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SD7 brings Norway’s oldest theatre up to date

Norway’s oldest theatre has been kitted out with a DiGiCo SD7 console bringing it firmly into the 21st century, writes Paul Watson

The recent installation of a DiGiCo SD7 mixing console has given the 160-year-old Den Nationale Scene (Norway’s National Theatre) a contemporary twist. DNS, which is located in Bergen, is responsible for around 20 productions each year including musicals, dramas, national and international show; and is renowned for its first class productions. The SD7 was installed by Oslo headquartered Bright A/S and has pride of place at FOH position in the venue’s largest are: the 450-capacity Store Scene, which holds its main stage. The PA system in DNS is by Meyer Sound: three UPA-1s; six UPA-2s; two UPA-1PS; and two USW-1Ps. For monitoring, UP Juniors and some Nexo wedges are deployed; an Aviom card in the SD7 feeds to the monitor system for the production musicians. Head of sound at DNS, Bjarte Vage, says when looking to replace the theatre’s old Yamaha PM1D console, he considered six other manufacturers and eventually narrowed it down to two, of which the SD7 got the vote. “We chose the SD7 because it had all the features we were looking for,” explains Vager, “and it’s a great console for multi-users; you can easily have two engineers working from the same work surface.” Aside from a Lexicon reverb, all processing is done using the SD7’s onboard effects engines, including EQ and delays for the Meyer Sound system. Also, a DiGiCo EX-007 extender wing has provided Vage and his team of engineers with a mixing solution for both FOH and monitors that was just what they were looking for. “The console is very accessible and straightforward to get started with; a user can grasp the basic functions very quickly,” continues Vager. “It takes a little more learning and familiarity to get to know the more advanced functions, but that learning process is all part of the luxury of having such an advanced console.”