7/9/2011 [Commercial Audio]
St Brigid’s Catholic School is situated in Evanston, South Australia, to the south of Gawler. The school, in partnership with the community, is committed to providing a place of learning and spirituality in the Catholic Christian tradition with a particular focus on literacy, numeracy, science, physical education and the arts.
Finishing touches being applied to the stage before opening
As part of the federal government’s “Building the Education Revolution” funding programme, St Brigid’s have recently finished construction and commissioning of the dual-use MacKillop Arts Theatre/Samaritan Sport Stadium, situated on the School’s grounds. Deputy Principal Genarro Manella spoke with Yamaha Commercial Audio about the new facility, its genesis, design and completion;
“This facility came about as part of the B.E.R.”, says Genarro, “One day, we were looking at putting up a $300,000 shade structure, but we didn’t know where we were going to get the money. And then within the same day we found out we had $3 million to spend. This was a godsend and an opportunity we never would have got without the B.E.R. funding coming through.”
Genarro then turned to audio visual consultant Nivven Barlow, local Yamaha dealer Peter Koch at Barossa Music Centre, and Yamaha Commercial Audio.
2x IF2115/64 arrayed at FOH right
“What we wanted was a venue that could hold our school and our school community, but we also wanted a performing arts facility”, explained Genarro. “We knew that we wanted quality audio and quality lighting; a good space for kids to do their sport, but equally a facility for the performing arts.”
With a brief to provide industry-standard equipment that could accommodate everything from a school assembly to a full-blown musical, the AV design by Nivven Barlow included a digital multicore system, a 64-channel LS9 digital mixer and fully automatable, Ethernet-controlled DSP processing.
An LS9-32 digital mixer sits at the heart of the system in the bio-box at the rear of the hall. This is tied via a single Cat5 cable to two SB168-ES digital stageboxes in racks at either side of the stage. Outputs from the desk stay in the digital domain, travelling down the same Cat5 to the DME8o-ES open-architecture DSP processor, which handles all FOH speaker processing, in addition to matrix mixing to the hearing loop. A variety of Tn and XP series power amps then run left/right FOH arrays of 2x IF2115/64 Installation Series speakers per side, combined with two mighty dual 18’ Installation Series subwoofers and 2x IF2108s arrayed as a centre cluster.
Foldback also got the Yamaha treatment, with 2x IF2208 Installation Series dual 8” wedges mixed in with a range of Club Series speakers powered by XP Series amplifiers.
School assembly from the bio box
The system ran its first big show on Friday 12 August, 2011, and passed with flying colours. The MacKillop Arts Theatre is now a resource the whole Gawler community can draw on, explains Genarro; “With the audio and lighting that’s gone in, this now is not only good for our school and the local Catholic High School, but it’s also open to the community as well.”
“Yamaha have been absolutely wonderful to work with,” continued Genarro, “and in particular our local agent, Peter Koch at Barossa Music, who we’ve worked through to get all the equipment. But what’s more impressive is the way the system has come together and just provided us with an outstanding venue.”
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