United Kingdom (November 29, 2006)–Here in the U.S., they’re called cover bands, but over in Europe, specialized tribute acts are almost as big as their real-life counterparts. Just take the Illegal Eagles, a musical paean to that smooth SoCal sound of the early Seventies–that has been putting Soundcraft’s Vi6 digital audio console to a grueling test. Concert Sound Limited of Luton, England, has been providing PA for the band’s 10-week tour, and, according to front-of-house engineer Tim Peeling, the new desk handled life in the fast lane.
Illegal Eagles’ FOH engineer, Tim Peeling, with the new Soundcraft Vi6Peeling has been enjoying peaceful easy feelings behind the new Soundcraft console. “I’ve used pretty much every digital console out there, but Soundcraft has taken it all a stage further,” he said. “Even though the desk has a compact footprint and the displays are all quite neat, you only have to touch what you want to deal with and it gets bigger. Whereas lots of consoles are easy to get lost on, the Vi6 layout always lets you know where you are. And after the first half-hour, it is quicker to use than an analog desk.”
Peeling swears the mic preamps are better than anything else he’s used. “I just love the way it sounds,” he continued. “After all, what’s the point in having loads of features if the desk doesn’t sound any good? The Illegal Eagles, with their five-part harmonies and acoustic guitars, have challenging dynamics and the front-of-house desk needs to be sonically excellent to handle them well. I’ve got 5U of effects processors in my rack, but, in fact, I’m running the system flat and just using the four bands of parametric EQ built into the desk.”