“My request from the NCH was for a state of the art monitor system which used a Midas console, but could have a degree of digital automation and some form of wireless control,” says Sound Communications’ Alan Murphy. “At the first meeting I mentioned the Klark Teknik Show Command system, which brings all these elements together, allowing the engineer to walk around and EQ the stage with a wireless tablet computer running Klark Teknik’s ELGAR software. I told them it was a fantastic system, and fortunately they agreed and bought one!”
The NCH’s system consists of the Midas Siena together with a KT DN9331 RAPIDE graphic controller which gives direct access to the functions of KT digital EQs, providing instant recall of fader positions via 31 long travel motorised faders; three KT DN9344E quad equalisers and two KT Square ONE Dynamics units. Wireless control of the system is provided by KT’s proprietary ELGAR software, available as a free download from the Klark Teknik website. The three amplifier racks are each run by a KT DN9848E System Controller to provide 12 bi-amped wedge monitor mixs, again all under ELGAR control.
L to R: Kevin Jennings, Midas Sales, Sound Communications; Ian Dowdall, National Concert Hall sound engineer
Midas” STS function, which is available on the Siena, Legend, Heritage and XL8 consoles, allows monitor engineers at the NCH to gain access to the EQ curves displayed on the RAPIDE, or as an option on a wireless tablet PC, by hitting the solo buttons on the console, giving them complete control of all the EQ functions for that output.
Paul Kohlmann, chief engineer at the National Concert Hall, adds: "The ease of use and internal routing capabilities of our new monitor system makes for an extremely compact and versatile EQ, and the eight channels only require 4U of rack space.’’
The new system was in place for a very special night at the Concert Hall — an evening to celebrate the venue’s 25th anniversary. Working on the show was The Corrs’ monitor engineer Paul “Mini” Moore, who was particularly impressed with the speed at which information could be accessed. “This seems to be a rare thing to find these days, when you often have to scroll through pages to get the information you need,” he says. “This was very quick to respond and easy to use. The wireless capability was also a very handy feature. And it had the sound quality that you expect from Midas and Klark Teknik.”
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