New York, NY (June 5, 2015)—Former Jam/Style Council frontman Paul Weller tours the U.S. this month behind his new album, Saturn’s Pattern. On the road overseas since January, Weller’s monitor engineer Samuel Manigley has used a Harman Soundcraft Vi6 digital mixing console, with SSE Hire supplying the board.
Weller’s current touring band is comprised of six musicians including Weller, with a second drum kit having been added to the instrumentation in January. Along with the Vi6, Manigley has a 64-channel Soundcraft Vi Stagebox, plus a Compact Stagebox for additional inputs. “It’s 64 inputs just from the band on stage, so we needed some extra room and the Stageboxes have worked out great,” he said.
Manigley became familiar with—and fond of—the Vi Series consoles last year while mixing monitors for Courtney Love’s academy tour. Manigley found features like the Vistonics II control interface and FaderGlow fader illumination technology useful. “We used in-house consoles everywhere we played and a lot of these academies had Vi4 or Vi6 desks,” Manigley said. “The ease of use with those desks is incredible and the way they’re laid out, you see exactly what you need right in front of you. So I pushed hard for us to get a Vi6 for this tour.”