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Two venues, one solution

Two venues, one solution

Two venues, one solution


Anchored on Allen & Heath’s dLive mixing system, Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) in Sydney has turned to production and installation specialist, Production by Design (PxD), to complete an upgrade of its key performance and worship spaces. The school’s Marina Pryor Centre for the Performing Arts (MPC) and CITY indoor/outdoor meeting space each have the capacity for 800 students and host a varied programme of assemblies, worship services, musicals, concerts and celebrations.

“The MPC systems were designed in 2009 and the CITY systems in 2012,” explained Alan Schutz, the school’s general manager. “Technology has forged ahead and some of our needs have changed since that time. There were major differences between the MPC and CITY infrastructures and gear, and the complex systems required significant manoeuvring and setup times. We required a long-term, cost-effective solution that continues to be inspiring and ultra-flexible. Given students are users of the systems, all components have to be user-friendly.”

PxD project manager, Chad Keating, recommended the dLive system, installing DM32 MixRacks in both venues, fitted with Dante cards for integration with a Dante network carrying audio and video throughout the school. Everyday activities such as assemblies can be managed from iPads running the dLive MixPad app, or via GPIO connection to a Q-Sys system, which was chosen as the end user interface for basic room control across the campus.

For more complex events, NBCS invested in dLive S5000 and C1500 Surfaces that can be deployed in either venue, or used together to manage the largest shows, sharing the same DM32 over Allen & Heath’s gigaACE protocol. The system’s flexibility is enhanced by a selection of DX168 portable I/O expanders and an ME personal mixing system comprising an ME-U hub and six ME-500 personal mixers, all of which live in portable racks, ready to serve wherever needed.

Keating added: “Moving to dLive has given NBCS the flexibility it needed and has cut setup time for an end-of-year event from a day-and-a-half for an eight-person student crew to just two hours for a single staff member. The enhanced audio quality is immediately noticeable too – even for basic assemblies – and dLive’s user-friendly interface allows the students to achieve outstanding results with the system.”

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