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Alt-rockers choose Midas for 48hr gig-fest

test 6 January 2009

UK/IRELAND: Snow Patrol utilised a plethora of Midas consoles when it played four gigs in 48 hours, writes David Davies. A Midas PRO6 Live Audio System was deployed at monitors for the first three shows, while an XL8 was specified for the final gig. Both systems were provided by Britannia Row, with Heritage 3000s sourced locally for FOH.

The alt-rock band – currently touring in support of fifth studio album A Hundred Million Suns – played shows in Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh and London in just two days.

Having completed a two-hour lunchtime show at Dublin’s Gate Theatre on October 26th, Snow Patrol was back on-stage at the Belfast Empire at 8pm. Three hours later, the crew was onboard a ferry to the next destination, Edinburgh, where the band played another two-hour midday show. The final stint of the quickfire tour took the group to London’s Bloomsbury Theatre, where the band arrived on-stage at 9.30.

Snow Patrol was supported along the way by rental companies Litton Lane, the Production House, EFX and Britannia Row.

“The PRO6 is a great desk,” said Snow Patrol’s monitor engineer, Tristan Farrow (pictured here with the XL8). “The software upgrade, surface layout and small footprint make it very functional for a monitor engineer, and of course it sounds amazing. Ultimately, as sound engineers, the best possible sound should always be our main priority.”

Recent weeks have also brought news of the first fully-fledged PRO6/XL8 tour, undertaken by Eddi Reader and rental company EFX. Meanwhile, Irish rental companies MG Audio and Murt Whelan Sound and Lighting have become early purchasers of the new PRO6 system. For more on all this, click here.

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