The new InnovaSon Compact Sy40 was on hand at the opening of Dayton, Ohio's, Benjamin and Marian Schuster Center for the Performing Arts on March 1, 2003. The Center was designed by Cesar Pelli, architect of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The new facility is expected to draw 500,000 people to 200 performances during its first full year of operation.
Steve Colby, of Evening Audio Consultants in New Hampshire, joined the team as audio producer for the event using the InnovaSon console at FOH. "The console did everything that it needed to do," said Colby, who was using the Sy40 for the first time. Colby is a senior sound engineer for the Boston Pops and a frequent engineer and consultant for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which last year installed an InnovaSon Compact Live at its Symphony Hall as part of a new sound system designed and installed by Evening Audio Consultants.
"The big change is that you now have the advantage of stereo inputs and stereo group/aux outputs," continued Colby of the new console. The Compact Sy40 supports up to 72 physical inputs and 48 outputs through 48 faders: 32, including eight stereo, for the 40 input channels, 12 faders for the stereomix buses and three faders for the LRM/C masters, plus an automation control fader. "I love the look of the new console. Cosmetically, it's very beautiful and easier to read in the dark than previous versions. The new software has enhanced the graphics dramatically. InnovaSon has also improved the system's insert capability."
According to Colby, the P.A. system for the gala primarily comprised the center's custom EAW system. "We had additional monitor gear brought in from LIVE Technologies Inc., from Columbus, Ohio," he said. RF microphone specialist Kevin Sanford's New York and Boston-based Wireless First suppliedSennheiser MKE 2 miniature lavalier microphones and bodypacks that were used by the hosts and performers.