New York-based Firehouse Productions provided a Soundcraft Vi1 console for The Arctic Monkeys’ performance at the Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington, kicking off the bands latest world tour. Monitor engineer, Will Doyle, commented: “The Vi1 was a great choice, especially for a massive and spectacular venue like the Gorge. It has a small footprint meaning it’s easy to travel with and there is no hassle fitting it anywhere; but it still has nearly all the features of my usual Vi6.” As an English indie rock band formed in 2002, the Arctic Monkeys have released four studio albums. On 14 June, the band debuted a new song titled Mad Sounds at Hultsfred Festival in Sweden “We’re excited to get this tour underway,” continued Doyle. “It’s a Soundcraft Vi desk, so it sounds just like the others in the range and feels like mixing on a sound desk or console rather than a computer. With custom user layers and VCAs for each mix, I found there’s a lot less button pushing than some other consoles, which means more time looking at the band!” While festivals can sometimes be hectic with limited changeover time between acts, Doyle mentioned that the ViSi Remote iPad app is really useful and can eliminate many challenges before a show. “With Soundcraft, I am always confident in what I need to do. This was a great show and I look forward to continuing our journey with Soundcraft.” www.firehouseproductions.comwww.soundcraft.com
Soundcraft console deployed for Arctic Monkeys world tour
US rental company Firehouse Productions has supplied a Soundcraft Vi6 console for monitor mixing on Arctic Monkeys current world tour, writes Paul Watson.