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HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 Speeds Up Training Times for Royal Holloway University of London

Scraft_RoyalHolloway copyEGHAM, United Kingdom – The Student Union at the Royal Holloway University of London host a variety of events at a multifunctional venue, which include live music, clubs, conferences, theaters, trade shows, etc. Its technical crew is responsible for approximately 10 different productions a week, and recently purchased a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 in order to train more students in front of house (FOH) audio mixing.

“I purchased a different brand of digital console 18 months ago for our FOH training. My staff here consists of students and it was taking them quite a while to learn on that console, so we started looking at the Soundcraft Vi Series for a replacement. After working with the Vi1 I knew instantly that the user interface was far more straightforward and more intuitive for the crew to learn,” said Karl Travers, Technical Manager of the Students Union, who purchased the console through UK-based Arc Sound.

The highly praised Vi1’s UI became popular due to its widescreen Vistonics™ interface, which retains the same ‘walk-up’ user-friendliness of the other Vi consoles. It displays all parameters for 16 channels side by side, on a single 22-inch Vistonics touchscreen. Also, the Vi1 includes built-in Lexicon effects as well as GEQ’s on all output busses, eliminating even more hassles such as additional sound equipment.

“I’ve found that the console UI is very user-friendly with a short learning curve, which has enabled me to get my staff trained in a short amount of time. This in turn leads to quick and confident operation during shows,” said Travers.

The Soundcraft Vi Series is the ultimate console for people who need a fast setup and an easy-to-use experience. It is the perfect solution for running shows with multiple acts or back-to-back events such as those that Travers is responsible for.

“In the last few weeks we’ve done about seven club nights, a few bands, live PA acts with MC’s and several conferences. So far, the Vi1 has performed extremely well, and the user-definable pages make setup for different shows very easy. On top of that, its gain structure is sweet and requires little work to achieve the desired results,” Travers added.

Soundcraft is distributed in the UK by Sound Technology Ltd.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

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Fitz and the Tantrums Monitor Engineer Finds HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1

Scraft_FitzTantrumsPOTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – This past summer, indie pop band Fitz and the Tantrums has enjoyed a successful string of live concerts throughout the United States, either headlining its own bills or opening for Bruno Mars for several dates. For every show, monitor engineer Aaron Glas has relied on HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 as his monitor console.

Glas is no stranger to the Vi1 and the Soundcraft Vi family. “A few years ago, I was looking for a small-format digital console that could handle 24 outputs and there aren’t many,” he said. “The Vi1 looked perfect. I’ve toured with it for several years now and I’m thrilled to continue mixing on the Vi1 for Fitz and the Tantrums.”

Although Glas has a wealth of experience working with the Vi1 and other Soundcraft Vi Series consoles, his work with Fitz and the Tantrums marks the first instance in which he has used the cue/snapshot feature of the Vi1—something he has found to be a tremendous advantage.

“Using the snapshots with the Vi1 has been a great learning experience,” Glas noted. “We’ll always have the full band at sound check and it’s nice that I can recall what we’ve done the previous night and tweak the mixes based on the band’s requests. With the snapshot feature, I’m able to fine-tune the sound more specifically with each successive performance.”

In addition, the snapshot feature enables Glas to quickly and easily adjust to any changes Fitz and the Tantrums make from show to show. “My cues can change with the set list and all the levels can be recalled nightly so it makes for a pretty consistent performance each time,” he said. “The band has a great comfort level knowing they can achieve the same quality audio night in and night out.”

“The level of support from Soundcraft has also been exceptional,” Glas concluded. “Whether it’s Tom Der or Rick Morris, they’re always very helpful and very responsive.”

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

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Elizabethtown College Packs a Punch with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 Audio Console

Ginette Slaughter and Ryan Carson, student event technicians at Elizabethtown College.

Ginette Slaughter and Ryan Carson, student event technicians at Elizabethtown College.

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pennsylvania – A small liberal arts college looking to upgrade the audio system for its 844-seat performance space recently took a huge leap forward with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 mixing console. Having established the Vi series as a favorite digital desk for touring and installed sound applications, Soundcraft developed the Vi1 for small to mid-size venues like the one at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.

Barry Fritz, Technical Operations Director for the college, explained how the school uses the venues for a variety of events, including theatrical productions, musicals, college orchestra performances, worship, Christmas events, weddings and national chamber music acts. “Each year the number of events and their complexity keeps increasing, so purchasing the Vi1 has been on the long-term to-do list for a while,” Fritz said.

It is not surprising to see Fritz choosing the Vi1 as the college’s main mixing solution to alleviate the growing strain on the technical staff. While it retains a small form factor, it is packed with an impressive selection of features that one can also find in larger Soundcraft models such as the Vi4 and Vi6. For example, the Vistonics II™ interface is greatly appreciated among mixers in the professional audio industry and is an outstanding feature of the Vi1 console. Furthermore, it maintains a complete console package with 32 channels of analog input to 27 analog outputs.

“Having the analog inputs is a nice feature, plus the stagebox we purchased bridges the gap between digital snake and analog,” Fritz said. “I also love always having the channel displays there. With our old console, we never had enough outputs; now I have more than I know what to do with!”

Spanning only just over a meter wide, the Vi1 includes 16 motorized channel faders with fixed and user-definable layers, eight output/VCA faders and two master faders. More importantly, as a digital console, the Vi1 allows for both massive customization and recallable settings.

“We do have a lot of groups that repeat throughout the year, so it’s nice to be able to recall the cues from our previously saved projects; having that flexibility makes it a lot easier,” Fritz concluded.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 is at the Heart of Stooshe’s Sound

LONDON, United Kingdom — Three-piece UK all-girl vocal group Stooshe is now using a pair of HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 digital audio consoles on the road. The band’s popularity soared after sales of its debut single Black Heart reached more than 500,000, which led to a dedicated monitor engineer being brought in to the fold to join John Delf at FOH.

Delf has worked FOH for a number of major artists including Lily Allen and Plan B, and has been with Stooshe from the offset. He is also a big fan of Soundcraft’s Vi6 console. “I’d always liked the Vi6, and I’d never used a Vi1 before, so I saw this tour as the perfect opportunity to get to grips with it,” Delf said during a recent soundcheck at London’s Scala. “Within a half-hour of using it, I was back in the zone again. It’s just perfect for this kind of tour as the footprint’s so small and transportation is so easy. We only have a small trailer on the back of a van, but the two Vi1s fit in easily. Also, these consoles sound just as good as the Vi6. I was also able to use my Vi6 show file from Stooshe’s previous tour and it worked perfectly on the Vi1; that’s a big advantage to have, as it gives you an immediate platform to work from.”

Nigel Thomas was brought in three months ago to work monitors for the band and said it was a total no-brainer opting for the Vi1.

“What we realised quite early on was that the girls needed to have consistency,” he insists. “When I came in and had the discussion with John [Delf] about the kit, it very soon became clear to both of us that the Vi1 was absolutely the perfect solution. I’ve come across several of them when working in theatres and have always liked the way they sound, and I’m particularly impressed by the user interface. I find that when I’m working on it, I don’t even look down, as everything is just there in the right place.”

For a number of the shows on this tour, including the Scala show, the pair has used the venues’ in-house analogue multicores in combination with their Soundcraft Compact Stagebox, which Thomas said has allowed both engineers to get exactly what they need.

“Using the in-house multi means I can have a gain control,” he explained. “I’m then sending that up to John, and it’s then going into our digital [Compact] Stagebox at FOH, which is great because it allows John to basically put his desk wherever he wants to.”

At the Scala, Delf ran 28 channels at FOH, which left him enough space for any click tracks, cues, or last minute surprises. “We just found out that on tonight’s show there will be several guest vocalists,” Delf said hours before show time. “Fortunately we can make room for these very easily as the Vi1 has plenty of channels; and of course, due to the quality of the console’s built-in effects, it’s easy to tweak compression, reverb and EQ really quickly to get any vocal sounding good right away.”

Delf said for this show, he spends most of his “hands-on” time mixing Stooshe’s vocals. “That’s my main focal point, really; and the rest of the time I’m just making sure everything is nice and dynamic,” he explained. “I love the Lexicon effects in the Vi1: I use a plate reverb on the girls’ vocals along with a studio delay, and a drum reverb on the kit; all of them sound great.”

Thomas created 11 stereo monitor mixes: six for the girls and the band members; one for the backline tech; and four for the wedges and sidefills. He said working from the Vi1 makes his workflow “so much more efficient.”

“Unlike many digital desks, it doesn’t feel like you’re working on a typewriter when you’re operating a Vi1,” he said. “It’s just laid out so well, and because of that, it’s a lovely desk to work with. For John and I on this tour it’s been a fantastic little solution.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

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HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 Delivers For UK-Based Celtic Rock Band IONA

NORTHRIDGE, California — U.K.-based Celtic rock band IONA has released over 10 albums since forming in the late 1980s and recently finished a successful tour throughout the United States while deploying a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 as its front-of-house console.

During a similar U.S. tour in 2010, Mark Jarrell, Owner of Dogwood Audio Sound Company, provided the sound reinforcement system for IONA. Preparing for the 2012 U.S. tour, IONA remembered Jarrell’s work and brought him on board as the audio engineer for the 11 tour dates spanning a 2-week period. After a conversation with Dave Bainbridge, IONA’s lead guitarist, the two decided the Soundcraft Vi1 console would provide them with the most flexibility.

“There are many challenges of traveling during a 2-week tour,” said Jarrell. “The stretches between gigs are not long and there isn’t much time to set up at the various venues. I have to be able to have everything up and running in no time and with the ability to recall the presets with the Vi console, I never have a problem.”

Another challenge for Jarrell is the varying size, acoustics and equipment of each venue. “We see everything from a large theater to a small club,” he said. “With the Vi1, all I have to do is adjust the EQ in the different venues—it’s straightforward. What I love is that once I adjust the settings for each venue, I can then save it as a file for when we come back.”

The custom channel layers also help Jarrell to have a smooth show, as he is able to arrange them to suit his needs. “The desk is a lot of fun to mix on,” Jarrell stated. “It’s such a warm sounding console! I use the Lexicon effects pretty heavily, the tap delay, reverb and more. It has the feeling of a nice analog desk; making an adjustment is always easy to do.”

With such a dynamic group, Jarrell appreciates the flexibility the Vi1 offers. “IONA likes to change up the set list sometimes. The road manager is also a percussionist so every once in a while they call him up to play along. I am able to easily control each microphone individually and it is really easy to adjust gain and the high pass filter if needed.”

“Overall, it has been a pleasure to tour with IONA and a lot of fun using the Soundcraft console,” Jarrell summed up. “I can’t wait until the next U.S. tour comes around. I already have all my presets and files saved so I’ll be ready.”

For more information about Dogwood Audio, please visit: http://dogwoodaudio.com/

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012

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