Both the Vi6 and newly introduced Vi3000 FOH consoles by Soundcraft have seen plenty of use over this summer's festival season.
The Vi6 was deployed by hire company Adlib at festivals including Creamfields, the Liverpool International Music Festival, Kendall Calling and Wakestock. Adlib director and project manager Dave Jones says: “We’ve had a very busy festival period this summer. Within the chaotic nature of festival slots and quick turnarounds, it’s important that we have a desk that we can trust to perform solidly and reliably in varying conditions. The Soundcraft Vi6 has been a flawless performer for us.”
Meanwhile, Kent-based Phonophobia has made extensive use of the 96-channel, Dante-equipped Vi3000. Mark Chant, MD of Phonophobia, comments: "The Vi3000 was an exciting addition to our rental stocks. Already having a Soundcraft infrastructure helped it slot in perfectly to our rental, show and touring operations. The console was sent to work straight away, and we are all so pleased with its performance and the response we are receiving from clients and guest engineers.
“For us, the screens are kind on the eye, even on a long gig. The local ins and outs are a godsend. And with the Dante and MADI it’s literally the tool which fixes everything for us. There’s no question that there will be more Vi3000s added to our rental stock."
SSE Audio Group, a long-time Vi user, also wasted no time in securing one of the first Vi3000s, and sound engineer Chris Courtney (pictured) took it out almost immediately to the Isle of Wight Festival, where he mixed monitors for Travis.
"With its improved preamp and better features, and without the need of a separate stage box and local rack, it's ideal for bands to carry from festival to festival as its easily compatible with any line system," says Pete Russell, project manager at SSE.
Soundcraft is distributed in the UK and Eire by Sound Technology.