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Soundcraft update for major London venue

Out with the old, in with the new!

Venue the indigo, the east London venue attached to the O2, has replaced its old consoles with some new ones.

After a six-month process during which they reviewed options, the indigo decided to replace both desks with Soundcraft’s new generation Vi7000, supplied by Soundcraft Vi Select Dealer, SSE Audio Group.

“We had done very well with the Vi6’s but they were showing their age,” says technical manager Rob Burrows. “We had the original first generation desks and they had gigged extremely hard, but they lacked DSP cards and the show files were now incompatible.”

Economically it would not have been viable to upgrade the existing desks and so they contacted SSE sales director, Alex Penn. “We had just carried out the installation at the Hammersmith Apollo, which is another AEG Live venue,” he said, taking up the story. “Of course we have always been big Vi resellers – so it was a perfect fit.”

Freelance house sound engineer, Matt Valentine, was one of the people involved in specifying the consoles. “The Vi7000 is an incredibly user-friendly desk,” he stated. “For a lot of inexperienced engineers coming through we provide a ‘three minute overview’ because the desk works in channel strips and it’s so visual… there’s not page after page in the background to trip you up.”

SSE also supplied a Soundcraft Realtime Rack Ultimate package which provides 74 UAD plug-ins. Together with all the dynamics (including the coveted BSS DPR-901 parametric EQ) and eight Lexicon legendary reverb processors onboard the console itself, for the first time production have been able to banish their outboard rack entirely. “This means that we can fit another console alongside should it be required,” added Valentine.