The new desk has already been used on gigs by Supergrass and the Fun Lovin' Criminals, and is heading for a high-profile show in a stadium in Hull, featuring Westlife, Girls Aloud and Triple 8. Jem Walker of JSS admits to being a long-time fan of Soundcraft mixers, owning a stock of smaller general-purpose models such as Deltas, Spirits and Folios, a 40-channel SM12 and a 40-channel K3.
"It seems to me that we have recently moved up into the first division of PA companies, and that has happened principally because we're very professional at what we do, and because our engineers are working with a lot of successful artists. In the light of this expansion, we want to do things properly as far as equipment is concerned, which is why we're looking at a major investment in a new line array system, and why we've bought the Soundcraft MH3."
Walker is already considering his next front-of-house console purchase, spurred on by the expanding workload. "The beauty of the MH3 is that it is a multi-function board," he says, "which gives us welcome flexibility. As and when we buy a Series FIVE or MH4 for front-of-house, we will have the option of using the MH3 as a monitor console. Also it suits our bread-and-butter 4-stack work in the universities; two men can carry it quite easily and it doesn't take up too much truck space. That makes good commercial sense."