For the theatre shows, including two nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the 52-channel monitor desk is paired with a Soundcraft Series FIVE front-of-house console, operated by Ron Burrow, and MSL’s new Renkus-Heinz PA system. “Soundcraft’s FIVE boards are excellent value for money,” comments MSL boss, Andy Salmon. “We were looking for a desk that went up to 48 channels, and Soundcraft offered the best value-for-money. It does the job just as well as the so-called higher-profile boards, and does it for less money! That works for the businessmen among us!”
Monitor engineer Jon Shaw is christening MSL’s new FIVE Monitor board on the Jools Holland dates, using all 48 channels on the 18-piece band and guests. “The EQ works fantastically and sounds great.” Shaw, who has worked with Jools Holland for the last 3 years, is usually a Midas user. “The FIVE Monitor is much more straightforward and easier to read - there’s nothing here that would confuse any engineer, and you don’t have to get the manual out nearly as often!”
Midland Sound & Light is currently enjoying a niche market with TV comedy shows on tour, also using Soundcraft FOH control on ‘French & Saunders’, and providing systems for Ruby Wax and the League of Gentlemen. The Jools Holland tour is expected to re-start in April next year.