Preston Guild Hall And Charter Theatre complex Get The Yamaha Treatment


Preston Guild Hall And Charter Theatre complex, a well known venue on the gig tour for so many bands over the years was scheduled for demolition back in 2014. But, thanks to new owners The Rigby Group, it is currently seeing a major renovation and upgrade program. Naturally any upgrade is going to require installation of a new distributed audio system and this is where Yamaha enter the game.

It’s a big project covering the 2034-capacity Grand Hall, 780-capacity Charter Theatre and a range of restaurants and other facilities. In the most recent phase, Autograph Sales & Installations was asked to supply an unobtrusive but powerful multi-zone audio system for Level, a facility providing a wide range of entertainment and activities, including a multi-screen sports bar and nightclub.


The new phase of the project features two of Yamaha’s new PGM1 zone paging microphones, an MRX7-D matrix processor and DCH8 digital controller hub. Control is provided by two DCP4V4S and two DCP1V4S digital panels, as well as ProVisionaire Touch iPad remote control software.

The ProVisionaire Touch and the new Dante-compatible paging mics are used in combination with the MRX7-D. This arrangement allows each zone to select any input on the system. The inputs include two Sky boxes, two audio sources (streamed and local), two Bluetooth inputs (one behind the bar and another in the VIP area), local DJ input and a link to the cocktail bar, allowing a single DJ to play across two sites and three levels of the second site.

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