Seattle, WA (March 2, 2010)-- Neumo’s Crystal Ball and Reading Room, a popular club in Seattle, installed a Soundcraft 48-input Si2 console with 24 monitor sends in December.
Neumo’s contains a restaurant, Pike Street Fish Fry, the Moe Bar neighborhood pub, and a VIP Room, but the concert hall side of the business is its priority, with a music calendar that has regularly hosted nationally known artists including The Shins, Vampire Weekend, The Raconteurs, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Feist, Connor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band, Super Furry Animals, The Avette Brothers and others.
Kelly Berry, president of K. Berry Associates and designer of the sound system, points out that these and other artists have become heavily reliant on personal monitors, and lots of them. “Where before you might have needed a few outputs for stage monitors, today you need as many as a dozen individual monitor mixes for multiple band members, and for as many as three different bands every night,” he explains. “The musicians have come to expect that capability.” The search for a new monitor console took time; it was first decided that only a digital console would fit the bill. “A traditional analog console simply can’t handle that many outputs,” says Berry.
Berry chose the Soundcraft Si2 , noting, “The recall capability of the Si2 is incredible. Soundchecks go quicker and more productively and there’s no resetting the board between acts; they just hit the recall button and the monitors are ready to go.”
“The installation was a breeze; the Si2 fits in the same footprint as a typical analog console--it doesn’t need a stand-alone computer, and the learning curve was not steep at all. The club’s mixers were up and running on it within a half-hour of seeing it for the first time. We know it’s already made a huge difference in how well the monitoring performs at Neumo’s because the bands tell us so, and they’re the ones you have to please.”
The console was sold to Neumo’s by K. Berry Associates, a Seattle-area sound and lighting systems sales and installation provider, which also provides the club’s other sound and lighting systems. Bay Area-based Plus 4 Marketing sold the Si2 console to K. Berry Associates.