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Mackie SRM Series Pumps Up Premier New England Rock Venue

It’s not often that an audio professional will purchase gear without ever having heard it, particularly for an entire stage setup blasting high profile hard rock and punk bands. But long-time live sound pro Jim Roese, works as the Production Manager/Monitor Engineer, confidently took this plunge with Mackie products to redo the stage setup of Bernie’s Bar in Nashua. Clarity, punch, plenty of headroom, simple durability and stage volume are paramount factors in outfitting a rock venue.

For owner/booker Bernie Coulet, matching price to product was the concern. Working within a budget meant having to find the best stage setup without upsetting bands, fans or the bottom line. Knowing he would need something with quality that was also powerful, sturdy and affordable, Roese ordered ten new SRM650s, sight unseen.

Roese explains “I’ve been using Mackie gear for many, many years, including the SRM450 and the DL1608 mixer. The SRM450s, in particular always sounded great, and never had a problem. So I was pretty confident the SRM650 would be a quality product.” As he puts it, “I looked at the specs, I knew it would be built like a tank, and would compete with boxes selling for twice that much. And we were right…Mackie delivered.”

The SRM650 packs 1600W of power into an all-wood frame. Providing high-definition audio processing and unmatched clarity, the SRM650s supply people like Roese and venues like Bernie’s Bar with exactly what they need. For national touring acts that crave good sound and have come to expect it, Roese’s Mackie setup has left bands, tour managers, sound guys, and fans with smiles on their faces.

In addition to ten SRM650s, Roese added other players in the Mackie line to fill out the setup. “I put in an SRM1850 as a drum sub and a pair of the SRM550s as well. Mackie has always built a great product,” Roese concludes. “Their stuff works, and it sounds great. I wanted Bernie’s to get great quality gear that fit their budget, so we purchased it, put it in the club, and everyone loves it.”


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