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  •   A.C. Lighting Supply Soundcraft MH4 Desk for Hackney Empire Restoration

A.C. Lighting Supply Soundcraft MH4 Desk for Hackney Empire Restoration

15th April 2004

A.C. Lighting's Audio division have supplied the Hackney Empire with a Soundcraft MH4 live mixing console as part of the venue's £17m restoration.

The venue began life as a theatre in 1901 and has undergone a number of transformations - including a TV studio and bingo hall - before returning to its original theatre roots in 1986. The venue closed in 2001 to begin a multi-million pound renovation and refurbishment programme designed to re-establish the Empire as a state of the art theatre for the twenty first century.

Amongst the many improvements made to the theatre as part of the renovation is an enlarged orchestra pit, enabling large scale opera, ballet and musicals to visit the Empire for the first time in its history.

When the Empire's owners wanted to bring the theatre's technical aspects right up to date they called on the specialist knowledge and expertise of A.C.'s Audio division to supply a state of the art live sound mixing console. The brief was to provide a desk that would enable the venue to get the best possible sonic performance from its truly varied list of events - including New Variety, comedy, drama, dance, opera, ballet and musicals.

The Soundcraft MH4 40 channel mixing console was chosen due to its versatility in handling a whole variety of live events and its solid, reliable construction. A.C.'s Audio division also supplied an E Z Tilt console stand along with custom audio cabling.

Brian Wren, the Empire's Technical Manager, commented "A.C. Lighting has been a great help whilst we have been looking for the right mixing console for the Hackney Empire. It is important in a refurbishment like ours to deal with suppliers who can give us the support, pricing and delivery when we need it."

On the lighting side A.C. supplied over 200 luminaires, including ETC Source Four, Selecon and Thomas fixtures along with mains cabling and its exclusively distributed Tourmate Multilock extension power cables.