Texan arts school upgrades with Soundcraft Vi6

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The Vi6's versatility and intuitive Vistonics II interface were among the features earmarked for praise by Dingle. "Every day I'm mixing something different, which is exciting but requires a very flexible audio console," he said. "I often have lower school kids (quiet and/or yelling) right next to a vocally trained upper school student with a great vocal range and dynamics, performing on the same microphone. With the Vi6, I can quickly adjust the gain, EQ, gate and compression to create a smooth-sounding event."

The school's sound engineers run 28 channels of wireless mics from the FOH mix position and have opted to install two eight-channel line-cards, bringing the local rack to 32 line inputs. Soundcraft also supplied a custom-built 1U rack unit that fits above the local rack input connection box to house the additional 16 inputs.

Dingle has also installed a MADI card into the FOH computer, enabling him to record 64 channels at every event.