Studio Metronome in Brookline, New Hampshire wanted an audio upgrade that would produce higher-quality sound, portability and a smaller footprint. Studio Manager Brendan Connors also records live shows at remote locations, having worked with a number of world-famous artists, including The Pixies, Peter Frampton and Black Eyed Peas. Connors was looking for a world-class, space-efficient console to minimize outboard gear and allow for a lighter load-out when traveling to and preparing for live shows.
Studio Metronome ultimately decided on HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 3. Connors was impressed with the digital capabilities and said the Si Expression 3 provided top-tier sound with a smaller footprint than other consoles in its price range.
Connors also creates real-time broadcast mixes while multi-tracking the concerts for touring artists, allowing him to deliver properly mixed and mastered CDs immediately after the show. He was thrilled at how ergonomic the Si Expression 3 proved to be, allowing him to deliver flawless mixes and keep track of every element of the recording.
“I enjoy the layout, and it’s been a pleasure to work on such an ergonomic board. Coming from a Yamaha console, I really enjoy the intent behind the layout. I basically mixed a show with the Si Expression one-and-a-half hours after I took it out of the box. Also, I love the FaderGlow™ feature, because it makes it easy for me to separate monitors from effects with just a glance. The intuitiveness of the board allows me to provide more comprehensive services for my clients.” – Brendan Connors, House Engineer, Studio Metronome