DiGiCo Consoles Anchor Shows at Rady Shell San Diego in Jacobs Park
The $ 85 million Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, the all-new outdoor home of the San Diego Symphony, is an architectural marvel on the edge of San Diego Bay and in the heart of downtown. Designed to complement the sails of the nearby San Diego Convention Center, the concert shell is wrapped in a translucent flexible material that covers a generous 13,000 square foot performance space to accommodate the full orchestra and guest performers. Depending on the event, audience capacities and configurations can vary widely, from intimate table arrangements for two and four to standing crowds of up to 10,000.
As an outdoor symphonic space, “The Shell” as it is now called has a large sound system integrated into the hall as part of its infrastructure, and the immersive nature of the sound system requires platforms. – Powerful and sophisticated mixing forms to control this. This is why the San Diego Symphony chose three DiGiCo consoles for this task. A Quantum7 is set up as a front-mounted mixer, with a DiGiCo SD10 for monitor mixing and an SD12 on hand for all auxiliary mixing and processing needs. The three consoles, the three SD-Racks located on stage and a Mini-Rack in the amplifier room are all on a dual Optocore network, and the entire system has been designed and integrated by Solotech.
“There are several reasons why we chose DiGiCo consoles, and these are all areas where the brand excels,” says A.aron Beck, Director of Business Development and Senior Engineer at Solotech. “First, there’s the capacity: the Quantum7 can perform over 200 entries. Then there is the Quantum processing power. Becks cites features like Quantum’s Mustard processing channel strips, native plug-in Spice Rack-style FPGA processing options, and nodal processing as outstanding features. “Plus there’s the overall sound quality, which is exceptional,” he says.
The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park will host dozens of touring bands each year, many of whom will bring their own sound engineers and all of whom will be familiar with the architecture and operation of the DiGiCo console. This familiarity will be important for more than just operational reasons. Jacobs Park is located in a large metropolitan area which, like many, is subject to strict noise regulations. San Diego has deployed nearby NTi Audio noise meters that automatically report via cellular data to key elements of the city’s environmental control, as well as to Rady Shell’s in-house engineer. “The venue engineer can adjust the overall volume of the entire system from the FOH console when needed to keep each show compliant,” he says.
Founded in 1910, the San Diego Symphony is California’s oldest orchestra and one of San Diego’s largest and most important cultural organizations, and performs to more than 250,000 people each season, offering a wide variety of performances. programs.
Joel watts, Symphony’s audio director, explains that the way the three DiGiCo consoles are networked on their own Optocore loop, along with a BroaMan Route66 Optocore automatic router, makes the entire console infrastructure effectively modular. “A single orchestral show here has 90 entries, so being able to use all the consoles if necessary as a single system is extremely useful and efficient,” he says. “And console features like Snapshot really add to that. It allows us to easily manage a large number of entries.
Watts further notes that the 32-bit “Ultimate Stadius” mic preamps on SD-Racks are the next best thing next to the types of high-end mic preamps he would choose in the studio to record classical orchestras. “I have a background in studio production, and we record most of the performance here for later postproduction, and the sound from the DiGiCo mic preamp is fantastic,” he says. “We also broadcast all of our concerts in televised streaming through them. No coloring, fully transparent, that’s what you want for classical music. It sounds like a CD. You can’t ask for more from a console in this kind of situation.