Liverpool, England (August 4, 2006)–AdLib Audio has placed an initial order for two new Soundcraft Vi6 digital audio consoles after the desk turned in a perfect performance at rehearsal sessions for the Scissor Sisters in London. Dave Kay of AdLib confirms that the Vi6 is his “board of choice” for the group’s forthcoming U.S. and U.K. tours.
Pictured are (l-r): FOH engineer Dave Kay with Paddy Boom, Jake Shears, Del Marquis and Babydaddy of Scissor Sisters at the Soundcraft Vi6 console.After just one gig at a student venue, Kay was confident about putting the new console in front of the Scissor Sisters as the group prepared for its summer festival dates. “It’s a very stable digital platform, delivering fantastic audio quality,” he said. “It’s the first digital console I’ve used where the metering and dynamics behave like an analog console. The Vi6 uses the same language as an audio engineer, and I feel it’s really smoothing out the transition between analog and digital.”
As one would expect from an experienced engineer, Kay has mixed on practically all of the digital desks currently on the market. “I’ve always found digital consoles a bit fiddly and slow,” he noted. “It’s like mixing with one hand tied behind your back! My reservation is not the sound of digital desks, it’s the speed of operation. Most consoles are hampered by the interface, which can be too complicated and slow you down to the point where it starts to interfere with the creative process.
“The Vi6 has the Vistonics touch-sensitive interface, which allows you to go directly to where you want to do something and make the change, and you only have to go to one place to do it. It’s much quicker; in fact, there are many things that are a lot quicker to do on the Vi6 than on an analog console, such as the ganging facility. You can link all the channels together, and, once they’re linked, anything you do on one channel affects all of them. You can use this, for example, to set up the whole desk really fast.”
Kay was particularly tickled by the desk’s USB interface, which allowed him to leave rehearsals with his entire Scissor Sisters mix data backed up on his mobile phone (a Nokia N91 with a 4GB hard drive).
The team from AdLib has been involved with the development cycle of the Vi6 from the start, and Kay is still working with Andy Brown at Soundcraft on features that will enhance the spec. “There is tremendous expansion potential on the Vi6,” Kay explained. “It’s very easy to add new features, and we’ve found Soundcraft very responsive to any creative input from our side. I think this desk is going to become an industry standard. It’s a fantastic console, the stability and reliability are very impressive, and its use is not just limited to front of house.”
Those Scissor Sisters rehearsals also saw the first pairing of the Soundcraft Vi6 with the new PinkPig Audio MADIcorder, which allows recording of 64 channels simultaneously via an optical link.
“For any console, this is an essential tool,” Kay added, “especially for bands wanting to produce live recordings. The band is really excited about having this facility at front of house, and, from my point of view, it’s another reason to take the leap into the digital world.”