Big 3 Entertainment Installs ATI Paragon Mixing Consoles

Nov 14, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Big 3 Entertainment (St. Petersburg, Fla.) handling all aspects of its artists' careers under one company umbrella. Working with top producers, songwriters, choreographers, wardrobe consultants, publicity and marketing professionals in the entertainment industry. The company recently installed a pair of 48-input ATI Paragon II mixing consoles—one for FOH and one incorporating 10 stereo inputs for monitors—into its rehearsal rooms.

Big 3 front-of-house engineer Howard "Howie" Lindeman (pictured, above), a 29-year engineering veteran who previously worked at the Record Plant, the Hit Factory and RCA before deciding to go freelance, said, "I've worked with Paragons before. Outside of it being one of the cleanest-sounding consoles I've ever had the opportunity to work with, the flexibility was a real important factor of having it here at Big 3, especially in the rehearsal halls. That is because of the multitude and diversity of the acts that they have, and being able to have a console that will do literally everything you ask it to do in terms of routing and inputs and outputs."

Big 3 monitor engineer Joe White (Boys II Men, Gladys Knight), said, "Most of our bands use in-ear monitors, and we like to do them in stereo. The larger the band, the more outputs you eat up on the desk. So with a large band, to do wedges, effects and everything, we were constantly running out of outputs on the desk. We researched into other analog desks that we thought might suit us better and the Paragon came out to be ahead of everybody."

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