Having recently undergone a technical transformation, the Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow, which bears a rich cultural history and significance for the people of the city, has opened its doors once again with a brand new sound system in place.
Among other upgrades, the revamp includes a TiMax2 SoundHub-S48 audio delay-matrix and a four-Sensor/twenty-Tag TiMax Tracker performer tracking system, all supplied by Moscow’s Audio Solutions.
Going by the name of Electrotheatre, in homage to one of the first pre-revolutionary Russian movie theatres that occupied the same building in 1915, the theatre’s current art director Boris Yukhananov has shown a determination for combining truly avant-garde traditions with classical Russian theatre art.
The venue has three main performance spaces, including the foyer, which is often open for lectures, book presentations, discussions and children's plays.
The TiMax Soundhub is located in the ‘Transformer’ Hall, so named as it is the main performance space and, as Alexander Mikhlin, Electrotheatre Stanislavsky’s chief sound engineer explained, “can be transformed according to the requirements of the current show.”
The TiMax SoundHub is inserted between a Yamaha CL5 digital mixing desk at front of house, receiving signal via either Dante or AES – or a combination of the two. The TiMax outputs feed via AES to a Fohhn audio AIREA system via five AM-40 Master modules to 28 LX-20 ASX and a further ten AS10-ASX loudspeakers distributed evenly throughout the auditorium.
Mikhlin concluded: “We use TiMax on the majority of performances. The audience appreciates the sound clarity and our director here appreciates the boundless possibilities TiMax gives him. We are very pleased with the TiMax SoundHub and also feel the TiMax Tracker localisation adds a special transparent quality to our performers’ amplified voices.”
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