depth to ensure that the console provided all of the operations that were required by the complex and diverse performances held at the venue.

The integration possibilities of SD8 were extensively demonstrated to the theatre at Autograph Sales, to confirm the compatibility between communications and operational formats with external programs and devices and the SD8 console. This proved pivotal in the specification of the SD8 as it proved to have a function set capable of adapting to the needs of the majority of users when requested.


Alex mixing at a recent gala event

The DiGiCo SD8 system represents remarkable value for money when considering its flexibility and adaptability. The DiGiCo was ultimately chosen by the RCT for it’s huge feature set, ample processing power and it’s easy integration with existing systems, allowing the console to be precisely configured to each production’s requirements. The automation and snap shot functionality plus its integration with MIDI and external show control programs and devices has also proven vital to the venue.

Head of Sound David McSeveney said, ‘The SD8 has been a massive step forward for us both in terms of the tools we are able to offer sound designers, and the integration with the systems already installed in the theatre. With difficulties in arts funding at the moment we need to make sure that any purchase offers value for money and a long shelf life, and the quality and features of the SD8 give us exactly that. Autograph’s engineers have provided an excellent service at all stages of the process and continue to do so with technical assistance and support for our program of events’

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