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Autograph Sales & Installations Wax Lyrical In Hammersmith

Reopened in 1979 having been moved and rebuilt brick-by-brick from its original location, The Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith has recently undergone a major revamp, completed in 2015 and now offering new facilities for young people and the local community. Its two main performance areas (the 550-seat Main House and the 120-seat Studio) are venues for the theatre’s speciality of new, groundbreaking productions, winning an Olivier Award in 2011 for their production of Sarah Kane’s ‘Blasted’.

Autograph Sales & Installations worked closely with the theatre’s Head Of Sound Nick Manning to specify and supply a large and very diverse suite of audio equipment that was a key part of the refurbishment.

At the heart of the package was a new DiGiCo SD10-T digital mixing system, configured with DiGiCo’s unique T-series theatre software (developed in close collaboration with Autograph) and one SD-Rack, both upgraded with the Neutrik OpticalCon optical connection option. The digital mixing system also included flightcases, two UB-MADI interfaces and an Autograph Signature Series MADI changeover device.

A complete new multicore system was also supplied, complete with a Mosses & Mitchell 96-way GPO patchbay. A Soundcraft Si Expression 1 ultra-compact digital mixer was also supplied for multi-purpose, portable use while a raft of playback, recording and network interface equipment was delivered, including an SSL Nucleus DAW controller, a Focusrite 18i20 USB interface, a Tascam CD-500B professional CD player, a Tascam HS-20 network-enabled solid state recorder and a Sonifex RB-DDA6W word clock distribution amplifier.

Monitoring systems were upgraded with a pair each of Genelec’s 8040A and 8030A active loudspeakers plus various Sennheiser and Beyerdynamic headphones. A truly epic roll call of microphones was also on the shopping list, including Neumann KM184s and TLM103s, AKG CBL99s and C414s, an ElectroVoice RE20, Sennheiser e904s and e906s, plus a Shure Beta 91A, Beta 58As, SM57s, SM58s, a Rode NTG1 and a brace of BSS AR-133 active DI boxes.

A Clearsonics Acoustic Partition Kit was additionally supplied, complete with storage case, designed to be used as a temporary vocal booth when required. A selection of loudspeaker, microphone and other stands were also delivered, along with numerous cases, connectors, racks, rack panels, adaptors, couplers, loudspeaker accessories and sundry cabling, far too much to list here!

Autograph’s Peppe Mallozzi managed the project to supply and deliver the new equipment. He said, ‘A project like this really proves the added value we can provide by having such a large portfolio of brands and products at our disposal. Nick and his team were able to choose exactly what they needed from a single specialist supplier and ultimately we delivered a bespoke package of equipment that has assisted in providing a big step up for the theatre’s installed audio system’.

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