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From Desk till Dawn

Had the opportunity to ‘drive’ a a variety of digital desks this year with my shows & trips.
The predominant force and still popular choice does still seem to be Yamaha for most venues.
The M7CL. The 48 frame version seems the most popular and differs from most digital desks as you can see all 48 faders in front of you. It’s easy to use and recent software updates seem to have improved the early versions which were sluggish in processing. The addition of expansion cards to allow the use of Waves plug-ins and MADI export.

    48 or 32 mono microphone/line inputs, 4 stereo inputs, and 3 mini-YGDAI card slots (a total of 56 or 40 mixing channels).
    16 mix buses, LCR bus, 8 matrix channels, and 8 DCAs assignable to 16 omni outputs.
    Virtual effect and EQ rack: up to 4 simultaneous multi-effect processors; up to 8 simultaneous 31-band graphic EQs.
    Centralogic™ interface: central, logical, and intuitive.
    Dual power modes: use the built in power supply, or add an external PW800W power supply unit (optional) for failsafe dual-supply operation.
    Compact and lightweight: 48 channels in the space and weight normally required for 24.
With the addition of cat-5 connected stage boxes the M7CL is a good starting point for many events & venues.
Like most Yamaha desks you have to put a fair bit of signal into to get a decent sound from it but I’d still rather see one of these than an Allen & Heath.
Scenes and show construction are easy enough and the ability to set stuff up via Studio Manager (now fully working on mac) works well.
The iPad, although fiddly to set up the wifi connection, works well and the opportunity to do monitor mixes with the artists is both scary & impressive at the same time.
We had a CL5 on loan from Yamaha for the last BBC Big Band concert. Great Improvement on the noise floor front and a few nice features. More musical as well I think but I’d like another couple of gigs with it.
I don’t like the LS9… too fidly! and no touch screen 😦


I have had two tours this year that I’ve been able to spec the Vi1 and got to use the Vi6 a few times as well. A relative of the Studer Vistonics family this is a pretty well thought out board with the usual Soundcraft anomalies though… Legacy buttons to be implemented at some time in the future for example.

The Vi1 is bijou and compact (it fits in the back of your average people carrier) but with the ability to create a custom fader level you can get over the not seeing all 48 channels simultaneously. It’s also pretty easy to use and the ability to gang channels is a boost. The Eq & pre amp stage is better than the Yamaha but I don’t like the ‘ auto make’ up on the dynamics…
I’ve used the Vi1 on tours with Ramin Karimloo & Ruthie Henshall and it worked very well.
The considerably bigger Vi6 we’ve used for many things. I first used it in Ethos Audio‘s broadcast truck recording Simple Minds at Hampton Court. It’s a much nearer cousin to the Studer and performs well. The features are similar from the Vi1 but it’s divided up into 8 channel sections with separate windows for each 8 faders.
It’s great for big channel counts and we’ve used it for Hooked on Classics as well broadcasts for BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • Max number of simultaneous mixing channels
    96 mono inputs into 35 Outputs. Pairs of mono inputs can be linked to create stereo channels.
  • Insert points
    24 insert send/return pairs can be configured (using available I/O) and assigned to any of the 96 inputs or 35 output channels.
  • Direct Outputs
    All 96 input channels can have direct outputs in addition to their internal bus routing, assuming sufficient I/O is available (eg optical MADI card).
  • Busses
    32 Grp/Aux/Matrix, plus main LCR Mix and LR Solo busses (maximum of 16 matrix outputs can be configured).

Always happy to see either of these boards!




Had the opportunity to mix the BBC big band for Proms in the Park in London’s Hyde park. Two of the five desks in the front of house tower were SD7s. Mighty beasts indeed with high channel capacity and excellent features. Although this is the board I have used the least it is worthy of a mention as it’s stunning sound and ease of use make it a really lovely board to work with. The unreliability issues that used to surround Digico desks seem to have been resolved and I loved it’s musical sound.
It’s safe to say that digital desks have come of age and are now a very reliable force to be reckoned with.

November 1, 2012 at 10:00 Leave a comment

Ethos Audio mobile

The Ethos Audio sound mobile is one of the smallest, yet most powerful mobiles in the UK. Capable of multi track recording and mixing 96 mic inputs. Acoustically designed with comfortable seating and ducted air conditioning.

This sound mobile can get almost anywhere towed by a Land Rover Discovery – very economical, it also has a remote controlled mover allowing the trailer to turn 360o on the spot!

Video Monitoring

Three LG LED backlit monitors provide plenty of screen to see your pictures. This makes the mobile the perfect place to monitor multi camera feeds. Ideal for de-rig shoots.

Dimensions & Power Length Width Height Weight Power

6.0 m 2.4 m 2.5 m 3000 kg Minimum 13A single phase

Technical Specifcation Audio Console:

Soundcraft Vi6. 32 Faders + master section 96 recordable inputs, 35 outputs over optical fbre allows cable runs up to 1.5km. Multiple stage crates allows a digital patch bay to be created allowing up to 5 Locations to be recorded at once. 8 channels of Lexicon FX and EQ and dynamics available on all inputs and outputs.


PMC AML1 active speakers, PPM meters & spectrum analyser


2x Merging Pyramix MADI audio & timecode recorders. Capable of multi-track 96inputs 1x Mac Powered Boom Recorder


1x TC Electronics M5000 dual engine stereo FX 1x TC Electronics M3000 dual Stereo Engine 1x TC Electronics Finalizer 96K 4x Tascam CD recorders

Timecode & Sync

Time code display Mutec Iclock – We can provide source clock, or lock to sync from any source.


4x wire analogue talkback as standard, more can be added 4x Motorola GP340 duplex talkback

APC U.P.S allows for a fully functioning mobile up to 30mins in the event of power loss.

Optional Extras Include

AVID Pro Tools MADI recorder Klark Teknik active splits Valve compressors Telex ZEUS digital talkback system. Motorola GP340 with your choice of headsets.


We have a large selection of microphones for all applications – manufacturers include Neumann, Sennheiser, AKG and DPA not to mention a large range of radio mics.

Audio mobile with guarantee engineer from only £1050 per day.

For more information and full quotation

please contact Peter Austin on 07825679473

May 10, 2011 at 09:49 Leave a comment

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