Published On July 9, 2019 | News

Award-winning sound designer relies on Avid VENUE | S6L to deliver pristine sound for Come From Away premiering in Melbourne

Avid announces that sound designer Gareth Owen is using the Avid VENUE | S6L flagship live sound system for Come From Away, the acclaimed musical, which made its Australian premiere at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre this week. 

Avid VENUE | S6L has provided Owen with the sound quality and versatility to meet the demands of multiple stage productions, including Bat Out of Hell, Wind in the Willows and 42nd Street as well as A Bronx Tale.

Having worked on a diverse range of high-profile productions, Owen requires a live sound system with the power and flexibility to create the perfect sound for each production regardless of genre. 

As a long-time member of the distinguished Avid user community, Owen and his team were the first to adopt Avid VENUE | S6L for Broadway and West End productions, using its extensive programming capabilities to craft much of each show during the production phase.

“Every show is different, and some are polar opposites of each other in terms of sonic requirements—for example Bat Out of Hell is a balls-to-the-wall rock and roll musical, as loud as any concert, while 42nd Street is the traditional book musical, all about subtlety and transparency,” said Owen. “The S6L takes these varying musical styles in its stride, tackling them all as if it was designed specifically for that purpose. The sound quality is far ahead of any other console I’ve used. There’s a clarity and transparency to the sound of the S6L that’s a new experience for me. And it gives me the power to explore my creativity without being hemmed in by the technology.”

Owen and his team continue to work with the Avid VENUE | S6L console and over time have deployed it on a broad range of shows including, Young Frankenstein (West End), Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame (Germany), Donna Summer (Broadway), Prince of Egypt (Denmark), Bat Out of Hell (Toronto), Starlight Express (London) and Strictly Ballroom (London).

“We are honoured that one of the world’s top sound designers relies on comprehensive tools and workflow solutions from Avid to mix the biggest musical theatre productions,” said Avid Country Manager, ANZ, Richard Wray. “As well as giving Gareth and his team the control and creative flexibility to support the most sophisticated productions regardless of genre, the sound quality of the Avid VENUE | S6L console is second to none.”

Avid VENUE | S6L is a fully modular, flexible live sound mixing system that delivers best-in-class functionality for a range of live sound mixing applications, including front-of-house, monitor, broadcast, theatre, and more. Offering unprecedented processing capabilities—with more than 300 processing channels—S6L delivers unrelenting performance and reliability through its advanced engine design, backed by modern touchscreen workflows and the scalability to easily handle large, complex tours and events. Powered by MediaCentral, the industry’s most open, tightly integrated, and efficient platform designed for media, S6L provides seamless Pro Tools integration and on-board industry-standard plugins, with higher track counts and more processing power than ever before. With a comprehensive array of network and I/O offerings, users can easily configure the system to meet the demands of any type of show.

Avid: www.avid.com

Australian Distributor: www.ambertech.com.au 

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