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MIDAS PRO6s are best bet at Casino du Liban Two MIDAS PRO6 live audio systems supplied by MIDAS distributor of the year, Dubai-based NMK Electronics, have been installed in one of the Middle East’s premier casinos, Jounieh’s Casino du Liban, bringing the venue’s total PRO6 count to three. Tony Khoury, the casino’s chief sound engineer since 1996, took delivery of his first PRO6 system in 2009 for the 1,800-capacity theatre space. “I chose the PRO6 then because I couldn’t find the right warmth of sound in any other digital desk,” says Khoury. “The MIDAS pre amps in the PRO6 provide really effective power and quality. I also found the PRO6 so easy to use. You can get to any zone really fast – it feels like I am working on one of the MIDAS analogue consoles, like a Heritage 3000.” Khoury was so delighted with the performance of his first PRO6 that when it came to upgrading the sound system in the casino’s dining and entertainment space, the 600-capacity La Salle Des Ambassadeurs, there was only one choice for him. La Salle Des Ambassadeurs now boasts two PRO6 systems, one FOH and one on monitors. A DL431 mic splitter has been added to the monitor system while both monitor and FOH

consoles have DSP engines, DL252 digital snakes to optimise mic audio and a DL451 audio system modular I/O with both analogue and digital cards to maximise flexibility. “Having had the PRO6 in the theatre for three years, I insisted on MIDAS again,” says Khoury. “I am very satisfied with the PRO6 and I am happy to be the only sound engineer in Lebanon to have three in one place.” Khoury has now mixed hundreds of shows on his first PRO6, from live bands to musicals and dance performances to stand up comedy, a variety which has showcased the system’s flexibility. “I’ve used almost all the effects and dynamics, I like the channel inputs and the EQ is very precise and sensitive,” he enthuses. “The choice of four compressors on each input channel provides nice gain reduction and the gate is also very helpful where there are many instruments miked up. I also like the KLARK TEKNIK graphic EQ and delay effects.” Says Chicco Hiranandani, NMK business development manager, “I had a great time working together with Tony on the recent upgrade of the Salle des Ambassadors at the casino. It is always enjoyable working with individuals who share the same kind

Casino du Liban’s chief sound engineer Tony Khoury with a Midas PRO6

of intensity or passion for what they do. I am sure that patrons of the casino will experience a spectacular show or event with the new equipment at the venue.” MIDAS brand development manager Richard Ferriday adds, “We are delighted that Casino Du Liban are continuing their investment in MIDAS, and our new competitive pricing now makes that even easier. Another important consideration is that the PR06 is a modular, upgradable system, which means that the casino has the option to upgrade to full 88 input PR09 capacity if their requirements increase in the future.” www.midasconsoles.com

Australia

Whitlam Theatre gets upgrade to an Electro-Voice PA System limited. Therefore a ground support system was engineered instead.

The Revesby Worker’s Club was founded in 1962 and has been an integral part of the community since its inception. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012, the club is known as a premiere entertainment and lifestyle destination, conveniently located just off the M5 in Sydney, Australia. Hosting a number of leading local and international acts, the Whitlam Theatre is one of the largest entertainment spaces in its region, holding up to 1600 depending on room layout. Revesby Worker’s Club requested design proposals based on systems that could provide better coverage for the theatre space with a more consistent volume and frequency response. The challenge for this install was to replace the multi-box point source system with a line array system. With the age of the venue, rigging options in the ceiling were

After considering 4 different design proposals, the Senior Managers of the Club decided on the Electro-Voice system design by AV integrators, Saltec, as it promised to deliver the best results for the room at a reasonable cost. The new system also supported some of the existing Electro-Voice inventory. The main PA hang comprises of six EV XLC DVX 90 deg boxes and two EV XLC DVX 120 deg boxes per side, with two EV X-Subs per side mounted below the stage. For fill there are four Dynacord VL 262 boxes, two are mounted on the inside of the proscenium and two are brought out and sat on the stage lip, if and when required. Delay consists of four EV ZX1i 90W which are mounted above the balcony. Drive for the main array is through nine Dynacord H5000 amplifiers with RCM 26 DSP cards loaded. The bottom two 120 deg boxes are shaded 6db to smooth out the near field. Two Dynacord H5000 amplifiers, again with RCM 26 DSP cards loaded, drive the subs. A Dynacord H2500 with an RCM 26 DS card loaded drives

with fills whilst another drives the delays. In addition, there is a UCC1 can bus interface at the Front of House mix position, to allow for the amplifiers to be monitored and controlled remotely. Another added feature that the new system provides is that it comprises a FIR filter drive and offers the ability to network the amplifiers so that they can be monitored front of house. To an audience of at least 1000 people, the new sound system was introduced by Club President and Local Federal Labour Member Daryl Mellham at a seniors concert featuring Neil Hanson. After the concert had concluded, the duty manager commented that for the first time they had not received one complaint from any member in the audience. With the big sound the new system provides, Revesby Worker’s Club looks forward to welcoming more local and international acts to their venue with sell-out crowds screaming for more. www.saltec.com.au www.boschcommunications.com.au

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