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Gloucester’s Lady Chapel gets a refresh with Audinate

Gloucester’s Lady Chapel gets a refresh with Audinate
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Gloucester’s Lady Chapel gets a refresh with Audinate

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Having served as a filming location for the Harry Potter franchise, Gloucester Cathedral in England dates back to the year 1089, with centuries of history and craftsmanship on display. When the time inevitably came for the building to upgrade its audio capabilities, it turned to Audinate’s Dante, requesting flexibility, scalability and low-impact installation.

When the cathedral began its restoration project on its Lady Chapel – the newest section of the church built in the 15th century – the flooring was removed, which presented the opportunity to install a new chapel sound system by running cabling under the floors.

Audiovisual systems integrator, DM Music, was called in for the project. “When they were taking the floor up, we had a chance to put in a new PA system and, as is my habit on all large buildings with multiple areas, I put in a Dante-enabled equipment kit, including a Yamaha MTX5D mixer,” said Graham Bennewith, installation director, DM Music. “Whenever we're working on a larger or a multi-area building, I use a Dante network because it allows for excellent flexibility. Even with the floor up, we still had very limited options for running cables. So, we got the Dante equipment in place then ran a network cable run through to the main nave.”

Bennewith said the Dante network allowed the team to easily install the Lady Chapel system. While it can run independently, the network also enables the chapel to connect with other areas of the cathedral, including the main nave. Able to accommodate approximately 250 people, Lady Chapel is often used as an overflow room for large events in the main nave, which holds about 2,500. The main nave was recently upgraded with an Allen & Heath AHM-64 mixer with a Dante card. The system is controlled by a Crestron touchscreen and a custom iPad app using Crestron for mobile/wireless connectivity.

"Over time, as Gloucester Cathedral continues to upgrade its systems, each area will be Dante enabled,” Bennewith said. “My team at DM Music is adding some microphones now, all fed into a Dante preamp interface. Dante gives us a lot of flexibility so these microphones can move around, and all they need is a network connection. By using PoE, users can take these microphones wherever they'd like. The main thing for my team is that, out of the box, Dante is clean, efficient and easy to use. Dante just works.

“In the old analogue days, we would need multiple patch bays and patch lines all around buildings and have multiple processors and matrix systems, and the systems were complex and not at all user-friendly. Because of Dante, the church loves their new systems, and they have had absolutely no issues."

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