Bristol-based PA rental company Amber Audio has taken delivery of multiple Avid Digidesign consoles and a d&b audiotechnik line array, all provided by Orbital Sound. Specifically, Amber Audio has purchased two Digidesign SC48 VENUE digital desks, as well as a d&b audiotechnik Q1 line array, completed with J-SUB and B4-SUB cardioid subs.
Acquired to help cope with an increasing workload, the new systems have already been deployed for a number of projects, including dance festival Swindon Invincible 2010 – Battle of the Bowl.
Explaining the selection of equipment, Amber Audio’s Alan Burgess said that the company had had d&b audiotechnik systems in its inventory for a decade and “always found them to be a good investment”. Purchasing the Q1 – the company’s first line array – “now ups the scale of projects we can handle from our own stock, such as the larger outdoor events. It gives us the sonic quality that we value so highly, and puts us in a stronger, more rider-friendly position, so we can respond positively to specific Q1 requests, whether from band engineers, production companies or venues.”
Excellent sound quality and a straightforward user interface were among the factors that informed the choice of the VENUEs. “Price had to be the ultimate limiting factor, with the VENUEs meeting our targets across sound quality, usability and cost. We also did a lot of research before making our final decision, asking around to investigate aspects such as hire frequency and rider acceptability,” said Burgess, who also praised the “very good service” provided by Orbital Sound.