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DiGiCo desks ride the Paraiso Express with Alejandro Sanz

Alejandro Sanz has spent almost two years touring his eighth album, Paraiso Express, using two DiGiCo SD7s at FOH position, writes Paul Watson.

Spanish superstar, Alejandro Sanz, has spent 20 months touring in support of his Grammy-winning eighth album, Paraiso Express, with FOH relying on two DiGiCo SD7s to mix the tour. Sanz toured 22 countries, including the USA, Brazil, Peru, Guatemala and Costa Rica, presenting crew with challenging temperatures and humidity. “I have not heard warmth and definition of sound as beautiful as that provided by the SD series,” says FOH engineer, Fernando Diaz. “Having mixed over 4,000 shows in my career, with the SD7 I could finally say that I no longer missed the sound of those old analogue consoles that we loved so much.” Ten days were spent in production rehearsals for the tour (which was nominated for Billboard’s best live tour of 2010) where Sanz and his international band of musicians honed a two-hour set. “Alejandro wants his fans to enjoy the best sound and so was very happy to have the SD7s on the tour,” says Diaz. “There were over 60 stage channels and 52 UHF frequencies running at the same time, on top of which were processors and effects. “The performance of the SD7s was magnificent. They never gave the slightest problem,” Diaz continues.”The show was recorded in Madrid for an HD DVD in 5.1 sound and a live album. I recorded the show on the SD7 and then mixed it in my own studio, also on an SD7. The sound quality is extraordinary and the DVD has been nominated for a 2011 Latin Grammy Award.” The tour, which kicked off in Mexico back in February 2010, has helped make Paraiso Express achieve triple platinum status in Sanz’ home country of Spain. The album itself features Alicia Keys, following the previous success of collaboration between Sanz and Shakira with the 2005 hit La Tortura, which topped Billboard’s Latin Songs chart for a record 25 weeks.