May 01, 2002

Music Venues

The Ambassador Turns To Soundcraft

--Forty-channel Soundcraft K2 and SM12 consoles were recently installed at The Ambassador, a large live performance venue built into a former bowling alley in a northern St. Louis suburb shopping center. Local dealer Sound & Lighting Systems provided the sale.

The 1200-capacity venue, which is owned by international catering business entrepreneur Craig Spruill, specializes in hosting prominent R&B, funk and blues artists from the '60s, '70s and '80s, including recent performers like The Barkays, Dazz Band and Shirley Brown.

Randy Anderson and Dimitrius Blanton of St. Louis-based SR company Picture Perfect Sound are called upon to run The Ambassador's system for most concerts. Anderson, who primarily mixes FOH, notes, "The K2's eight stereo effects returns - four on faders and four on pots - give me a lot of flexibility and make the board feel even larger than its 40-channel frame size. Really, for quality and features versus cost, Soundcraft boards can't be beat, and the K2 is a good example of that."

Blanton, who typically mans the monitor rig, adds, "The SM12's noise floor is really low and the completely active parametric EQ on each channel is wonderful for monitors. I also love the LEDs on each input strip as well as the console's mute groups. And, like the K2, the club really appreciated its affordable price."

The K2 is set up in a traditional FOH position along with the club's lighting controls, while the SM12 is located 'stage right'. The two desks are part of a system-wide upgrade that will soon also include Crown Macro-Tech amplifiers driving proprietary custom-built Sound & Lighting Systems cabinets utilizing JBL components.

Soundcraft, a leading British manufacturer of high-end mixing consoles serving live, broadcast, theatre and recording markets, is distributed in the US by Harman Pro North America, a subsidiary of Harman International.

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