After KOKO’s old consoles clocked up 30,000 hours of use, the live music venue in London has upgraded to Soundcraft’s new generation Vi digital platform.
It replaced its two long-standing Soundcraft Vi6 consoles, which form part of a complete Harman Professional sound reinforcement package, with the latest Vi7000s from UK and Ireland distributors, Sound Technology Ltd – one at front of house and one for stage monitors.
The two Vi7000s were supplied with local racks and Realtime Racks, featuring the suite of UAD plugins.
Larry Seymour, COO of Mint Group, the venue’s operators says: “The previous desks were superbly robust, reliable and extremely well supported. We host more than 250 events a year to which the equipment is obviously mission critical. I reckon these desks have clocked up 30,000 hours. They have certainly put in the hard yards and that includes consuming more than a healthy amount of lager along the way!”
Technical manager Tim Hamper continues: “The new desks sound way better [than the previous models] — they are much faster and a lot more integrated. These days we need to spend far less time teaching sound engineers about the desk; they just come in with their show files and plug in.”
He notes that it is an ideal desk for festivals. “It’s very fast to jump onto, and if you are doing, say, a five-band show you don’t have to go through pages of set-ups. Also, it’s based around the same DSP cards, and seeing the old [BSS} DPR-901 is like meeting up with an old friend.”