1Kenny Check, The Sound Co-Op owner with CSO stagehands Todd Snick and Patrick Reynolds and Tim ‘Buzz' Shust, The Sound Co-Op mixer
USA - Symphony Centre, in Chicago's Loop district, is home to the Grammy Award-winning Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and historic Orchestra Hall. Although the CSO traditionally performs acoustically, when visiting jazz and pop artists stop by for shows using amplified music, the venue now has a new secret weapon - DiGiCo's SD9.

Installed by The Sound Co-Op LLC, the same sound reinforcement company that also provides Symphony Centre's sound system for amplified performances, the SD9 is called into service when visiting artists perform both with and without the CSO, such as on a recent show by Washington, D.C.-based a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Symphony Centre's new SD9 console includes the Rack Pack Tour (RPT) package. This combination boasts 72 mic/line inputs (64 being on stage), digital snakes, redundant power supplies (in both console and stage racks), 48 Flexi-channels (equivalent to 96 channels of DSP), dynamic EQs, multiband compressors and matrix, and the addition of DiGiTuBes, reorder of busses and multichannel inputs.

But when The Sound Co-Op owner Kenny Check isn't helping the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, he's on the road mixing monitors for Billboard Music Awards Rock Artist of the Year-winner Godsmack through a DiGiCo SD10 console. "Both consoles sound excellent for these applications," says Check. "The SD9 in Symphony Centre is perfect for the CSO and visiting artists because of its versatility - the number of inputs and outputs and the enormous number of useful features. It's a real step up from what was in Symphony Centre before and offers the same pristine audio quality as the SD10. Occasionally, Symphony Centre presents shows by outside artists, but the range of genres is pretty wide, so the SD9's flexibility is what they needed. Plus it simply sounds great."

(Jim Evans)

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