Engineers Steve Ehrlich and Bill Walker, owners of Velvet Thunder (Eugene, Ore.), were on-hand providing sound at the High Sierra Music Festival (Quincy, Calif.) with their new Audient Aztec Live Performance console, supplied by Audio Exchange International Inc. Ehrlich and Walker had seen the Aztec in action at Nightclub 930 in Washington, D.C. (where Puddle of Mudd, Vertical Horizon and Ben Harper have performed) and chose it based on its sound and performance there.
“The Aztec sounds amazing,” says Walker, who has used it as a monitor console. “As far as analog graphs, there’s nothing superior. After running it with performers Lucinda Williams and John Doe, I was especially impressed by the monitor rig’s sound and the fidelity. Ultimately, the Aztec is going to be used for a lot of shows.”
“Velvet Thunder is a touring sound company and is always in a different venue,” says Chris Walsh, director of sales and marketing for AXI. “They needed a console that is easily transportable, but still has the powerful equalizers that a stationary Audient has. The new Aztec Live Performance console is designed specifically for the sound reinforcement professional, [which can be] used equally at home, on the road or in a fixed installation.”
We’re able to use it on monitor shows for 12 mixes and put it in as a house desk,” says Ehrlich, who used it as a FOH console. “It’s an excellent console and so easy to set up! It doesn’t take more than two guys to set it up and run it. We do a lot of shows where we are teamed up with really big national sound companies that do tour work, so this Audient really helps us out and saves us time.”