Oct 02, 2002


Belgian Rental Companies Back MH4

--The success of Soundcraft’s MH4 continued this month as the gravy train rolled into Northern Europe.

Philip Van Loo’s Bruges-based company, PVL Sound & Light purchased a second 40-channel desk to add to the MH4 they acquired earlier in the year. In fact during the past year the company has purchased no fewer than nine desks to service work in the Flemish-speaking part of West Belgium.

The 20-year-old sales and concert touring specialists, had desperately needed a new touring desk, having sold their Soundcraft Series 5 recently to a concert hall.

Philip Van Loo took the compact option. “The Series 5 was a little bulky for the scale of theatres we do. I was looking for a desk with the same facilities but with lower weight and dimensions. The MH4 is a perfect solution.”

While their first MH4 was on active duty throughout the summer the new board will go straight out on a 38-date tour, based on a TV talk show and featuring the band Red Harmony. Philip himself will be mixing at front-of-house.

PVL, who have been linking the FOH MH4 with the stage to create an all-in-one board, are impressed by the MH4’s featureset, particularly the flexibility to switch group auxes, the fact that each channel has its dedicated EQ and the Input/Output metering

Philip explained that his company has worked with just about all the Soundcraft desks over the years, including the SM20, SM12, Vienna, K2, Series 2 and Delta Monitor.

Meanwhile, over in Deinze, Peter Vanhove’s Euro P.A. had been the first Belgian company to purchase an MH4, having also been alerted to it by Soundcraft’s territorial distributors, General Audio.

“We needed to upgrade our previous desk and wanted a desk with VCA’s. At this year’s Musikmesse we looked at all desks with VCA’s and Soundcraft was the most impressive,” said Vanhove. He also found that in addition to the VCA’s the desk sported impressive preamps and excellent tone control.

Euro P.A. specialise in one-off events - and are particularly active during the festival season. An engineer for almost 25 years, Peter too has followed the whole evolution of Soundcraft boards, but is now settled on the MH4.

Euro P.A. will use their MH4 largely at front-of-house. “We have a 48-channel desk, and because of the type of shows we do, we need all the inputs.”

Euro P.A. can be reached thru there web pages at or via mail at

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