Jimmy Sarikas recently used his Soundcraft Vi3000 console for a private Culture Club performance at the Heaven nightclub in London.
London, UK (November 6, 2014)—New Wave staple Culture Club is reuniting for a series of shows throughout the U.S. this month, to be followed by a multi-arena tour in the United Kingdom. At the FOH position is the band’s longtime engineer, Jimmy Sarikas, who recently purchased a Soundcraft Vi3000 console from Harman.
Sarikas purchased the Vi3000 for multiple purposes, including live mixing as well as studio and mobile recording. “I’m a one-stop shop, so I needed a console that could perform multiple functions,” he said. “I can roll up to a festival and do live multi-track recording and broadcast, and I have multiple duplication systems in my truck, so I can give you 200 CDs in a half-hour after the show.”
For the Culture Club shows, Sarikas is running 53 channels to accommodate the multiple vocals and diverse instrumentation on stage, which includes two piano players, several guitars, a brass section and a variety of percussion. He’s also utilizing the Soundcraft Realtime Rack, a 1RU box that features a library of Universal Audio plug-ins.
“I’m loving the Dante connectivity because I record 64 channels in and 64 channels out for virtual sound checks as well as my multi-track recordings,” Jimmy noted. “I’m working with two machines for that [Mac Minis with SSD hard drives]. Both computers fit in a 1RU rack located in the flight case of the Vi3000: one is my recording device and the other is the Realtime Rack.” The computer with the “Realtime Rack” software also records a redundant 64 channels of multi-track audio via the secondary Dante output. The two screens also slide into compartments in the case.”