Century Village in Deerfield Beach, FL is an adult community that revolves around activities taking place within a central clubhouse housing a 1,600-seat theater that was recently upgraded with a new dLive S7000 and DM64 MixRack from Allen & Heath.
The site presents entertainment ranging from Broadway-style shows to concerts by national touring acts and current movies, with the new Allen & Heath gear provided by ShowPro of South Florida. “This theater, along with a number of other smaller venues in The Sunshine State, are some of the biggest entertainment buyers in the Southeastern U.S.,” says Nicolas Stoner of ShowPro. “That fact alone provides more than a clue of the number of live shows that pass through this room, which total over 100 per year.”
Stoner, along with the theater’s technical director Mike Prudente, first became aware of what dLive could do upon attending one of the Allen & Heath Academy masterclasses hosted by Michael Bangs. “I was sold right there,” Prudente says. “Its user-friendliness struck me immediately. It was amazing how simple it was to make things happen—everything was in front of me all at once.”
After Prudente had the dLive S7000 and DM64 up-and-running, he began to integrate the system with QLab multimedia playback cue-based software. One of QLab’s first functions was to serve as a source for triggering previews and voiceovers seen and heard prior to movie presentations, as well as control of the house lights.
“Whether we’re showing a movie or doing live theater,” Prudente explains, “we rely upon a number of time-coded QLab events. If each isn’t perfectly timed, nothing else follows properly. Linking the dLive S7000 control surface with QLab is really quite simple using Allen & Heath’s TCP/IP protocol, Dante, and a single network cable. With communication capable of going both ways between the two systems, I can trigger effects and other events right from the console while still staying right in my mix and never even having to look at the QLab screen.”