London (January 13, 2005)–Musician, writer and producer Tony Moore has been presenting new talent at The Bedford in Balham, using the Shakespearean Globe Theatre four nights a week. As a result, the venue’s audio system has been updated with a new Soundcraft GB seires console.
“We’ve always tried to work with the best gear that’s available at the time,” said Moore, “but the shows at The Globe can be quite complex in their lineups.” However, the new desk, he says, is sufficiently flexible to mix any lineup, from a solo acoustic singer-songwriter to a full band ensemble.
“We have 32 channels of line or mic inputs plus four stereo channels, so instead of using channel returns for effects, we can dedicate four stereo channel returns for four stereo effect returns without losing any of the 32 channel inputs. Having that number of channels and subgroups, plus aux sends, gives us the chance to give everyone a great mix, and is simple for any of our three house engineers to operate. It’s remarkably efficient for such a small footprint desk and provides good control level reference even under low-light conditions.”
The GB Series is augmented by a generously specified outboard rack, which includes two four-channel BSS compressors. “These are brilliantly workmanlike; because we have so many band instruments coming through the mix, it’s important to be able to limit and compress the sound without affecting the quality of the performance,” Moore added. On top of that, a five-way monitor mix has every channel assigned to a BSS graphic. “In that way we can contour the sound for everyone so that they get the chance to be heard in the correct way.”
Moore’s endeavors to give emerging bands a platform–and record company A&R people a permanent shop window–was recognized recently when he was inducted into the Music Managers Forum Roll of Honor, with the nomination for an ‘Outstanding Contribution to British Music’ award.