Portugal (November 20, 2008)–Three Portuguese technical production houses–Décibel, Strong and CLS Audiovisuals–have purchased Soundcraft Vi6 consoles for use across different applications.
João Azevedo, local distributor Custodio Cardos Pereira’s commercial manager, believes there is more to follow. “There is a confidence now in the Soundcraft Vi6 to a point where it is starting to appear on tour riders. It has passed all the technical tests, and we can provide new firmware and software updates to customers immediately as we receive it.”
The Vi6’s continuing appearance at major festivals has been a major factor. “It gives sound engineers the opportunity to get hands-on for the first time and experience the ease of using the Vistonics II GUI,” continued Azevedo.
The first company to invest was Porto-based Décibel. Rui Soares, who set up the company in 1992, confirms that both their new Vi6s are permanently out on duty. Aside from providing technical production for the Casa da Musica (House of Music), the company also services a number of festivals; including Festival Músicas do Mundo, Sines, where Human League was recently mixed on a Vi6.
The company with the largest Soundcraft digital inventory, however, is Strong, based in Tondela. General manager Teixera de Matos commented, “By the time the consoles were delivered, all the technical team was able to use the virtual mixer, which had been downloaded from the internet. It’s a very good first approach.”
Not all the Vi6 purchasers are live tour sound companies, however. CLS Audiovisuals is essentially a broadcast company and although based in Lisbon, it also works in Spain, Angola, Dubai and Qatar.
Providing further exposure to sound engineers in Portugal using the Soundcraft Vi6, Puro Audio’s Antonio Monteiro recently sub-hired CLS’ Vi6 for the major Super Bock Super Rock 2008 Festival in Lisbon and Porto, attended by 60,000 people.