Nov 23, 2005



--For over three decades, Seattle-area promoters, bands, nightclubs and corporate clients alike have called upon Dan Mortensen to provide them with quality live sound reinforcement. Now, Mortensen, who has spent many of those years of shows behind Soundcraft mixing consoles, has added two new GB4 desks to his inventory at Dansound, Inc.

The two GB4s – one a 16-channel and the other a 32-channel – join Dansound’s pro audio equipment collection that also currently includes a Soundcraft Series FIVE, MH4, MH3, Monitor 2, and Mortensen’s first proper console, a 20-channel Series 1S, an early derivative of Soundcraft’s original product.

“I bought the Series 1S back in 1979 and it still works well,” he says. “I vividly remember getting that mixer and being knocked out by its features and sound. It was thrilling to use it. In fact, if it had a few more auxes, it would probably still be up at the Century Ballroom mixing swing and salsa bands.”

Mortensen chose to purchase the GB4s after considering the sheer number of smaller productions that fill up Dansound’s schedule. “Out of the 200-plus shows we do each year, probably 80 percent of them require 16 channels or less, so it made sense logistically to carry a smaller board for those,” he says. “But I didn’t want to give up the sound that I had grown to love from my bigger desks; plus, I wanted to have a few more features than the smaller mixers I had previously been using provided, so the GB4 seemed to be the right piece to fit in my puzzle.

“There’s no question that the input strips on the GB4s are pure Soundcraft. As they used to say in the British car magazines, ‘everything falls readily to hand’. The layout is very logical and there’s no confusion in finding anything.”

Mortensen also appreciates that the desks can provide a fair number of monitor mixes from the house mix position. “Although some of the shows that I do require my Series FIVE at front-of-house and MH4 on monitors, many of the calls that come in are for Econoline van-sized shows that don’t even have a budget for two people. So the fact that we can run six monitor mixes off of these desks is terrific for those gigs.”

Reflecting on his years of mixing, he adds, “I’ve owned many Soundcraft products over the years and have always found them to sound very pleasant and be highly reliable. The simple fact that I’ve been a repeat customer since their early days when they were distributed from Kalamazoo shows how happy I have been with them.”

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