Budapest theatre upgrades with dLive
Monday, 28 January 2019
madachszinhazteamThe Madách Színház team
Hungary - Madách Theatre (or Madách Színház), one of the most popular musical theatres in Budapest, has recently undergone a major audio upgrade with several Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing systems.
The 800-seat venue holds around 350 performances a year, in front of approximately 500,000 visitors and stages some of the biggest international musicals, including works by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and is currently premiering dLive’s capabilities in Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock production.
Supplied by Allen & Heath’s Hungarian distributors, Audmax, the installation features three dLive Surfaces, three MixRacks, eight Expanders and several ME Personal Monitoring systems, which allow for the independent mixing of vocals, orchestra and IEM / stage monitors.
“The requirements of this installation were quite complex. Madách needed a system that allowed for four independent mixing systems, which could also work together. This meant we needed something with a very high level of flexibility, a large number of channels and a common “language” for inter-connections. Allen & Heath’s dLive system has so many options which allow for a flexible and easy workflow, it was the perfect solution,” comments Krisztian Varga, system designer and managing director at Audmax.
FOH comprises two dLive S7000s; one controlling sound for the orchestra and the other handling vocals and additional musical performers. Tamás Ditzmann (leading sound engineer at Madách) adds: “dLive was chosen for many reasons. The ability to have a large channel count is hugely important to us as each show could need more than 100 input channels. dLive also offers a high level of flexibility.”
Each surface is connected to a DX32 Expander located at FOH and a Waves Soundgrid system for additional processing. Ditzmann adds: “It's also great that dLive supports Waves integration with 128x128 channels, as well as other major formats such as Dante and MADI.”
The S7000 surface used for the orchestra is connected to a DM32 MixRack (located in the orchestra pit) which in turn is connected to a ME-U system powering 12 ME-1 personal mixers used by the musicians.
In the wireless / amp room a DM64, connected to the second FOH Surface, is utilised for wireless microphones used by the onstage performers. A connected DX32 expander is positioned in the orchestra pit for additional I/O.
(Jim Evans)

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