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Durban theatre goes digital with Midas

Adam Savage
Durban theatre goes digital with Midas

A Midas PRO1, supplied and installed by Prosound, helped a Durban theatre enter the digital age in time for its Christmas production of Beauty and the Beast.

The South African city’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre hosts some of the country’s biggest arts gatherings, including the Durban International Film Festival and Poetry Africa events.

“We installed a Midas PRO1 to ensure that this particular Panto’s scene changes, many of which have to happen almost instantaneously, will work. These would have been unachievable with the venue’s previous desk,” explained Ryan Selby of Prosound.

The move marks the first time Beauty and the Beast sound designer Megan Levy, of DarkHorse Productions, had used a PRO1. With only three days to familiarise herself with the console, she was a bit apprehensive. However, after only 20 minutes, Levy was comfortably programming the show.

“I haven’t looked back. Now in the third week of our run, I can say it really is a pleasure to use,” she commented. “The desk responds exceptionally fast, which is critical, especially in the opening number. I’ve also been impressed by the audio quality in general and the automation has greatly simplified the operation of an otherwise complex show. Coming from an ‘old-school' analogue background, the PRO1 has proved to be the most theatre friendly digital console I have used so far.”

Prosound’s Ryan Selby also provided on-site training and support as Levy familiarised herself with the console. “The Prosound staff have been fantastic and super supportive throughout and I would like to thank Ryan, Lee, Andre and Chris for getting the desk here and sorted for me. I would also like to say a very big thank you to Mark Malherbe for answering all the phone calls and for taking time out from his own busy ‘CGA' set up to give me the Midas PRO1 ‘crash course', and mostly for making this all happen.”

Beauty and the Beast ran until January 6th 2013.

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Tags: midas, beauty and the beast, theatre, Durban, PRO1, elizabeth sneddon theatre, durban international film festival, poetry africa, prosound, darkhorse productions

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