Mar 01, 2001

Music Venues

Series FOUR - Deep In The Heart Of Texas

--La Zona Rosa, a well-known live music venue on the fertile Austin music scene, is now using a Soundcraft Series FOUR console to run its house mix. Regional sound reinforcement company Big House Sound of Austin provided the sale and installation of the desk.

The Series FOUR, a 40-mono-channel model with 4 stereo input channels, was installed at the tail end of December and first used on the club's New Year's Eve show, which featured the local Arista Records band Sister Seven. The new board is located in an elevated mixing booth 75 feet out from the center of the stage and controls a full complement of Crown Macro-Tech amplifiers and Adamson MH225 loudspeakers for the 1200-capacity room.

"Our venue is not defined by any particular genre of music; we book artists from every imaginable style here," says Scot Beeman, La Zona Rosa's production manager. "Consequently, we required a mixing console that would appeal to the widest possible variety of engineers and artists. The Series FOUR does just that. It's a slightly scaled-down version of Soundcraft's universally-accepted Series FIVE and offers most of the same features and functionality for less money. With its eight VCAs and ten auxes, every engineer that has been through here so far has been more than happy with it."

Recent musicians to use the club's Series FOUR have included Keb Mo', The Jayhawks, Everlast, moe and Dust For Life, among others. The ever-popular South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference held in mid-March also brought some 20 groups into the venue to perform over four days, including the likes of David Byrne, Thomas Mapfumo, Paloalto and Train, all of which made use of the Soundcraft.

For SXSW, Big House Sound brought its SM20 into La Zona Rosa to run monitors. The sound reinforcement company also supplied Series FIVE and FIVE Monitor console pairs to Austin Music Hall and Stubbs, two of Austin's larger venues, for the music conference.

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