Perth, Australia (January 6, 2010)–Channel 7 in Perth, Australia has installed a Soundcraft Vi6 large-format digital live console in its news control room.
“We had a thorough look at the market and I have to admit that originally, I really wanted a Studer Vista 5 console, but it wasn’t within our budget,” confessed Colin Graham, primary operator of the Vi6. “However, in my researching, I came across the Soundcraft Vi6 console and realized that it was really a Vista 5 without as much fruit, and the fruit that it was missing wasn’t what I was interested in anyway!”
Graeme Pennifold, Channel Seven’s engineering manager, stated that there were other contenders, but that they very soon focused on the Studer from an operational view. “We liked the Vistonics control on the Studer; in fact, that’s what really sold us, but we were amazed to find that the Soundcraft Vi6 also has the Vistonic control, but in a console that is much more affordable,” he commented.
“The Vistonic interface on the Vi6 is very intuitive,” agreed Graham. “I would describe it as a fourth generation digital console. Digital consoles very quickly got very powerful, but you really needed to know what you were doing with them. They never really told you what you were doing with them all that clearly.
“Ease of operation is aided by simple things like use of color and who was the genius who thought to drill holes in the monitor so that the knobs were linked to what you were looking at?! When you’re working as quickly as you have to in television, you really don’t want to think that much–you need to be able to react. Paging through things is dangerous to say the least. The fact that everything is only one or two levels down at most is really very helpful.”