Feb 04, 2008

Touring & Corporate

Iron Maiden Go Worldwide with Soundcraft Vi6™

--Production company ML Executives has invested in a Soundcraft Vi6 digital console, which will form an integral part of the sound system they are providing for the Iron Maiden world tour.

Provided by Harman Pro UK, the desk itself was chosen specifically for the forthcoming tour after meticulous research by the iconic British metal band’s FOH engineer, Doug Hall, and will be added to ML Executives’ already superior arsenal of touring equipment after the band return home at the end of summer.

Des Jabir, Operations Manager of ML Executives explains their choice, “In previous years we have shipped the entire sound system to each Iron Maiden venue around the world, including stacks, racks, and monitors. This year we are putting together a more streamlined control/monitors package for the ‘plane section’ of the tour – India to South America – to reduce the weight and footprint of what is sent. This new set-up means the FOH desk had to be digital.

“Doug Hall has always preferred working with analogue consoles, so finding the digital desk that met his exacting standards involved a painstaking investigation of the market.”

Jabir continues, “Doug has high expectations, so if he has specified the Vi6, there is absolutely no doubt that it will do everything that he wants in the way that he wants it to.”

“We at ML Executives are all very happy with the console,” says Jabir. “As soon as it arrived, all our engineers wanted to try it out. Every one of them has commented on its intuitive layout, and said how easy it is to navigate around.”

The Soundcraft Vi6 gives direct access to all functions at all times, using touch-screen colour-coded TFT monitors with rotary controls and switches built in and around the glass. This provides maximum information and visibility in a way previously only attributed to analogue consoles.

One of Europe’s leading event production companies, ML Executives has been providing Iron Maiden with premium quality sound systems, backline and associated services for five years, certainly proving that, in the engineers’ opinions they have lived up to their mission statement: ‘To be the best at what we do.’

Jabir concludes, “The Vi6 is a great addition to our stock. We are certainly going to get a lot of work out of it here.”

The first digital console from Soundcraft, Vi6 is the company’s flagship mixing desk aimed at the live and installed sound markets, designed to be the industry’s most powerful, easy-to-use professional digital console in use in the live arena to date.

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