New York (May 29, 2007)–The Knitting Factory in New York City celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, a milestone it’s marking with a complete technical overhaul to its main stage sound reinforcement, lighting and video systems. One of the first upgrades brought a 32-mono-/4-stereo-channel Soundcraft MH3 mixing console to the FOH position.
Jason Tubbs at The Knitting Factory’s Soundcraft MH3 consoleKnitting Factory’s head mixer Jason Tubbs chose the console for its feature set and layout. “The MH3 is a really great sounding console,” he said. “The definition I’m getting out of this desk is far greater than we’ve ever had. And the real beauty of it for a venue like ours is that it’s straightforward and analog with great sounding preamps, nice responsive EQ, and more aux sends than I’d ever need.”
The main stage of this multi-level Tribeca music venue hosts diverse lineups nightly and many touring FOH engineers. “I really wanted to keep it simple,” said Tubbs. “We have at least two or three outside engineers here a week, and that’s a number that has actually increased. I wanted a console I knew engineers would be able to simply walk in, sit down and get to work on. I think that’s extremely important at the club level. These are the trenches–you’re on a tight schedule and you’re an hour late for soundcheck and need to load in, set up quick, do your soundcheck and get out of the way for the next band. Things have to happen fast.”
Upgrades to the club also include new powered speakers, a monitor console and outboard processing, which further extend mixing capabilities. “All of these upgrades enhance the overall package we’re providing here at the Knitting Factory,” says Tubbs, “By improving the sound and the lighting, we’re increasing the overall utility of the room. We’re even adding an HD video system.” Raising the club’s profile further, XM Satellite Radio recently launched a Live From The Knitting Factory program, airing shows from both the NYC and Los Angeles Knitting Factory locations. “We’ve worked with Effanel here in New York, and that’s gone really well so far,” says Tubbs of the XM productions. “They simply bring in an HD rig and set it up backstage, so it goes on completely independently of FOH, but the improved room sound overall is certainly a factor.”