House of Blues Goes With Soundcraft

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The Bangles perform at the House of Blues in Anaheim, Calif.

The House of Blues (HOB) contracted Sound Image of Escondido, Calif., to upgrade the front-of house mixing facilities in its New Orleans and Anaheim, Calif., locations with a combination of Harman’s Soundcraft Vi4 and Vi6 digital mixing consoles, and a Vi1 console in use at the HOB Mandalay Bay venue in Las Vegas. With 13 venues across the U.S., the House of Blues says that it has been standardizing its sound reinforcement systems to better accommodate artists and attract a higher level of performers.

“Engineers are familiar with Soundcraft consoles and like the fact that they can get consistently excellent sound from venue to venue and even use their same console configurations and settings,” says Sound Image’s Jason Schmidlapp. “It saves time, makes life easier and reduces the stress of mixing a live show.”

Sound Image completed the most recent House of Blues upgrade at the Mandalay Bay hotel, which is also home to the world’s first installation of JBL’s new VTX line array loudspeakers. The installation coincides with a two-year residency by Carlos Santana, who is performing his Greatest Hits Live: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow show through 2014.

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