Marquee Equip Lyric with Studio Sound
Thursday, 30 August 2001
Marquee Equip Lyric with Studio Sound
The Lyric in Hammersmith - one of the few surviving Frank Matcham-designed theatres - has returned to Marquee Audio a year after making a major investment in sound mixing, playback, processing and sound reinforcement equipment, to have them configure a new hard disk recording studio. The theatre’s sound technician Nick Manning (pictured in the new recording studio) explained that the new studio equipment fell into the remit of the theatre’s IT upgrade, which is being funded by an Arts Council grant.

"While the theatre was working on replacing its business systems, I set about drawing up a scheme for a dedicated sound computer, which would enable us to produce sound effects for shows," explained Nick. "I then spoke to Andy Huffer at Marquee Audio about designing a hard disk recording system based around the industry-standard Logic Audio software package." The Shepperton-based suppliers built a powerful PC for the Lyric to meet Nick Manning’s specification for a 1GHz, Pentium III CPU, with 256Mb RAM and external SCSI hard drive. The audio is interfaced via a Soundscape Mixstreme sound card, with some effects plug-in tools.

Marquee also supplied a Fatar Studio Logic master MIDI keyboard and a USB card which allows their Akai 6000 sampler (supplied by Marquee a year ago), to interface with the computer. The aim was to enhance the Lyric’s facility for creating sound effects - and this, along with the BBC Sound Effects Library which the theatre has also acquired, will be available for hire.


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