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Sydney Opera House banks on Lawo for JST refit

Professional Audio & Television (PAT) has delivered, configured and commissioned a Lawo Nova73 and a Lawo crystal console including compact engine for the Joan Sutherland Theatre in the Sydney Opera House via lead integrator The Downer Group. The Lawo Nova73 Core has been configured as an mc² Mix Engine. Used as the Central Audio Router for the Joan Sutherland Theatre, the Nova73 is combining MADI, RAVENNA and Dante signals, along with traditional analogue and AES by way of a Lawo DALLIS I/O Frame. Lawo’s powerful mxGUI is used as the primary control interface for the router, allowing users to load snapshots for different room configurations, while also offering user manual adjustments of signal flows and parameters. The system is completed with a VistoolMK2-equipped Lawo crystal console, to provide a simplified tactile, or customisable on-screen, mixing surface. This allows for basic use of the JST for situations such as rehearsals or simple presentations. The Crystal engine communicates with the Nova73 via RAVENNA.
On visiting the facility, Lawo’s CEO, Philipp Lawo said, “I am delighted to see our technology play an integral part in making the Joan Sutherland Theatre an even better venue for hundreds of events annually. Over the years, we have been able to grow the Lawo footprint in Australia significantly, but to now also be able to list the Sydney Opera House is something very special.”
The Sydney Opera House’s Renewal Technology Manager David Dalton seemed equally pleased. “The Lawo Nova core has been solid since its install in January and has already seen significant use. We are very satisfied with the Lawo technology and the service their Australian distributor PAT provided to us via The Downer Group,” he said.
The Joan Sutherland Theatre is the first theatre to undergo a ‘renewal’, next on the agenda will be the refit of the main concert hall planned to begin in 2019.

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