Studer and MSI shaking hands on the deal just prior to the recent AES Convention in New York City. L-R: Shane Morris, principal engineer, Soundcraft Studer Group USA; Peter Weber, Vista product manager, Studer; Bob Goldstein, owner and founder, Maryland Sound International; Bruno Hochstrasser, president, Studer / executive VP of sales, Soundcraft Studer Group; and Ian Staddon, vice president of sales, Studer. Baltimore (October 11, 2007)–Maryland Sound International (MSI) has updated its rental inventory with a brand new pair of Studer Vista 5 SR digital live production consoles, which were just officially unveiled at the AES Convention in New York City.
“We compared the Vista 5 SR with most of the premium touring digital consoles on the market; however, we felt that none of them were quite capable of matching the feature set offered by the Studer,” says MSI Founder and Owner Bob Goldstein. “Plus, as technology continues to advance, the Vista 5 SR control surface and components can easily be upgraded via software updates ensuring that these consoles will continue to be state-of-the-art for years to come.”
MSI has already taken delivery of its twin multipurpose Vista 5 SR consoles, which will most often be utilized together as a front-of-house and monitor desk pair. The compact 32-fader consoles are each custom configured with 88 inputs and 96 kHz DSP with total redundancy.
Goldstein cites the Vista 5 SR’s unrivaled flexibility and intuitive operation as key reasons behind the company’s plan to make a significant investment in a Studer solution. “Engineers, in general, hate limits,” he notes. “If you have an idea, you want to be able to implement it without being told you have to settle for something less. Every engineer that has looked at the Studer console has remarked on the ease of use and lack of restrictions placed on what they can do with it. With the potential for 60 DCA/VCAs and up to 300 inputs, the Vista 5 SR presents operators with virtually no boundaries. And I think that once engineers are able to experience this desk for themselves, they’ll be asking for it in droves.”
The new consoles integrate extremely well with MSI’s primary ‘racks and stacks’, which are Crown I-Techs and JBL VerTecs, allowing the company to take full advantage of the many inherent benefits of Harman Pro’s System Architect software and HiQnet networking, monitoring and remote control capabilities.
Concurrent with the Vista 5 SR’s launch at AES, MSI staged an invitation-only event at Manhattan Center Studios where it gave a number of FOH engineers the chance to mix guitar luthier Paul Reed Smith and his band live on the desk. Monitor engineers were likewise able to perform a real world mix on a Soundcraft Vi6 digital console, which features a derivation of Studer’s Vistonics interface.
“We know many folks who could certainly benefit from the Vista 5 SR’s features,” adds Goldstein. “We plan to take the next six months to demonstrate these consoles to a lot of our engineers and clients, and we’re already eagerly anticipating using them at the Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration in New York.”
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