The new city-owned Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Amarillo, Texas—a 1,300-seat performance hall that is home to the Amarillo Opera, Amarillo Symphony and Lone Star Ballet—opened its doors earlier this year with a Soundcraft Series Five console handling front-of-house and monitor mixing duties.
Installed by systems integrator Electro Acoustics and Video, Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas, the console features 32 mono and four stereo channel strips short-loaded into a 48-channel frame in the event that the facility should wish to expand its channel count at a later date.
“With our mission of providing the best possible acoustics and sound reinforcement, the Series Five was really the ideal choice for this facility,” says Jim Elliott, production manager for both the Globe-News Center and Amarillo Civic Center. “The sonics of this desk truly go hand-in-hand with the beautiful acoustics of this venue, and everyone that has used it so far has given it nothing but rave reviews.”
The 70,000-square-foot Globe-News Center was built entirely by private donations totaling more than $30 million, and is 10 stories tall at its highest point. The venue features one of the nation’s first retractable orchestra shells, which is attached to a 50-ton traveling bridge and wheels offstage within minutes allowing theater, opera, symphony and ballet performances to easily share show dates with jazz, bluegrass, gospel and country-and-western artists.