Imperial Theatre is an iconic—and historical—place in Japan when you talk about its music industry arts. Now, the place is getting a revamp on its audio system, with a DiGiCo SD10T console and a theatre specific software.
Locally known as Teigeki, Japan’s Imperial Theatre was built in 1911 in a Renaissance architectural style, and popular for being the first theatre in Japan that exudes a European ambiance and style. During the summer of 2018, the theatre’s sound system was upgraded with the installation of a DiGiCo SD10T, SD-Rack, SD-MINI Rack and SD-Nano Rack with new 32Bit ADC/ DAC cards. This sound software was supplied by DiGiCo’s Japanese distributor Hibino Intersound Corporation. It was an addition to the existing audio system that was composed of SD7T and SD8 system.
Mr. Akiyama, an audio engineer from flicpro co. who does music production for the Imperial Theatre, said: “DiGiCo consoles and the theatre version software are essential for our work in musical theatre. In musicals, it is common for more than two actors to play the same role. Before we had the DiGiCo theatre specific software, we used to look at the cast lists to check which role was performed by whom, and then recall a library to set up EQ and so on. Now, we don’t have to go through this process because the player’s function allows us to set up EQ, compression, and attenuators for each actor and actress and each setup can be reflected in a scene really easily. It helps us a lot!”
“Having a common way of working across all DiGiCo console is amazing,” Akiyama added, praising the new console upgrade. “Once we learned the SD7, we could easily use other DiGiCo consoles. Also, being able to set everything up using the offline software allows us to imagine the actual operation of the console, which means there is no stress when we actually load session files to it. Not only is the functionality great, but so is the physical size of the console since musicals in Japan are often done by two operators; one for the wireless microphone and another for mixing the orchestra, which means two consoles occupy more space. Taking all this into consideration, we chose the SD10T as the ideal solution.