Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre – recently re-named in honour of the Beatles’ manager – has installed a Soundcraft Vi1 digital mixing desk following a £1.2 million refurbishment, including a permanently installed sound reinforcement system. Locally-based installer/distributors Adlib Audio supplied the new desk.
“We had been hiring in from Adlib Audio and using desks like the Soundcraft Si Performer and Si Compacts – which I loved,” said technical manager Tony Carter. “But we needed to step up and have now purchased our own system.” Carter recalls last Christmas panto season – featuring a Big Brother winner – when they used a giant analogue desk and wishing he had been able to programme the mutes as cues to excise some of the graphic language. “That was when we realised we needed to go digital to take us to the next stage.” The Vi1 package enables 32 channels of analogue input to 27 analogue outputs, plus six digital inputs, four stereo FX returns and six digital outputs in a compact chassis. “This enables us to assign six channels of monitors from FOH, which is extremely easy to do,” continued Carter. “We’ve never needed a separate monitor desk. “In addition, being able to store presets for different performances – such as the panto season – makes the job a lot easier. The desk is so intuitive and it’s easy to programme cues so there is a lot less to go wrong.” Adlib Audio sales manager, Nick Turner, who processed the sale, added “Customers also like Soundcraft for its reliability – which has been tried and tested over the years. It’s one of the most reliable desks we’ve got and the back-up we receive from Soundcraft and Sound Technology [the exclusive UK and Ireland Harman Professional distributors] is second to none. This, in turn, means that we can support [the desk] a lot easier.” www.adlib.co.uk