Hits the Road
The new Mackie TT24 Digital
Live Console proves itself in the varied working environments of outdoor
parties and festivals, bars and a Sunday morning service, leaving behind
slack-jawed saints and sinners in its wake.
Leading the digital revelation,
the TT24 found a new home in the 540-seat Northwest Foursquare Church
in the Seattle suburb of Federal Way. Why? Well, according to Northwest's
Audio Service Coordinator Justin Warbreck, ramp up time with the TT24
is minimal and its performance is heavenly:
"It took about 10 minutes
to adjust... The TT24's small footprint is also a great thing for live
work. I've got 48 channels right within arm's reach, and I don't have
to run from one end of the board to the other."
Even longtime Worship Arts Pastor
Warren Hendrickson repented from his Doubting-Thomas ways when he heard
"The TT24 Digital Live
Console sounds very natural. The highs are clearer and the lows are
less muddy than other, more expensive, digital mixers I've used. The
TT24's accuracy has actually made mic placement more of an issue, because
now we can really hear a lot of stuff that previously wasn't clear."
He adds, "Churches don't need to be afraid of digital anymore.
A lot of smaller churches in particular have been intimidated by the
cost and complexity issues, but with a console like the TT24, it's simply
not an issue anymore."
To read more about the Northwest
Foursquare Church's conversion from analog to digital with the Mackie
TT24 Digital Live Console, check out the September-October issue of Technologies
for Worship Magazine.
Nestled in the Seattle, Wash.
neighborhood of Ballard, the Sunset Tavern is one of the city''''s musical
hot spots, featuring nightly shows of Seattle's very best up and coming
bands. John Randolph, Sunset's sound engineer, got the opportunity to
take the TT24 out for spin. The salivation factor was high, but luckily
we had a supply of towels to keep the console dry:
Read more about John's date with the TT24 here.
"I have worked on some
larger boards in bigger rooms – the Allen & Heaths at the Crest,
Neumo's, and the Fillmore – as well as the large Yamahas at the
Henry Fonda Theater and the Crystal Ballroom. I'm able to do more setups
on the TT24 with less confusion as to the signal flow."
Capital Hill Block Party / Bite of Seattle
Each summer in Seattle, food
and music lovers of all stripes anticipate two of the most popular events
in the Emerald City – The Bite of Seattle and the Capital Hill Block
Party, which both highlight the best musicians Seattle has to offer. This
year, behind it all was locally renowned Front of House engineer Fausto
Torres and the Mackie TT24 Digital Live Console:
"It only took me about
15 minutes to become comfortable with the TT24. I was astonished with
how much I could do with it. Each of the outdoor venues offered challenges
that I had to be prepared for, and the TT24 allowed me to make adjustments
quickly, without compromising the sound of each act."
One feature Fausto found especially
useful was the versatility of the Aux mode functions:
"It's great to be able
to see the auxes through the faders. And I was able to go from aux to
aux, mix to mix right away – the TT24 really is a joy to work
Check out the pictures of The
Bite and the Block Party over on the right.
Red Hook Moonlight Cinema
Each summer, the Red Hook Brewery
(located in Mackie's Woodinville, WA backyard) celebrates the rare Northwest
sunshine with outdoor live music; a classic movie projected on a huge
inflatable screen, and of course, rivers of Red Hook's famous suds. Of
course, being the friendly neighbors that we are, Mackie takes care of
the sound system.
Naturally, we were eager to
use the TT24 in an outdoor situation that required us to run FOH for the
band, then quickly reconfigure and take care of the audio feed for the
film. The Aux and Matrix modes on the TT24 handled the task with ease
and left us with enough time to spare for an adult beverage or two.
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