StudioLive covers CarniRiv
NIGERIA: Paragonis Multimedia Productions was brought in to provide sound and lighting for the annual Port Harcourt Carnival, better known as CarniRiv. The event provided an ideal application for the company’s collection of PreSonus StudioLive consoles.
Now in its fifth year, CarniRiv has evolved from its modest beginnings as an informal regional gathering to become a major festival event. This year, with Port Harcourt celebrating its centennial, the programme was even bigger. Held at the 25,000-seat Elekahia Liberation Stadium, the six-day line up featured more than 40 regional and international artists including Shaggy, Morgan Heritage, 2face, Timaya, and Duncan Mighty.
‘The StudioLive never ceases to surprise me, and CarniRiv was another example,’ said Paragonis founder and president Kunle Akintayo. ‘We had originally purchased it as an alternative to lugging around our larger live consoles and all the outboard processors, and the plan was to use it for a while and move on to something more elaborate. But we have been so pleasantly surprised with all the StudioLive’s cool features, and since then we've purchased more than 10 of them for our company and for installations in nightclubs and other venues.’
Mr Akintayo points to the console’s ease of use as a tremendous asset. ‘So many times, I have been giving a quick crash course to an engineer for some foreign band, and in less than ten minutes I hear “I’ve got it”. It’s just such an easy and intuitive workflow.’
With a client base that includes Coca Cola, Virgin Atlantic, MTN Nigeria, Guinness, Economist of London, and various state and national government agencies, Paragonis prides itself on a reputation for stellar production and top-notch, state-of-the-art equipment. ‘The quality of the StudioLive is simply exquisite,’ said Mr Akintayo. ‘The sound of the console is simply amazing, and the feature set truly rivals many of the much larger and more expensive desks. I just love everything about the PreSonus.’