American pop-punk band Wheatus just completed a low-key tour of the UK, playing smaller club and university venues to try out material from their forthcoming sophomore album. During the tour, London-based FOH engineer and programmer Geoff Kakoschke had to deal with some challenging acoustic environments, but none moreso than the venue in Hull, in northern England.
“The P.A. was just awful,” said Kakoschke. “It was ancient. I’ve never seen any of the components before. It looked as though it had been built in someone’s garage about 30 years ago! There was a 16-channel console that was so old that there were no markings left on it.”
Kakoschke placed a call to The Soundcraft Group for help and a new MH3 console was dispatched to Hull. “It was an absolute lifesaver,” he said. “It actually enabled me to get a decent sound out of that dreadful P.A. system, and it’s confirmed me as a Soundcraft fan. For the last show of our tour, Adlib Audio provided a P.A. that included a Series FOUR, and that was also gorgeous; ergonomically brilliant, I loved it.”
“The E Series mixer was mainly used for the support band,” he continued, “but for Wheatus, it was incredibly helpful to be able to submix the key channels and my Logic Audio setup from 11 into two.”
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