Philadelphia, PA (August 22, 2014)—The Philadelphia Funk Authority, a funk, soul and R&B group that caters to the area’s weddings, private events, festivals, clubs and concert scene, recently purchased a Harman Soundcraft Si Expression 2 console to mix performances.
Heading up the technical department for the band is Andrew Kowal, a trumpet player who has been a musician for 30 years. While taking on the responsibilities of an onstage mixer, he needed an intuitive console that allowed him and the band members to simultaneously control the sound dynamics of the show and their own performances.
“While onstage, I can operate the console and other band members can tweak their monitor mixes, meaning that we required an intuitive solution that could keep up with our dynamic pace,” said Kowal. “Having 24 channels is very comfortable for a 9-piece band with four lead singers and three horns, but having the flexibility to mix five discrete monitors at the same time while playing music is great.”
Acquiring the Si Expression 2 also meant band members carried less gear to each show, and they no longer required additional racks and outboard equipment, resulting in a setup time of less than an hour.