Austin, Texas–based national sound reinforcement provider Big House Sound has recently added a 40-channel MH3 and two new 32-channel GB8s tt its existing stock (Series FIVE:56, SM20:48 and another MH3:40) of Soundcraft consoles.
According to Rod Nielsen, president and co-owner of Big House Sound, the first outing for the MH3 and one of the GB8s was the Shiner BASH in Dallas, which featured Dwight Yoakam, Aaron Tippin, Chris Cagle and Darryl Lee Rush. “When Spoetzl Brewery originally booked the concert with us, it was supposed to be a much smaller event with lesser-known acts and a smaller crowd. Under normal circumstances, we would have chosen to use our Series FIVE and SM20. We asked a lot out of our MH3 and GB8, [but] they did really well. We ran eight monitor mixes off of the GB8 and did more of a festival-type setup on the MH3, and everyone was happy.
“Our first MH3 has been really solid, quiet and done what it’s supposed to do,” he continues, “so we’ve obviously been very happy with it. But it wasn’t just us that liked it. A lot of engineers have repeatedly asked for it back, some of them surprisingly even requesting it over the Series FIVE. Many people have been really impressed with how that particular desk sounds.
“Most of the shows we handle are pretty large, but we still needed a few desks that were both well-equipped and small and light enough to fit into some of the theaters and ballrooms that don’t want to see much gear. The GB8s were ideal for that. We can use them as monitor desks to accompany our larger MH3s or use one GB8 for front of house and another on monitors. Depending on what the concert promoters request, the dual-mode capabilities of these boards allow them to be extremely versatile, which we certainly appreciate.”