Swedish Helsingborg City Theatre selects Digico SD5

Helsingborg City Theatre is one of the best-known theatres in the country, originally constructed in 1921 until being rebuilt in 1976
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PHOTO: Göran Stenberg

PHOTO: Göran Stenberg

Helsingborg City Theatre has invested in Digico SD5, the first to be installed in a Swedish theatre, after its previous system became outdated.

The theatre was originally constructed in 1921, until being demolished and rebuilt in 1976.

Digico’s Swedish distributor Soundware supplied the the system, and it was installed by Fremlab AB, consisting of the SD5, which runs on an optical loop with Waves integration, and five SD-Racks. Soundware’s Magnus Wiborg worked with the theatres resident sound engineers, Åke Lindborg and Jonas Mattson, to ensure the best solution was implemented.

“We gathered that the number of inputs, outputs and multi-band dynamics, together with the three screens, 36 faders and the ability to do virtual MADI sound checks of shows, perfectly suited our needs,” explained Lindborg. “It was also important to implement the Optocore loop between FOH and our other five SD-Rack locations.”

Two of the racks are located at stage left and right and feature tour grade connectors for onstage band and production set up, whilst another is situated in the amplifier room, the fourth in the wireless system rack and the final one at the monitor position.

“A fibre loop was needed because of the amount of information the system needs to handle, as well as being a failsafe,” elaborated Fremlab’s Carl-Fredrik Malmgren. “We installed a full loop so that if there is a problem somewhere along it, the signal simply goes the other round and the show goes on. We used about 300m of fibre in all and the installation was completed without any issues.”

The theatre’s team has found that the SD5’s matrix and ability to programme multiple signal paths has made the system much more logical and easy to use, and that the vast number of MADI in/outs are also a big help.

“We have a basic setup for the system, but the amount of wireless equipment, the need for Racks, number of inputs and outputs and so on varies a lot,” added Lindborg.“We haven’t had a chance to welcome visiting engineers yet, but expect them to use the console under our guidance. We are very happy with the console, although we’re sure that there are many ways to improve the work flow on the desk. We’re still finding clever ways of doing thing and we find a smarter way every day.”

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Eighth Day Sound provided the tour’s PA and control package, which featured DiGiCo SD5 consoles for both FOH and monitors, paired with five SD-Racks and an SD-Mini Rack