New York (October 16, 2006)–Based in Auckland, College Hill Productions recently purchased a Soundcraft Vi6 digital audio console. Founded in 1996 by Chris Tate, the company worked recently with The Rolling Stones and Cher tours and also provides high-end systems for corporate events and theatre productions, as well as working with radio and TV broadcasters in New Zealand.
“We got wind of the Soundcraft Vi6, and the concept for its user interface,” recalled Tate. “That, coupled with the knowledge that the technology has already proven itself in Studer’s Vista Series consoles, left us with only one more thing to check…and I have to say, it is one of the nicest sounding consoles I’ve ever heard. So when it finally arrived in New Zealand, we snapped up the first one.”
Being the first onto the NZ rental market with the Soundcraft Vi6 is seen by College Hill Productions as a bonus. “It gives us a chance to really put it through its paces before the onslaught of regular use from touring engineers,” continued Tate, who gave the console its first major workout at the Trusts Stadium in Waitakere, on the giant Cirque Rocks event featuring the world’s best Cirque acts, X-Games athletes and dancers.
“The reaction from our market has been extremely positive so far,” he said. “The radio and TV guys are delighted to see the Soundcraft Vi6’s MADI interface, which integrates perfectly with their normal equipment infrastructure, and even the lighting guys are jealously commenting on how the Vi6 looks better than their consoles.”