Costing nearly $100 million, Shanghai’s gigantic new cultural epicenter is scheduled to open at the end of 2004. The Shanghai Oriental Arts Center will feature three Studer Vista 8 audio mixing consoles specified for the main performance areas and a Vista 7 for the central control room.
The building will comprise three halls: a 2,000-seat symphony hall, a 1,100-seat opera hall and a 300-seat auditorium. The building will cover more than 75,000 square feet and was designed by the leading French architect Paul Andreu, who designed the Grande Arche de la Defense in Paris. Another Andreu project opening this year is the Beijing Opera House in Tiananmen Square.
Studer consoles were supplied by Advanced Communication and Engineering (ACE), which is also the system designer and integrator. The symphony and opera halls will both be fitted with 62-fader Vista 8 consoles, while the 300-seat auditorium will have a 32-fader Vista 8. All three consoles will then be linked via MADI to the 40-fader Vista 7 in the central control room.
Use of Studer’s new D21m I/O system provides the capability for the whole system to run at 48 or 96 kHz, and provides 1,200 inputs and 600 outputs to the Vista 7. The use of the D21m system as stage boxes and MADI allows for a large number of sources to be available while using the minimum amount of cabling.
Ian Staddon, Asia Pacific sales director for Studer, explains, “The whole concept and operation of the Vista console was felt to be clear and easy-to-use, which had to be a consideration when many different engineers will get to use the consoles. To be ‘future-proof,’ the OAC wanted the option to be able to work in different surround formats, and the Vista’s ability to work in 5.1, 7.1, EX and have the unique Virtual Surround Panning feature was more than the OAC had hoped for. Also, using the same platform throughout allowed for easy interconnection between the halls and the control room, as well as the ability to be able to transfer projects from one console to another.”
For more information on the Studer boards, please go to www.studer.ch.