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Scala steps up with Soundcraft

The London venue – which once hosted the UK's one and only Iggy & The Stooges show – has upgraded its house console to a Soundcraft Si Compact.

Scala – a multi-purpose venue near Kings Cross station in London, and home to the one and only Iggy & The Stooges performance in the UK – has upgraded its audio facilities with a new Soundcraft Si Compact 32 mixing desk, supplied by Crystal Pro Audio. The new console replaces a Soundcraft MH3, also purchased from Crystal Pro Audio several years ago. Since the venue also hosts Live Audio Engineering diploma courses, Scala’s head sound engineer Dave Preston (pictured) had specific requirements in mind for the MH3’s replacement: “Because of the nature of the Scala we get a lot of new sound engineers coming through with emerging bands and we need them to be able to get straight onto the desk without a lot of complicated patching,” said Preston. “The Si Compact 32 is easy – although it’s digital, it has an analogue feel to it and it suits the venue perfectly. We have been running it 12 hours a day, five days a week – so it’s already had a lot of usage and it has performed flawlessly throughout.” In addition, the Si Compact’s light weight and portability allows the venue to easily re-locate the mixer to its adjacent balcony bar for live performances.