FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

St. Catharines, ON, Canada

Performance Venue – VENUE | S6L

FirstOntario PAC is a 95,000 square foot cultural complex comprised of four state-of-the-art performance venues (image courtesy of Bob Magee)

L to R: Rob Nicholls (Technical Supervisor), Rob Robbins (Technician), Paul Vajda (Technician), Brent Tomlinson (Technician), David Rapelje (Operations Manager)

“The team here has years of experience with SC48 and Profile systems, so we were all really familiar with the VENUE workflow. We’ve all commented that switching to the S6L is so much easier with its customizable layouts, the ergonomics of the console, and the touchscreens. Certainly the Universe View is one of those things that you don’t think you need until you use it, and then you wonder where it is on all the other consoles. The ability to have two operators on the same console is amazing. For example, two weeks ago the Niagara Symphony Orchestra was in and there were a lot of last minute changes, so while one soundman was working on the patch, typing channel names, making the revisions for 70-plus inputs, I was on the other side of the console dialing up stage monitors, starting EQ’ing—everything would have come to a stop if we didn‘t have the ability to have more than one operator on it. We have a very tight schedule, going from a rock concert one day, to a ballet or dance the next day, and the next day a symphony. That feature alone is going to save us a lot of grief.”

Rob Robbins – audio technician at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre