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Two Guys and a Soundcraft

Rainbow City, Ala.–based Two Guys Audio Service recently added a new Soundcraft Vi6 digital live sound console to its inventory to provide flexible multizone mixing and routing for clients such as IBM Software. According to owner Dave Zammit,
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Two Guys Audio Service owner Dave Zammit (left) and senior project manager Chad Rainey

Rainbow City, Ala.–based Two Guys Audio Service recently added a new Soundcraft Vi6 digital live sound console to its inventory to provide flexible multizone mixing and routing for clients such as IBM Software. According to owner Dave Zammit, “We used the Soundcraft Vi6 for the first time in late January at IBM’s Lotusphere 2007, a weeklong corporate event, and it performed admirably and sounded excellent.”

The Vi6 served as the event’s main mixer, feeding a large number of different audience areas. “All in all, we were using six discrete sound systems linked together during the main event in the Dolphin Hotel and a further four fed by an optical fiber link to the Swan Hotel for Lotus customers.” Using the Vi6’s stem mixing functionality, Zammit and his crew were able to set up between eight and 10 basic submixes of the lavalier, lectern and handheld microphones; musical acts; and video and other playback sources, and prepare different balances for various playback environments, as well as a dedicated record feed.

Connecting together the various system components, including mic preamplifier racks, was dramatically simplified through the use of MADI fiber and copper cabling. Zammit recalls, “We used optical MADI converted to AES/EBU format to interface the outboard effects rack and record/playback equipment. That outstanding flexibility in routing—and the ability to simply reassign on the fly—was a major selling point for me. These days, we are asked to provide multiple simultaneous outputs; of the 35 available outputs from the Vi6 console, I was using 34 all of the time!"

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