RSA Audio Services, one of New York’s pro audio equipment rental houses, augmented its inventory with a pair of 48 mono/four stereo channel Soundcraft MH3 desks. According to Leon Esker, RSA founder and president, the two MH3s are the first in what will eventually be a total of six identical consoles purchased to replace aging desks from several other manufacturers.
“We’ve chosen to standardize on the second largest configuration of the MH3 because it basically offers everything we need in a board of that size: VCAs, muting capabilities, user-friendliness, client acceptability and an economical price tag,” says Esker. “Also, the fact that these boards can do monitors and house sound equally well is a big plus inventory-wise.
“Everyone seems to really like the MH3, including a lot of engineers who have never previously mixed on it because it’s still a relatively new console. I’m not at all surprised by the positive response, though, because it really has a ‘big board’ feel to it. When we first saw the MH3 on a demo, we felt that it really rose above a lot of the other desks we were considering at the time, and, so far, it’s worked out very well for us.”
Among the new MH3s shows so far have been Supper Club gigs for Faith Evans, Psychedelic Furs, Bright Eyes and Jet; Town Hall performances by Marianne Faithful and Blind Boys of Alabama, Keith Sweat and Atlantic Star at the Beacon Theatre; and miscellaneous shows by Jefferson Starship, Fountains of Wayne, Guided by Voices and many others.
For more information about Soundcraft, visit www.soundcraft.com.