Cal State University, Bakersfield Buys Soundcraft Si Performer 3

by Jacob Coakley

Frank Robinson with new Soundcraft Si Performer 3CSU Bakersfield chose the Soundcraft Si Performer 3 digital mixing console because of its ability to support musical theatre performances at the school’s 485-seat theatre, its ability to accommodate 14-20 microphones for performances as well as its consistency and reliability.

California State University Bakersfield Upgrades Theater Acoustics With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Performer 3 

BAKERSFIELD, California – Known for its accessible, student-focused higher education programs and individualized attention to students, California State University Bakersfield recently purchased a HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Performer 3 to solidify the technology supporting its growing music and theater programs. The console is used for live mixing during shows in the 485-seat Doré Theatre, which include jazz and other music productions, theatrical productions, musicals, and opera. The board was purchased through Full Compass Systems.

To accommodate the 14 to 20 wireless microphones for the Music and Theatre Department productions, Performing Arts Technician Frank Robinson chose the Soundcraft Si Performer 3 with 32 channels for sufficient capacity and room for future expansion. The sound booth that houses the console also allows for a simplified wiring network, and will permit elimination of much of the internal house wiring at a later date.

“We chose Soundcraft because we wanted a brand-new system within our budget that works consistently and reliably,” said Robinson. “From my decades of tour sound experience, I know that Soundcraft makes solid consoles, and the Si Performer is a good combination of intuitive design and great sound for the money.”

Situated in an educational environment, the theater features continental seating that is both wide and shallow, creating perfect acoustics for theatrical and musical applications. Robinson capitalized on these favorable acoustic conditions by specifying a console that is great not only in sound quality but also workflow. So far, the intuitive onboard dynamics such as Soundcraft FaderGlow are greatly appreciated by the students and staff alike.

“At our venue, not a lot of reproduction is needed, but we still wanted to get the perfect mix, and this board delivers on that,” said Robinson. “Since installation, events for which we used the Si Performer went smoothly, partly thanks to how quickly the students learned how to operate the board. Compared to some of the more expensive Yamaha consoles, this Soundcraft console sounds great and makes mixing easier, especially when it comes to patching.” 

For more information on California State University, please visit http://www.csub.edu

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