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SOUNDCRAFT BROADWAY DEBUTS WITH CELINE DION In its much-anticipated working debut, Soundcraft's Broadway console is now being used by FOH engineer Denis

SOUNDCRAFT BROADWAY DEBUTS WITH CELINE DION In its much-anticipatedworking debut, Soundcraft's Broadway console is now being used by FOHengineer Denis Savage to control up to 80 mic channels and tape cues onCeline Dion's current world tour. Savage has chosen to configure themodular, digitally controlled analog console with one 20-channel input"surface" and one VCA submaster/aux group/master output surface. Savagecan easily access any 20 of the 80 inputs at any time, and hasprogrammed the console to recall essential channels to the workingsurface as needed. All group assignments, send and return levels, faderlevels and mutes are separately programmable, though Savage chooses notto recall preset EQs, since he often modifies them during the show.

Savage had been in consultation with Soundcraft for many monthsbefore Dion's longtime sound system provider (Solotech Inc. ofMontreal, Quebec) took delivery of the console last summer, and hequickly became comfortable with its innovative design. "It's just likea normal board," says Savage, who has previously mixed Dion onSoundcraft Europa and 6000 consoles. "[The Broadway] makes so much moresense than running around on two or three consoles," he says, pointingout that the console's instant resettability is useful when Dionappears with other artists. "In two weeks we'll be doing an awardsshow-I'll mix all the bands on this console," says Savage.

In addition to instantly recalling Savage's presets during the show,the Broadway offers eight 20-input banks, or pages, which may beinstantly recalled with the touch of a button. "I typically keep myfirst four banks for the show and use the other four banks for inputs1-20, 21-40, etc.," he explains. "I can get to any input really fast ifI have to."

The Broadway is just one of many technical innovations in theSolotech sound system. For the first time, Dion is appearingin-the-round, and the all-Meyer Sound system, designed by Solotechsystem engineer Francois Desjardins, is entirely self-powered (exceptfor 48 Crown-powered DS-2 bass cabinets). The Meyer cabinets aretypically hung in eight clusters made up from two standardconfigurations, one of which includes two of Meyer's new PSW-6 cardioidsubwoofers, and all 57 powered speakers are constantly monitored viaMeyer's RMS system. Desjardins has implemented a BSS Soundweb system tocontrol the distribution of audio signals to the various clustercomponents and also uses the PC-based Soundweb application to dial inEQ and delay as prescribed by the Meyer Sound SIM system.