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New Digital Mixing System For The Cadogan Hall

London’s Cadogan Hall is both the home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a popular live music venue, hosting over 300 shows a year. A recent technical upgrade has seen its legacy of Yamaha mixing consoles continue, with the installation of a new CL3 system by Autograph Sales & Installations.

The upgrade was part of a project which saw the venue increase its capacity to over 1000. An important part of this was moving the previous mix position from the middle of the Gallery to accommodate more seating.

‘A new control booth was built at the back of the Gallery, above the new seating, which was a big improvement for lighting but not suitable for mixing sound,’ says Cadogan Hall Production Manager Harry Spillett. ‘We needed to reposition the mixing console at the back of the stalls for contemporary shows, but be able to easily remove it to regain the seats for classical performances.’

‘We had the first Yamaha PM1D to be installed in a UK venue. I always liked the logical and intuitive way it worked, but it wasn’t suitable for being moved on a regular basis. We needed an alternative that gave us all the functionality we required, but in a more compact form that was quick and easy to set up.’

He continues, ‘I wanted to stay with Yamaha so that the transition from old to new was as painless as possible. The CL3 operates in a similar manner to the PM1D, it’s easy to configure for different types of show and the Dante network allowed us to create a very flexible system that was quick to install and use.’

Working closely with Harry and his team, Autograph Sales & Installations supplied and installed the CL3 system, which includes a Rio3224-D and a Rio1608-D installed on stage, providing 48 channels to the Dante network, plus a range of outputs for monitors and direct outs for recording when required.  

A second Rio3224-D is installed in the venue’s AV plant room, to handle the matrix outputs from the CL3 to a QSC Q-SYS system which drives the PA, as well as patching additional lines to and from the stage using the existing copper tie lines. Finally, a further Rio1608-D can be placed wherever required, such as at the FOH position to create a digital snake for touring companies, or onstage as a digital splitter.

‘As well as the flexibility that the CL3 and Dante network provide, the Rio units give us more inputs and outputs than before without taking up extra space in the stage racks,’ says Harry.

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