Manchester / Liverpool, UK (January 17, 2006)–University concerts are a staple of the UK touring scene, helping new acts and old favorites reach the masses in many a college town. As such, universities’ venues need to stay up to date and recently Liverpool-based SR company Adlib Audio provided complete sound systems for two popular venues on the university live performance circuit, placing Soundcraft MH Series consoles in both of them.
Manchester University has refurbished the sound system for its live venue, the Hop and Grape, which is now to be known as Academy 3. Adlib Audio has equipped it with a new 40-channel Soundcraft MH4 at front-of-house and a 24-channel Soundcraft MH3 for monitors. The University has also opened a fourth live music venue, the Club Academy, which is located in the newly renovated cellar beneath the MU Student Union. For the 600-capacity space, Adlib Audio designed and installed a sound reinforcement system built around the Soundcraft MH4 front-of-house console, which was requested by the University’s own engineers, John Lyd and Tony Small. Powered entirely by Crown amplification, the system also features dbx processing and a full dbx DriveRack remote control system.
Liverpool Academy 2, a traditional 1930s theater with a capacity of over 400 people, has a unique removable ceiling that reveals a balcony, used on very busy nights, and now it also boasts a new sound reinforcement setup. The system includes a 40-channel Soundcraft MH3 console at front-of-house and 24-channel MH2 console in support, specified by Adlib Audio and provided to the University on a long-term hire. All system processing is BSS and amplification is by Crown.