Barenaked Ladies Grab Soundcraft Vi6

Toronto, Canada (August 9, 2007)--The band Barenaked Ladies (BNL) has been around a while, so much so that at least one Pro Sound News staffer can recall seeing the group at the late, great 200-seat venue The Bottom Line in New York City. While the band's mix of catchy pop mixed with equal parts humor and pathos hasn't changed, other aspects have--today, the band's on its own label yet still selling out arenas and venues like Radio City Music Hall, and now, it's also become the first truly high-profile recording/touring act in North America to purchase a Soundcraft Vi6 digital live sound console.
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Barenaked Ladies FOH Engineer Robin Billinton with the band's newly purchased Soundcraft Vi6 console. Toronto, Canada (August 9, 2007)--The band Barenaked Ladies (BNL) has been around a while, so much so that at least one Pro Sound News staffer can recall seeing the group at the late, great 200-seat venue The Bottom Line in New York City. While the band’s mix of catchy pop mixed with equal parts humor and pathos hasn’t changed, other aspects have--today, the band’s on its own label yet still selling out arenas and venues like Radio City Music Hall, and now, it’s also become the first truly high-profile recording/touring act in North America to purchase a Soundcraft Vi6 digital live sound console.

“After having rented a Soundcraft Vi6 for nearly 200 dates--including the popular ‘Ships & Dip’ cruise back in January--the band simply liked the console enough to buy it for themselves,” noted BNL production manager Dean Roney.

Robin Billinton, BNL’s front-of-house engineer, added that “sound quality, size, reliability, and affordability” were the chief reasons behind the recent purchase. “We have the standard 64-input/35-output Vi6 configuration with CAT5 running to the stage box,” he said. “Even on our first dates with the rented system, the console sounded great, was easy to use, and took up very little truck space compared to an analog desk with processing racks, which left much more room for lighting and backline.”

The Soundcraft Vi6 system comprises a compact control surface, a local rack that houses the SCore Live processing engine, and a stage box that connects to the local rack via CAT5/7 cable. A fiber-optic interface also is available as an option.

“We appreciate the fact that the Vi6 facilitates quick setups at festivals and corporate shows; setting up front-of-house requires only two people,” Billinton continues. “The Vi6 has a very compact footprint, which is good for small FOH mix positions. Despite the size, I have found it is very easy to add and assign more inputs and outputs as needed; patching is easy for re-assigning inputs to handle different support acts, for example. We also have the new BSS/Lexicon DSP module--the Lexicon effects sound as great as you would expect, and the BSS EQ settings are easy to use.”

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