The Academy’s Jack Lyons Theatre was due to be demolished in the summer of 2015 to make way for a new theatre. At the same time, the Academy’s recording studios and control rooms were to be demolished too. The redevelopment, including a new theatre, a recital hall and a recording studio above it, was due for completion in 2017. They were faced with having nowhere to record from.
Serendipitously, the redevelopment coincided with a major network upgrade at the Academy. Gleeson saw a way to continue recording while the development was going on. His answer was to build a Dante-based networked audio system around Focusrite’s RedNet components. It could link the major performing centres at the Academy as well as making it possible to quickly establish a temporary control room.
The system works beautifully and has also delivered a significant increase in audio quality, thanks to RedNet’s superb mic pres and the abolition of traditional analogue multiways between the locations. Now it’s all done by Ethernet cable.