SR Company Soundworks Expands Console Inventory

Aug 19, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Richmond, Virg.-based Soundworks provides concert sound reinforcement for outdoor events. Recently, it added two Soundcraft MH3 desks. Typically used as a pair, with one on FOH and the other on monitors, Soundworks owner Steve Payne (pictured) reported that he's already "putting the new consoles through their paces" this summer on a myriad outdoor shows.

Aside from recently being used on several high-profile artists, including Los Lobos and Delbert McClinton, Soundworks more frequently breaks out the twin desks for regional talent. "Quite a few of the area musicians we work with are now using in-ears, and a number of them even carry their own monitor consoles," Payne said. "But we'll show up for a gig with our MH3 and tell them to try it instead. When they do, the bandmembers, especially the drummers, always think they've died and gone to heaven. Everyone busts wide open in grins loving it because it just sounds so fantastic on in-ears."

Payne is no stranger to the Soundcraft line of boards: "Like a lot of people, I grew up on Soundcraft consoles. I started out in the mid-'70s on the Series 1-S—I had three! I've also owned a Series 2, Series 3, 1600s and other early Soundcrafts. I loved their sound; they all had such character. When you twisted a knob, you knew you were doing something and could find something you'd like. The MH3s have everything that I liked about those old Soundcrafts and none of the stuff I didn't. The noise floor on the new boards is very low, and the mic pre's and EQs are really sweet-sounding. In fact, the MH3's EQ can go from being very gentle and sweet to aggressively bearing its teeth and digging in, depending on what you want to do with it. It's extremely versatile."

Soundworks, a fixture on the Richmond music scene for 26 years, specializes in providing concert sound reinforcement for outdoor events that draw up to 7,000 people. These days, Soundworks counts Innsbrook AfterHours, Friday Cheers, Wednesdays on the Waterfront, and the annual 102.1FM Chili Cookoff among its many regular clients.

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