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Wednesday, 25 July 2007

                     St George’s Metropolitan Cathedral Makes a Sound Investment

St George’s Metropolitan Cathedral in Southwark, London, has recently made a substantial investment in
an extensive new sound reinforcement system, which includes a portable 16-channel Cadac S-Type
Compact Live Production Console. Designed by Mark Hornsby for Paul Gillieron Acoustic Design, and
installed by Orbital Sound, the system is designed to handle the Cathedral’s wide variety of events and
congregation sizes, forming part of a major £500,000 refurbishment. Key requirements for the sound
reinforcement system included scalability and ease of use, incorporating discrete speaker positioning
around the Cathedral, and a flexible, mobile mixer.

The Cathedral is the mother church for the Roman Catholic diocese of Southwark, and regularly holds
congregations of up to 2000. Designed by the Victorian architect Pugin, the original building opened in
1848 but was destroyed during the Blitz and rebuilt in the 1950s. The refurbishment programme included a
complete rewire and the installation of new lighting throughout, as well as state of the art CCTV facilities
alongside the new sound system. Development Officer Alex Scott explains:
“It was the obvious time to update the sound system, which was originally installed in the early 1990s, and
we had a good look around the market. The acoustic in the Cathedral is challenging to say the least, with a
very omni-directional sound from the organ and lots of problems with delays – especially for the procession
as it gets further away! Mark and Orbital came up with an excellent proposal that appeared to give us the
best options within our available budget, with a degree of over-specification built in to future proof the
system. We have the ability to zone the cathedral extremely efficiently, enabling us to cater for small
services with just 100 in the congregation, as well as full-scale ceremonies, such as the annual graduation
service for South Bank University. We now have a robust, simple system – apart from the occasional
minor tweaks, we can just turn it on and get going. The S-Type is a very flexible facility and is a real asset
– it can be stored away when not in use, and just plugged in wherever and whenever we need it.”

Mark Hornsby approached the design from the perspective of creating an efficient sound reinforcement
system with minimal visual impact on the architecture. The system uses small wall-mounted d&b E0
cabinets, complemented by some judicious high-level microphones over the choir to reinforce the organ
and the choristers. The choice of the S-Type was made on his own experience with the console, as he
“I use the S-Type on a regular basis as part of my own equipment for summer festivals and corporate
events, and am a firm believer in Cadac sound quality and the difference it makes to FOH sound. We
wanted to give St George’s a system that would be able to evolve, as well as one that sounded great and
was straightforward to use. The S-Type fitted the bill on all counts.”
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About the S-Type
Cadac’s compact mixer – the S-Type Live Production Console – is designed for audio applications
requiring a small, compact mixer without any compromises in terms of performance, reliability or
facilities. Ideally suited to repertory theatre, corporate events, venues, industrials and PA rental, the
S-Type is available as 17, 25 or 33-way frames, with a typical 25-way frame comprising 16 mono
inputs, 8 x group outputs, aux outputs, matrix outputs, and DC master faders, plus an osc/comms
module.   The S-Type is highly specified - facilities include a top-end mic input, as used on the
acclaimed J-Type Live Production Console, plus a full 4-band parametric EQ with the ability to switch
the EQ pre the insert point. The S-Type incorporates a fully balanced direct output with level control, 8
switchable post- and pre-fade auxiliary sends - two of which are stereo - a custom-designed stereo
input channel with line input, plus comprehensive metering that is unprecedented on a desk at this
price. The S-Type also uses full size 100mm Penny & Giles faders for total operational flexibility. The
S-Type can be expanded via optional bus connectors, enabling users to link a number of frames to
configure a considerably larger mixer.

The Cadac hallmarks of superb audio quality and intuitive operational flexibility continue to prove popular
across all live sound markets. Cadac remains committed to superior audio performance, matched by
continuous innovation and development – as underlined by the launch of the Cadac S-Digital console. For
more information on the Cadac line-up, please visit
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