Portland, ME (November 22, 2017)—Independent Audio recently supplied a significant quantity of Merging Technologies’ Horus and Hapi networked converters and Pyramix Native Pro workstations to the Hugh Hodgson School of Music campus in Athens, GA.
This is the first major refurbishment of the school’s recording facilities since the mid-nineties, which presented opportunities as well as challenges. As there are three venues to serve and all could be in use simultaneously, there was a need to have three work areas in the same control room. Using traditional large format digital consoles was quickly ruled out as cost-prohibitive, but the question remained as to how to get sufficient channels with adequate control.
The solution proposed was to use three Pyramix setups with multiple RAVENNA/AES67 stage boxes. The control selected was an Avid S3 on each station which is Eucon-connected to each Pyramix, giving them a 72-channel console which can be controlled from any of the three locations and which would be expandable in the future.
To cover the various locations and microphone positions, one Horus and eight Hapi units were deployed, some of these located in catwalk areas for suspended microphones. RAVENNA allows for single Cat cable connection from the network switch to each location, offering two-way audio plus control capability.
The opportunity to upgrade the facilities required relatively little extra equipment. Genelec 8350A SAM monitors with a 7370A SAM subwoofer plus the AutoCal Calibration kit and a Dangerous Music Monitor ST provides for the main system, with Sennheiser HD 380 PRO headphones fed from Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 units on each station. There is a Tascam DA-6400 multitrack for backup as there are up to 300 live events per year being regularly recorded, some for public radio.