New York, NY (December 20, 2006)–Relatively unknown in the U.S., Thunder is a legacy hard rock band in the U.K., able to sell out halls across the land with fans who come to get their fill of heavy metal…uh…thunder. SSE Audio Group is supplying audio services for the band’s current jaunt, and one of its four new Soundcraft Vi6 digital consoles is along for the ride
Thunder FOH Engineer Pete Russell at one of SSE Audio Group’s four new Soundcraft Vi6 digital live sound consoles.The Soundcraft Vi6 is in the hands of FOH engineer Pete Russell, who has been mixing the band for nearly 12 years. Also a project manager for the SSE Audio Group, Russell has been close to the development program of the Vi6, but this is the first opportunity he has had to use the console on the road.
“Although it’s right up there sonically, the outstanding quality of this desk is that it is just so user-friendly,” commented Russell. “I’m very impressed by the amount of information that is available on the surface, and how easy it is to use it. The layout is excellent; within two minutes of seeing the Vi6 for the first time, I could work out how to mix on it. You can’t say that of many digital consoles.
“Thunder is a very live band so I can’t really program the mix; it’s very hands-on; I fly by the seat of my pants. There are no backing tracks. Guitars, amps, drums, they play–that’s it. So I’m not using the snapshots or presets for this band, just setup memory and gig memory, plus setup for the support band, although that would be different if it was a band where one could preset or program a lot of the mix.”
An unusual aspect of this tour involves the support act slot being put up as a competition prize. Dates were divided up between five winning bands, so Russell is seeing a lot of new faces at the mix position. “With the setup memory safely on the desk, I am perfectly happy for the support engineer to come out and use the main console.” With the support band(s) using the same console, Russell has no backup plan, demonstrating his confidence in the stability of the Vi6 platform. “I’ve got a phone, and Andy Brown and Simon Roome from Soundcraft are at the other end of it! They’ve given me all the backup I need.”