Venus Vareladika, the Larnaca-based live â€˜Bouzoukiaâ€™ nightclub, has installed a new Soundcraft Si3 digital console to mix the venueâ€™s resident â€˜coversâ€™ band. This installation is one of a number of sales to installation and rental companies involving Soundcraftâ€™s digital platform, reported recently by ALA Equipment Co. Ltd., Harman Professionalâ€™s territorial distributors.
The house band at the 500-seat Venus, which is situated on the
beach near Larnaca Airport, plays traditional folk tunes and pop classics and the line-up comprises of drums, guitar, keyboards, bass, percussion and of course bouzouki.
The bustling venue operates 4 nights a week, therefore sound engineer Jim Demetri requires a reliable and durable mixing desk, accustomed to working long duty cycles.
Demetri contacted ALA Equipment Co. Ltd. and was immediately impressed by the extremely analog sounding characteristics of the Si3. â€œThe pre amps are superb, with great headroom, while the EQ is very musical and doesnâ€™t suffer the clinical digital sound of other desks that I have worked with,
comments Demetri. â€œAll in all, this is a great sounding board.â€?
Demetri believes that any professional sound engineer with a background in analog will be able to work with ease on the Si3 with a minimum learning curve. â€œIt looks as though it has been designed with analog engineers in mind,â€? Demetri states. â€œItâ€™s also a very ergonomic desk with a nice, clean working surface, which provides for quick operation.â€?
Demetriâ€™s colleague, Andrea Piemonti, MD of ALA Equipment Co. Ltd. claims Venus has received great support from the Si3. â€œThe user interface played a large part in our choice of desk,â€? the sound engineer admits. â€œBeing situated on a small island, you need the best support possible.â€?
The performers at Venus each have a personal monitor system, with 6 singers running with AKG IVM 4 UHF wireless in-ear monitoring system with integrated dbx digital signal processing. The entire monitor system is mixed from the Si3 and each input requires a separate feed via an aux buss, including running the onboard 4 Lexicons and stereo JBL side fills as well as back up monitors in the front. â€œThere would be no chance of doing that with a single analog console,â€? adds Demetri.
In addition to Venus, Andrea Piemonti reports further sales of the Si3 to Nicosia-based rental company, Red Sound. In the same city, he has also supplied V&M Electronics with a Soundcraft Vi6 and Kallipoleos with a Vi4. â€œWe are currently dominating the market with Soundcraft digital consoles on the island,â€? Piemonti says. â€œIn addition to rental companies, we are also talking to many prospective installation customers.â€?