For Primal Scream’s latest tour, front of house engineer Michael Brennan approached Avid about using its new versatile and compact S3L live sound system. “I wanted to use the S3L on this Primal Scream tour for several reasons,” said Brennan. “I knew that its sound quality is second to none and because of the compact size of the board and the stage-boxes, I would be able to fit it into the trailer. Additionally, the show file I had already created on my VENUE was compatible with it, so I was confident the transition would be simple.”
The new console also made its Japanese debut on the tour, having been supplied locally by Clair Global Japan. “It’s perfect for a small club tour and because of the S3L’s modularity and networked Ethernet AVB architecture, the setup time is so quick, plus it’s really easy to scale up if you need to,” explained Brennan. “I can set up a 64-channel desk, 48 lines of stage-box and a 128 channel, 75m Cat5e multi in around ten minutes. If you add in its space saving size, it’s just awesome! I couldn’t have taken a board on tour if it wasn’t so small and modular. I’ve had to carry this one in a transit van, splitter, truck, car, and plane, and it’s been really easy to move around.”
It’s not just the sound engineers on whom the S3L has made an instant impression. “It’s also proving really popular in the venues because it has such a small footprint that promoters can sell more seats, which they obviously love,” added Brennan.