Audio-visual

These details are provided to answer some of the questions which might arise when planning a Staged Event.

Most Hall users would not need to know any of this stuff; they would simply discuss their requirements when booking the Hall.

Our Committee member Rhyswyn Thomas can explain the facilities to you.

If you still want to know the details then here we go:
Please find a summary below.
More details at these links on Lighting and Sound.

Summary:

For discos and parties, it is possible to plug up to six disco lights into independent switches without using the Lighting Desk.

Stage lighting is controlled through an industry-standard DMX control system: The lights are plugged into one of two control banks (electronic dimmers). Commands are sent from a portable Lighting Desk via control cables plugged either into the Stage Connector Box or the hall Rear Connector Box.

Stage lights are potentially dangerous and should only by operated by authorised people familiar with the dangers. Such a person must also supervise all the time the lights are in operation. There is a particular danger of fire from the powerful lights if placed too close to curtains etc. See the link above for more detail on the Lighting system.

The Hall left and Right main Speakers are driven from either of the Stage Connector Box or the Rear Connector Box with input coming from an amplifier plugged into one of these boxes. Normally an Auxiliary amplifier (on the Stage back wall) is left plugged in but for Shows the amplifier built into the portable Sound Desk is used. Audio from both left and right channels can be fed to a Filler speaker at the left hand side of the Hall (only needed if the Hall is packed) and also into the Committee Room if desired.

Separate T-Loop systems are available both in the main Hall and in the Committee Room for hearing-aid users, but these are only fed from single microphones in the ceilings of each room respectively. See the link above for more detail on the Audio systems.

There are two display screens, one to the left of the Stage (operated manually) and one over the front centre of the Stage (operated by an Up/Down switch to the right of the Stage near the lighting switches).

There can be a video camera hanging from the front-of-Stage lighting bar, sometimes used to relay pictures into the Kitchen area for instance.

There is a video projector hanging from the ceiling near the front-of-Stage lighting bar.

Auditorium lights are controlled by 2-way switch banks, one to the right of the Stage near the Stage lighting switches and the other at the back of the Hall. A dimmer slider allows all lights to be dimmed at once from the Stage. There is a switch at the foot of the Stage steps to put out the final courtesy lighting when leaving the Hall. Each switch bank also has some key-operated test switches to test emergency lighting. (Emergency lighting comes on automatically in the event of power failure)

The Auditorium Light Switches operate lighting banks in rows across the Hall ceiling:
Starting at the Left Switch and moving across the top:
Back three banks, next three banks, next three banks, the front single bank nearest the Stage.
Middle Row: The left switch controls the lights in the Hall extension area to the left (looking towards the Stage).

The switch panel on Stage has some extra switches:
Middle Row 2nd from L:         Stage back working lights
Middle Row 3rd from L:         Exit light over Stage steps near Hall door
Middle Row 4th from L; ie R:  Stage front working lights
Bottom Row 2nd from L:        Stage exit light at back of Stage