When the curtain dropped for the season on As You Like It, the fourth production this past summer at Cal Shakes (Orinda, Calif.), sound engineer David Flashner had a chance to reflect on audio improvements made at the 500-seat outdoor venue.
“I’m in my third season now,” Flashner says, “and I’m happiest about upgrading our wireless package. We had two heavy-mic shows this year, including a traveling band in As You Like It, so we now have seven mics in a Shure ULX system. Plus, John and Helen Meyer [of Meyer Sound] have loaned us a package, including two UPA-1Ps, six UPM-1Ps and four MM4s scattered above the stage for effects.”
Every cue is routed through a program called Cricket controlling the I/Os, setting delays and working EQ. He uses the Mackie CFX20 for fader moves, but his wish list is topped by a small-footprint digital console. This year, he beta-tested the Clear-Com CellCom system, with three drops and two antennas. “We’re always trying to improve the quality of the productions,” Flashner says. “Jonathan Moscone, our artistic director, has always brought fresh, inventive designers. I’m just trying to match his passion through sound. This organization has been going strong for 30 years, and it’s sounding better than ever. Now that [the season] is over, I need to find some work!”