Rental company Livesound B-AG, based outside Berne, Switzerland, has added a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 digital console to it inventory, which already includes a larger Vi4 and several Soundcraft analog mixing consoles. The company acquired the Soundcraft Vi1 because it needed a monitor console to to mix the reference sound for leading Swiss rock band, Patent Ochsner. The company also added a Vi6 stagebox, with optical multicore.
The sale was supervised by Livesound B-AG's Swiss distributor, Dr. W.A. Guenther Distribution, which organized a Vi1 demo prior to the purchase as part of a competitive evaluation. The rental company’s sound engineers assessed their options before coming down once again in favor of the Vi platform.
“After the Vi4 we knew we needed a smaller, easy-to-handle desk for 400-capacity venues, where a reduced footprint was essential,” says Thomas Gfeller, who co-founded Livesound B-AG 36 years ago. Gfeller says the further investment in Soundcraft technology had been a dynamic response to this market demand for small venue touring.
“It also made sense to have it in our general inventory because of the desk’s intuitive control surface,” Gfeller continues. “Being fast to set up and easy to use, we can deploy it on different events—from rock concerts to corporate shows.”
Livesound B-AG is a long-term Soundcraft customer. Over the past two decades, its Swiss distributor, Dr. W.A. Guenther Distribution, has kept Livesound B-AG supplied with several of Soundcraft’s flagship analog dual-purpose MH4s, as well as an MH3 and pair of GB8 consoles.
In 2008 Livesound B-AG purchased a Vi4 for a tour by Swiss rap artist Bligg. The Vi4 performed front-of-house duties for two tours and this year performed monitor duties for Bligg's spring tour. The console is now out with Swiss rapper Stress.
Visit Livesound B-AG at livesound.ch.