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Sound Connection Between Alma College and Blueberry Box

The major work done at the Alma Bleuets Box last fall is not only felt in the experience of the spectators. Technicians specializing in sound and artists also benefit. Recently, the technical improvements have enabled a sound connection between the center of the city of Almatois and the Sound Technologies department at Alma College.
T he unique project of its kind in Quebec was made possible thanks to the renovation and improvement of the Blue Box and the fiber optic network installed for the Jeux du Quebec in the winter of 2017.

The equipment of the two places dedicated to sounds include the Dante system, a reference in the field. Thus, the musical performances that take place at the Blueberry Box can now be recorded and mixed in real time from the studios of the College of Alma.

“It’s super fast. We may be asked to film and record the show. Without having to be in the theater, I can mix the sounds received and send it back for the cameras, “explains the teacher and head of departmental coordination in sound technologies at the College of Alma, Marc Duchesne.

The new way of doing things could, for example, allow a singer to perform on the Blueberry Box stages while a guitarist could end up in the studio at Alma College. The low delay is inaudible to the human ear.

To achieve the same result, in the past, the Alma College Sound Technologies team had to move equipment and human resources to the Blueberry Box. The new link saves time, resources and space.

The collaboration has not yet reached its full potential, while in the near future, the video portion of the performance may be added to the current offering. In addition, the Salle Michel-Cote will eventually be connected to the Bleuets Box and the College d’Alma.

The Dante system allows for a sound connection between the Blueberry Box and the Department of Sound Technology at Alma College. The sound is captured and mixed in real time without audible delay to the human ear.
The Dante system allows for a sound connection between the Blueberry Box and the Department of Sound Technology at Alma College. The sound is captured and mixed in real time without audible delay to the human ear.

This collaboration between the City of Alma Spectacles and the Alma College is beneficial for students enrolled in the Sound Technologies program. In addition to sharing knowledge, they have access to the reality of the job.

“This is a system that is a standard. The students will already know the protocol and will be able to operate it, “explains Duchesne.

As part of their schooling, students always go through the Blueberry Box to complete a comprehensive exam. The new connection will be used during the next exams.

For his part, the technical director of Ville d’Alma Spectacles, Martin Auger, ensures that the project was welcomed by his team as an element of motivation. For the record, most, if not all, of the City of Alma Spectacles’ staff are graduates of Alma’s Sound Technologies Program.

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Alan Carter
Alan Carter
Alan Carter has been a reporter on the news desk since 2015. Before that she wrote about young adolescents and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Koz Post, Alan Carter worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella.