Moveable Sound

Moveable Sound
  • POCATELLO, ID-More than 75 years after moving into Frazier Hall, the Theatre and Dance Department of Idaho State University is now enjoying its new home at the recently completed, 110,000-square-foot L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. The $34 million new building is equipped with three versatile performance venues: the 250-capacity James E. and Beverly Rogers Black Box Theatre, 450-seat thrust-style Beverly B. Bistline Theatre, and 1,126-seat Joseph C. and Cheryl Jensen Grand Concert Hall, the last of which benefits from a Soundcraft Series FIVE mixing console specified by consulting firm McKay Conant Brook.

The Soundcraft Series FIVE mixing console typically resides in what is referred to as the 'perch,' but can be moved around the ISU Stephens Center.
Installed by Salt Lake City-based systems integrator General Communications, the 32-mono-/4-stereo-channel console typically resides in what is referred to by Stephens Center engineers as the 'perch,' a raised mix position located at the center rear of the main floor seating area.
According to Stephens Center event technical coordinator Bill Stanton, who is in charge of sound reinforcement throughout the complex, the Soundcraft console was a welcome addition. "Its generous feature set and capabilities allow it to nicely meet the needs of both our music, theater and dance departments and visiting productions alike," he said. "Aside from being quite intuitive to use, the console sounds extremely nice and I find that I rarely have to touch the EQs. Lesser boards always seem to require so much correction to make things sound good, but the Soundcraft has such a nice, smooth, flat response that I almost always hear what I want from the start."

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