POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom — Celtic punk band Flogging Molly is currently touring
the world with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 as its monitor console. For nearly 15
years, Flogging Molly has played its blend of traditional Irish sounds,
hard-edged punk and thoughtful, socially conscious lyrics to millions across
2011 saw the release of the band’s most important and ambitious album to date, Speed Of Darkness, which debuted in the
Top 10 (#9 overall). The album was praised for its “call to arms” during these
troubled economic times by such press outlets as The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Associated
Press, USA Today, Parade Magazine, Huffington Post and many more.
Molly’s tour manager Aaron Glas has been fond of Soundcraft boards from his
experience working with the Vi4 and Vi6 at several venues including the famous
Boston, Massachusetts House of Blues. “Once I got comfortable with the
Soundcraft consoles, it was noticeable how easy they are to use and how good
they sound,” he said. “When I found out they made a smaller and more affordable
board using the same Vi series architecture including the Vistonics™, I had to
have it for our live show. The Vi1 is very compact which makes it the perfect
size for our traveling production. It's always nice on the road to have
consistent, great sound when going in and out of many different types of
venues; we knew we'd have a console to rely on that wouldn't fail."
Glas even mentioned, “Venues like the House of Blues which have a good
variety of HARMAN equipment always sound awesome. HARMAN makes everything easy,
and on nights like that, everything works toward a killer show with amazing
working with a group that has seven band members, a compact board with plenty
of inputs and outputs made the Vi1 an attractive option. “I really didn’t want
to have to get a bigger board, and the Vi1 gave me everything I needed and more
with enough outputs to do a number of wedges and in-ear mixes,” Glas said.
"Other competing boards in the same range couldn't work for us, since we
needed a very compact console with lots of inputs and at least 24 outputs to
mix our show"
Monitor Engineer, added, “Mixing such a fast-paced show, the Vi1's intuitive
layout allows me to make the fast mix adjustments demanded by such a vast
musical diversity on stage."
For Glas and many others who have
relationships with HARMAN and Soundcraft, the support has been excellent.
“After developing a relationship with HARMAN, they made it even easier to
travel with Soundcraft by helping us source a Vi1 in Europe,” he said. “We
brought our show files over and are even able to record using the MADI card in
a convenient, efficient way. Everything about the board and the support we’ve
received is excellent. I can’t think of a better fit for what we need.”
McCleary summed up, "The
ease of use, warmth and clarity gained from using the Vi1 far exceeds that of
any competing model.”
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