HF Event Services adds more Soundcraft
AUSTRALIA: HF Event Services has bolstered its mixer fleet with the addition on a Soundcraft Vi3000. Based in Dural in the northwest of Sydney, the company provides sound, lights, vision, staging and crewing for any and every kind of concert and event across the country. Since its purchase, the desk has reportedly barely seen the warehouse, having gone on Suzi Quatro’s Australian tour, Lee Kernaghan’s Spirit of the ANZACS tour and covered audio duties at events such as The Australian Country Music Awards and the Hills Shire Council Australia Day Concert at Bella Vista Farm.
‘Most of the guest engineers who have never used a Vi3000 say it takes little time to learn before they’re zipping around the console with no problems,’ offered owner and technical director, Colin Baldwin. ‘Some engineers that have used a Vi6 before have commented that it has a very similar workflow. We’ve had no negative feedback or comments from any guest FOH engineer, even when they’ve specified another brand and model as their preference.’
‘The Vi3000’s sound is warm and transparent; the preamps never sound brittle,’ added regular HF Event Services engineer, Brad Scott-Kemmis. ‘The touchscreens are fast to navigate and having multiple screens means less button pressing to get an overview. Functions like the gang button are very useful, for example when switching multiple channels’ auxiliaries from pre to post. Linking stereo channels from different mix layers saves fader space and the ability to place any bank of faders to the far right is nice as well.’
The company typically runs its Vi3000 with a 64-in, 32-out Soundcraft Vi Stagebox and links in its Soundcraft Vi1 console for monitor duties. ‘The Vi3000 is so easy to integrate,’ enthused Mr Baldwin. ‘We’ve got a lot of events coming where our Vi3000 will be used at either FOH or monitors.’
The Vi3000, as with those consoles that came before it, was purchased through Australian distributor, Jands. ‘We own several other Soundcraft consoles, like the Si Compact and smaller analogue models,’ confirmed Mr Baldwin. ‘Jands has looked after us very well over the years with Rod McKinnon, our Jands rep, providing valuable advice and follow up service as we need it.’