CONCERT SOUND MAKES ILLEGAL USE OF SOUNDCRAFT Vi6 FOR UK TOUR
One of the hardest-working bands on the British touring scene has been putting Soundcraft's Vi6™ digital audio console to a gruelling test. Concert Sound has been providing PA for the Illegal Eagles' 10-week tour, and, according to front-of-house engineer Tim Peeling, the new Vi6 has easily handled life in the fast lane.
Peeling has been enjoying peaceful easy feelings behind the new Soundcraft console. "I've used pretty much every digital console out there, but Soundcraft has taken it all a stage further," he says. "Even though the desk has a compact footprint and the displays are all quite neat, you only have to touch what you want to deal with and it gets bigger. Whereas lots of consoles are menu-driven, the Vi6 layout always lets you know where you are. It was quick to pick up, intuitive in operation and, soon, as quick to navigate as an analogue console."
Peeling swears the mic pre-amps are at least as good as anything else he's used. ""I just love the way it sounds," he continues. "After all, what's the point in having loads of features if the desk doesn't sound any good? The Illegal Eagles, with their 5-part harmonies and acoustic guitars, have challenging dynamics and the front-of-house desk needs to be sonically excellent to handle them well. I've got 5U of FX processors in my rack, but in fact I'm running the system almost flat, and just using the 4 bands of parametric EQ built into the desk's outputs."
Concert Sound carries a comprehensive inventory of digital audio consoles, so its engineers are well placed to judge the strengths of the Vi6. According to Tim Boyle, the experience with the Illegal Eagles has proved that the desk not only sounds good, but sounds good on the road.
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