New York (November 2, 2006)–Digidesign annouced that it has shipped over 300 of its Venue digital live sound systems in the past 18 months. The desks have been put to use on major live festivals and tours, in houses of worship (HOW) and theater installations, and live-to-air TV and radio broadcast applications. Some of the major tours have included Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Barbara Streisand, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, Beck, Dixie Chicks, U2, Black Eyed Peas, Dave Mathews Band, Tom Petty, and Pearl Jam.
The number of systems out and about is expected to jump considerably with the addition of the new D-Show Profile compact mixing console, as well as the latest D-Show 2.5 software upgrade.
Robert Scovill, Digidesign’s market manager for live sound products, remarked, “It’s been both inspiring and affirming to see this level of acceptance by a very wide cross section of users in such a short time. It speaks to a user base that was clearly prepared to accept some paradigm shifts in both workflow and the generally accepted technology used in live sound. My belief is that this marks the beginning of a changing landscape in not only sound reinforcement, but live audio in general, and I’m confident that Digidesign will lead this charge for some time to come.”
The Montreaux Jazz Festival used Venue systems this summer. “In the festival environment, which is always an audio challenge because of the sheer number of bands we accommodate, we knew we would eventually have to move to digital,” said Bernard Natier, senior sound supervisor for the festival. “When we discovered the Venue, it changed everything. The console has a reputation for its intuitiveness and has begun appearing on many a tour rider. In the past twelve months, it has really taken off.”
Meanwhile, at the Irving Bible Church in Irving, Texas, technical director Dave Younkman chose Venue, plus a Pro Tools|HD system for recording the facility’s annual Drumming For Jesus event. “When it came time to buy a new console for our room,” said Younkman, “I knew I had to go digital because of how often we changed up our staging and programs. I couldn’t get away from analog until I heard the Venue. I was able to hear the music instead of the ‘digital’ I heard on other desks. It has tons of great-sounding plug-ins, and it’s easy to use. We love it!”