DiGiCo’s S21 unleashes new possibilities at Cultural Centre of Zrenjanin

Kulturni Centar Zrenjanina

The Kulturni Centar Zrenjanina (KCZR), or the Cultural Centre of Zrenjanin, stands as a multifaceted institution dedicated to the promotion of culture and is actively involved in curating concerts, thematic forums, exhibitions, film shows, and professional gatherings in the vibrant city of Zrenjanin, Serbia.

Moreover, the centre takes pride in its own artistic endeavours for compelling productions. Such diverse activities demand the integration of top-notch, professional audio-visual equipment for the main stage.

Through successful participation in a public procurement process initiated by the City of Zrenjanin, AVL Projekt, DiGiCo products Serbian distributor, was granted the opportunity to deliver, install, and commission a complete AV system, meticulously tailored to fulfil KCZR’s requirements.

The audio element is centred around a DiGiCo S21 mixing console which offers significant enhancements for the performance of music and stage programmes, as well as film screenings, and provides exciting potential for artistic creation and expression.

The 48-channel DiGiCo S21 is equipped with a DMI card, plus two portable 16 input, eight output IO expander DiGiCo A168 Stages to handle live sound, recording, playback, and FX.

“Additionally, the centre has a selection of dynamic and condenser instrumental microphones, as well as microphones dedicated to choir and speech reinforcement,” said Dragoslav Beljin, Audio Engineer at AVL Projekt.

Following the installation, Beljin provided a two-day in-depth training to AV Technicians Bojan Stanulov, and Srdjan Devic, both part of KCZR’s technical crew.

“Since Bojan had already participated in a previous DiGiCo S21 workshop held by Dragoslav and Jaap Pronk, DiGiCo’s International Sales Manager, at AVL’s demo facility, the recent training served as a refresher for him. Meanwhile, Srdjan used the training to further expand his knowledge of the S21 and gain more experience with the console,” explained Jovica Macos, General manager at AVL Projekt.

He further commended Beljin’s ability as a teacher, emphasising his knowledge, experience, and patience. “In combination with great students, the training has ignited a lot of enthusiasm within KCZR, inspiring the team to utilise S21 to its full potential,” he added.

According to Stanulov, the S21’s interface features extremely logical commands, making the process of learning how to use the console very easy. “All it takes is a little bit of goodwill, and you can quickly work on the S21 on your own,” he noted.

“It’s unlike any other popular digital mixing console I’ve worked with before. And the multifunctionality of S21 is fantastic – we’ve already utilised it for signal distribution during recording with Cubase. It has significantly simplified our workflow in the best possible way!”

“This budget-friendly digital audio console is a dream come true for many publicly-owned and multifunctional cultural centres,” concluded Macos. “The user gains access to full functionality that is typically found only on much larger mixing consoles and at a great price point.”