London’s SSE Audio Group started the summer festival with a purchase of four Soundcraft Vi6 consoles for use as monitor mixers.
Having already purchased Soundcraft Vi1 consoles, the latest addition brings SSE’s count to eight Soundcraft mixers. SSE project manager Pete Russell commented: “A lot of our business is supplying control and monitor packages, and the Vi6 is proving extremely popular with bands.
“Monitor engineers choose to take them because of their intuitive nature, their compact footprint and the fact they are good ‘on the fly’ when they have to be set up quickly. “They also like the sound and the intuitive nature of the desk.”
This month alone all Vi6’s were out with artistes including Mark Ronson, Chase & Status, Tinie Tempah, Kooks and at the Global Gathering Festival. At the same time a pair of the equally popular Vi1’s were out with Bullet for My Valentine, and elsewhere on Global Gathering.
“The Vi1 is a perfect solution for those requiring all the facilities in a really compact form factor. For small tours it’s ideal — and we are also selling a lot of these desks.”Article continues below
Russell also states that there are extra dimensions Soundcraft’s Vistonics II platform provides — aside from its suitability for first-time digital users. “It’s the most intuitive of all the digital desks,” he says. “And with the Vi6 you can’t overload the DSP with plug-ins because they have separate cards for the FX — which is great. Engineers also love the quality of the sound.”
For SSE Audio Group the 2011 Festival season has been busier than ever. “We have a fantastic design team working on festivals, and from a sound perspective manage to achieve the best result for the punters while at the same time keeping the licensing authorities happy.”