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Harrison LPC Consoles Deliver The Goods for Major Artist Summer Tours(September 06, 2001)
The successful result of an alliance between Harrison and Showco, the LPC console was designed in close cooperation between Harrison and Clair/Showco's Howard Page. The Harrison manufactured LPC (dubbed Showconsole by Showco/Clair) was exclusively licensed to Showco for touring applications. With the exclusive period nearly over, Harrison is now offering the LPC for both touring and fixed venue applications. A Harrison LPC is currently in place as a stage monitor console at the Grand Ole Opry in Harrison¹s home of Nashville, Tennessee.
Additionally, Harrison will be introducing a digital version of the LPC at the fall 2001 AES in New York. The digital model greatly expands the power and features available on the LPC. Following the Harrison philosophy of "future proofing" a client's investment, any analog LPC can be upgraded to digital by adding Harrison's digital.engine to the existing automation and control surface. The Showconsole version of the LPC is currently analog only.
Howard Page, Chief Sound Engineer for Clair/Showco offered these comments about the Harrison LPC¹s stamina during the grueling summer schedules:
"We are completely booked-out with our Harrison consoles with many happy clients, which happen to be some of the largest touring acts in the world. In fact, one of the most seasoned engineers in our business told me recently that he doesn¹t know how he could do his show without the Harrison now. I can¹t think of a more demanding task for any console than the big tours we do; there¹s vast temperature extremes, high humidity, constant load-ins/outs, you name it; the potential for abuse is high and therefore, failure. Our Harrison¹s haven¹t missed a beat."
The analog Showconsoles LPC Consoles in-service with Clair/Showco feature up to 720 mic level and 240 line level inputs operated by full digital control from the extremely small console footprint of the LPC¹s control surface. Remote racks house the critical audio electronics and redundant power supplies. On the desk¹s control surface, 32 MixMaster busses can be set-up in any configuration of Auxiliary busses, matrix outputs and grouped submixes. In addition, there are 16 centrally located, fully assignable VCA-style Remote faders. Four pairs of Stereo Main outputs offer individual level control with 65mm touch-sensitive, motorized P & G faders. Recall "Snapshot" Automation offers more than 10,000 console set-ups.
"These consoles are unquestionably the finest sounding audio consoles I have ever heard. More important, the artists tell us that too." stated Page, a 32-year veteran of Live Sound audio production. He continues: "This summer, everything has come together beautifully, software and hardware. This console¹s ability to change the entire sound texture of every song in a set with the simple touch of a button is incredible. Typically, you have 15 to 20 seconds between songs, sometimes less - and it¹s literally impossible to re-set 30-40 or more knobs. With the instant recall/"Snapshot" ability of this console, this is no longer a real-world limitation. The reaction by artists to this ability as well as the sonic performance is phenomenal. Who wouldn¹t be ecstatic about having more control over their music¹s presentation?!"
With the Digital LPC now being introduced, the racks are smaller but the capacity and feature set of the LPC has grown exponentially. The new Harrison LPC Digital Live Performance Console features a totally digital signal path. Harrison will be exhibiting the LPC at the AES Convention in New York this September 21-24 in booth #850.
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