Diablo Sounds SCLA’s HENRY IV Production

The Sound of Shakespeare: Diablo Sound and Shakespeare Centre of Los Angeles

In 2018, Diablo Sound designed the sound for Shakespeare Centre of Los Angeles’ (SCLA’s) highly publicised outdoor production of HENRY IV in an entirely built from the ground up venue on the West Los Angeles VA Campus.

Principal Designer and President of Diablo Sound, Drew Dalzell, explained: “In the beginning, it was a very big deal. Shakespeare Centre Los Angeles was one of our very first clients. We provided them with sound equipment to reinforce vocals, and at that time, it was all the equipment we had. Now, it’s just a tiny part of our offering.”

Diablo Sound provides sound design, show control, audio content, and project management for theatre, theme parks, cruise ships, and corporate clients such as Universal, Disney, Marvel, and Nickelodeon.

Drew added: “We always work closely with our clients and give careful attention to every project, from small rentals to full corporate designs. But we have a special place in our heart for SCLA.”

SCLA has been a national leader and innovator in the field of arts and human services.

SCLA’s Artistic Director Ben Donenberg explained:“There is nothing more important in Shakespeare than to be able to hear the language, and there is nothing more challenging than supporting sound outdoors. I know those things will be successful with Drew’s expertise.”

Since 2006, Diablo Sound has designed the sound and provided the sound equipment for numerous productions produced by SCLA in multiple spaces.

In 2018, Diablo Sound went back to the VA Japanese Garden to design the sound for SCLA’s critically acclaimed production of HENRY IV. Diablo Sound provided the complete PA system needed to support the sound design for HENRY IV.

Drew said: “Our mixing console was an Allen & Heath SQ6, we took advantage of the digital mixer’s impressive Automatic Mic Mixing to manage mic levels on the fly.”

Diablo Sound also incorporated QSC K Series speakers, Shure ULX-D wireless microphones, and wireless Clear-Com with 8 channels for crew communication.

Drew concluded: “I value the collaborative relationship we’ve created, and I look forward to many diverse, thought-provoking productions to come.”