Utrecht’s Theatre Stadsschouwburg chooses ASL digital
Stadsschouwburg Theatre in Utrecht opened in 1941 and has become one of the best known theatres in the Central Netherlands, staging a wide variety of shows from traditional theatre and cabaret, to dance, opera, circus and youth performances. It has two main auditoriums, which have 1000 and 225 seats, and is known for its high technical standards. It now boasts an ASL digital intercom system.
When Arnout Verdonk, Stadsschouwburg’s sound technician, started looking for a new intercom system he put several to test, and the whole technical team was involved in making the right decision.
“We decided on the ASL digital system because of its flexibility and its ability to easily interface to our existing analogue intercom systems, wireless systems and 4-wire equipment,” Verdonk explains. “We are a theatre with many different productions (more than 380 in the two auditoriums each year) and everything we do must be done in a fast and reliable way. Sometimes we had problems when OB vans and rental companies came to the theatre and wanted to connect to our analogue intercom system. Now, with the ASL digital system, the problems have been solved and everyone is really happy.”
As well as the standard of the equipment, ASL Intercom’s service was also extremely important to the Stadsschouwburg’s team.
“We had a few requirements that we wanted to be included in the software and ASL was very prompt in ensuring they were implemented,” continues Verdonk. “If you want to change something quickly, it’s easily done with the ASL Configuration software. A colleague of mine asked me if I could add a group to his station dedicated to the stage floor crew. He was extremely surprised and impressed to have this group available within two minutes.”
The ASL system comprises a DS 4002M Matrix unit, two DS 830 eight channel Speaker Stations complete with gooseneck microphones, ten DS 290 2-channel Beltpacks, a DS 700 interface box, a DS 71 party-line interface, four 4-wire interfaces and a DS 77A analogue audio interface.
“When the system was installed, I planned a two and a half hour introduction and training session with all of our crew, expecting that a lot of explanation might be needed,” Verdonk concludes. “But we were ready in no time as the ASL system is self-explanatory. The crew has been working with the system now for a couple of months and everyone is very happy with it.”