“We provide sound for a wide range of music festivals, corporate events and everything in between, and needed to upgrade to a console that would have the flexibility to accommodate any live sound rental situation,” states Stanislav Benes, co-owner and sound engineer at Production 1.
“We already had two Soundcraft Vi1 consoles,” he continues, “which we purchased because their sound was superior to what we had owned previously, and our positive experience with the Vi1 made the acquisition of the Vi3000 a logical step up.” Production 1 purchased the Vi3000 from Czech Harman Professional distributor Audio Master.
The Soundcraft Vi3000 offers an ergonomic design, 96 channels to mix, new internal SpiderCore 40-bit floating point DSP, Dante compatibility and more. The control surface offers four Vistonics II touchscreen interfaces, so that it can be used by two engineers at the same time.
Once Production 1 started putting the Vi3000 through its paces, the company realized it was exceeding expectations. “For us, sound quality is paramount and the Vi3000 is absolutely superlative in this regard,” Benes notes. “The mic preamps are exceptionally clean and have a great deal of headroom.”
Not only has the Vi3000 expanded the services Production 1 can offer to its clients, it’s now one of the most-wanted pieces of gear in the company’s rental stable. “This console has become a favorite not just to me, but also to many of the sound engineers of the bands we work with and other rental companies that love to rent it,” Benes concludes. “As soon as you put your hands on it, you can tell this is a board that was designed by people who know what live sound engineers want and need.”