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HHB hooks up Olympic Cinema with a DiGiCo SD11

Olympic alumni Chris Kimsey will man the SD11 on FOH as the sound consultant/engineer for the venue's new series of live concerts.

HHB Communications has supplied the Olympic Cinema, London – formerly the site of the legendary Olympic Studios – with a DiGiCo SD11 digital mixing console.

Olympic Studios was transformed into a modern cinema, performance venue and café last year, and renowned engineer Chris Kimsey (The Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton, Duran Duran) – who began his career at Olympic and has returned as the sound consultant and engineer for the venue’s new series of live concerts – has chosen the SD11 for FOH duties.

“DiGiCo was highly recommended by Gary [Langan, of the Art of Noise],” Kimsey comments, “and after hearing how great it sounds, I knew we had to go with the SD11. Its sonic characteristics are outstanding, especially the mic pres.” He adds that the SD11’s compact size allows him to set up his mixing position in the middle of the cinema seating, with a single network cable connecting the mixer to the DiGiCo D-Rack stagebox.

Andrew Hingley, sales manager at HHB, comments: “The Olympic Cinema is absolutely fantastic, and it is great to see Chris so involved with specifying sound equipment and mixing the concerts. The feature set of the SD11 is outstanding for a console of its size, and Chris has been very impressed with the onboard effects and dynamics. It is a great honour to be a part of the new phase of Olympic and to work with Chris on this project. “