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.
If you find this content helpful, please consider a donation. Thank you!