SSE Supply Vi1 to Pacific Sound & Light.
SSE Sales has supplied the new 32 channel Soundcraft Vi1 to Pacific Sound & Light for installation at the new flagship Glee Club in Nottingham.
The Glee Club, which also has venues in Birmingham, Cardiff and Oxford, is a hybrid threatre hosting comedy and music.
Pacific recommended the desk to Glee Club owners, Comic Enterprises, after working on the Vi1's 'big brother' Vi6 console at the O2 Arena’s IndigO2 while on tour last year.
At the same time, SSE Audio Group had also been speaking to Pacific, which resulted in Jon Nash, the venue’s production manager, attending SSE’s Vi1 launch / training day (the first in the UK).
All parties agreed that this compact desk — measuring half the size of the Vi6 — would provide the perfect solution for the club, and SSE duly arranged shipment.
Installed in the main 450 seat (700 standing) theatre, the Vi1 is used primary for band mixing in the main venue. It can be plugged into any local stagebox and can easily be transported to any of the company’s other three venues. In addition, a MADI card for stagebox connection allows expansion to 64 channels (via CAT5) if necessary.
Comic Enterprises’ artistic director, Alistair Cunningham, had requested a high-end sound reinforcement system, confirmed Pacific's Paul Duffy, “and the Vi1 was clearly the best solution for them all round.
“The desk needed to offer everything required in a small package, and be very rider friendly — at a competitive price. The Vi1 has a very high spec and provides us with a lot of flexibility as there is a monitor position; and if any visiting engineers arrive with a Vi6 they can plug straight into the stagebox, with 64-in and 32-out, as it is compatible with the existing Vi racks.”
Jon Nash is delighted with the new acquisition. “I have worked with digital consoles before — but I really wanted something that was both intuitive, and which would take us through the next five years. I had been asking bands what they would like to see — and the answer kept coming back Soundcraft. It’s something engineers recognise because a lot of people are using Vi6 and Vi4’s — and when I heard the price tag, that did it for me!”
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