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Adlib installs two firsts in Liverpool Philharmonic with Soundcraft, Coda system

Grade II*-listed concert hall is home to the first ViRAY line array and one of the first new-gen Vi-series desks

Adlib has supplied one of the first new-generation Soundcraft Vi-series mixing consoles to the landmark Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

The Grade II*-listed concert hall, the home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) and one of the UK’s premier arts and entertainment venues, took delivery the new Vi3000 FOH desk as part of a complete overhaul of its sound system (pictured) masterminded by Adlib installation director Roger Kirby and MD Andy Dockerty.

The Liverpool-based sales, rental and installation company also installed the UK’s first Coda Audio ViRAY three-way line array system. The Philharmonic Hall’s main PA hangs comprise 14 flown ViRAY per side supported by three Coda SC2-F bass units flown immediately behind the main arrays.

The venue’s technicians chose the Vi3000 for FOH after attending a Soundcraft open day hosted by Adlib. This was followed by an onsite demo, which enabled Dave Kay, Adlib’s Soundcraft specialist, to show off the desk’s capabilities.

“Once appointed for this project, Adlib’s Andy Dockerty, Roger Kirby and George Puttock worked swiftly, and the installation was completed within a tight window in our major refurbishment programme,” says the Liverpool Philharmonic’s acting technical manager, Richard Curtis. “With continuing good service and attention to detail from the Adlib team, we are learning the many advantages of the new system.

“Visiting engineers and our audiences have commented positively about the quality of the new sound, and smaller system components onstage have eradicated sightline issues whilst still providing an excellent sonic experience for our audiences. I look forward to our continuing relationship with Adlib to provide the best possible production for our musicians, clients and audiences alike.”