SSE Sales has supplied an AVID Profile and PQ combination to Trevor Horn and Music Bank
SSE Audio Group has enjoyed a close working relationship with Music Bank for many years, providing support through equipment dry-hire and servicing. This has often included the dry-hire of AVID Profile systems.
Music Bank is part of record Producer Trevor Horn's SPZ Group, which also includes the world-renowned SARM Studios, music publishers Perfect Songs and two of the most celebrated record labels of the past thirty years Stiff Records and Zang Tuum Tumb.
So when Trevor Horn decided to invest in an AVID Profile system for use on his own live shows, Music Bank's Manger, Jimmy Mac suggested SSE as an obvious choice of supplier:
"To me it was an easy choice, as we know that SSE deal with AVID consoles all the time. They know what they're doing with the packaging and will be able to offer us the best support as they have their own consoles as well."
Triple Brit Award-winning Trevor Horn, CBE, has been called 'The man who invented the eighties,' with a huge back catalogue of hits that he has both performed with 'The Buggles' ('Video killed the radio star'), 'Yes' and more recently 'Producers' and has also produced, including 'Kiss from a Rose' (Seal), 'Do they know its Christmas' (Band Aid) and various tracks from Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Simple Minds and Pet Shop Boys right through to Charlotte Church, Robbie Williams and t.A.T.u.
AVID was the obvious choice for Trevor Horn and his studio/live sound engineer Tim Weidner, with their considerable experience with Pro Tools systems in the Studio.
Tim Weidner comments "Using the Profile in the live environment is great as it is all very familiar to us as Pro Tools users and we use many of the plug-ins in our work. It's fantastic also having Pro Tools integration so we can record and playback live/studio work in either setting."
What really clinched it for Trevor was also being able to use the PQ Rack and PQ Controllers with the AVID Profile system, as this not only provided the ProTools cross over they were looking for, but also gave Trevor Horn and his highly experienced Orchestra of musical legends the control they wanted over their own monitor mixes.
The system was supplied with 8 x PQ controllers. The PQ controller is essentially an extension of the Profile surface and is fully integrated so the engineer can see what is happening at all times and still has overall control. The PQ controller has 12 sources, with 'Groups' forming the bulk of these sends, making it straightforward for the artist to control.
Snapshots are also used heavily with the Trevor Horn Orchestra's set. These function to change settings on the PQ controllers meaning that a snapshot recall will quickly adjust PQ controllers to adapt to a specific song.
The 9 piece Trevor Horn Orchestra features Ash Soan, Pete Gordeno, Phil Palmer, Simon Bloor, Julian Hinton, Kirsten Joy, Kate Westall and Trevor himself.
The first live show using the new AVID Profile System was held on Thursday July 26th at 'The Half Moon' in Putney. This was a great success enjoyed by band and audience alike and was a warm up for bigger shows the band will be performing in Japan in August.
In addition to the Profile system, the package included full Sigma Fabrications touring flight cases with stencilled Music Bank logo (when Trevor isn't using the desk it will be in use at the rehearsal facility) and extras including additional Stage outputs, additional DSP Mix Engine, FOH IOX, HDX (Pro Tools interface), PQ rack and 8 x PQ Controllers.
SSE Sales also supplied an APC UPS, full mains distribution and a Van Damme HD Vision Pro 4 Core Co-axial multicore and cable trunk. The packaging includes some neat touring standard cabling that offers full redundancy on mains for the FOH Rack and Surface and a redundant co-axial link between FOH and Stage.
The complete package was delivered to SARM Studios by SSE on Monday July 23rd, ready for rehearsals there.
SSE would like to thank Trevor Horn, Music Bank, The SPZ Group, and all involved.
Released on 15th August 2012 (Ref. GP/AP)