Eugene, OR (August 29, 2005)–Engineers Steve Ehrlich and Bill Walker, owners of Velvet Thunder, recently acquired a new Audient Aztec Live Performance console from Audio Exchange International, Inc. (AXI), and brought it to the High Sierra Music Festival. After seeing the Aztec in action at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., Ehrlich and Walker knew that they had to get their hands on one.
Engineer Bill Walker, one of the owners of Velvet Thunder, works the Aztec Audient Live Performance Console for Railroad Earth, the opening band for String Cheese Incident. The Aztec was supplied by Audio Exchange International.
“The Aztec sounds amazing,” said Walker, who has used it as a monitor console. “As far as analog graphs, there’s nothing superior. After running it with performers Lucinda Williams and John Doe, I was especially impressed by the monitor rigs sound and the fidelity. Ultimately, the Aztec is going to be used for a lot of shows.”
The Audient Aztec Live Performance console features a rugged lightweight frame structure and class-leading audio performance with 12 VCA sub groups with VCA solo, 4 band EQ with parametric mid, optional full stereo out put modules, as well as many other extensive features.
“Velvet Thunder is a touring sound company and is always in a different venue,” said Chris Walsh, director of sales and marketing for AXI. “They needed a console that is easily transportable, but still has the powerful equalizers that a stationary Audient has. The new Aztec Live Performance console is designed specifically for the sound reinforcement, professional, used equally at home, on the road, or in a fixed installation.”
The Aztec is available in four frame sizes providing 32, 40, 48 or 52 inputs, 2 additional stereo line inputs, and a stereo ambience mic input. Its high-tech feature set is the result of long experience combined with the feedback of many respected sound reinforcement professionals.
“We’re able to use it on monitor shows for 12 mixes and put it in as a house desk,” said Ehrlich who used it as a front of house console. “It’s an excellent console and so easy to set up. It doesn’t take more than two guys to set it up and run it. We do a lot of shows where we are teamed up with really big national sound companies that do tour work, so this Audient really helps us out and saves us time.”
Velvet Thunder also used the Aztec console for the opening support of String Cheese Incident at Hornings Hideout in North Plains, OR.
Located in Eugene, OR, Velvet Thunder has worked with such major artists as Chrissy Hynde and the Pretenders, POD, and Mary Chapin-Carpenter. Initially involved in speaker development, Ehrlich and Walker have been revolutionizing the sound industry for the past thirty years. They provide service to venues across the nation, particularly locations in Oregon, California, and Washington D.C.
Audio Exchange International, Inc.