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Noel Gallagher flying high with Midas

After completing this UK tour with a Midas XL8, Gallagher will continue touring Europe and the US with a PRO6, writes Erica Basnicki.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have just completed a UK tour with a Britannia Row-supplied MIDAS XL8 live at both FOH and on monitors. The former Oasis lead guitarist/songwriter will continue touring with a PRO6 in Europe – much like brother Liam did with Beady Eye – and the US throughout the spring, switching to the new, fast-selling PRO2C for summer festival appearances. His High Flying Birds include former Oasis session pianist Mike Rowe, Lemon Trees drummer Jeremy Stacey, Zutons bassist Russell Pritchard and guitarist Tim Smith.

FOH engineer Antony King and monitor engineer Nahuel Gutierrez (pictured here with the XL8) have a lot to look after at each show, as Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are touring with a 26-piece choir from the Crouch End Festival Chorus and Hertfordshire Chorus, as well as a brass section.

“Out of 96 channels I’m using 93 and out of 48 outputs I’m using 47,” said Gutierrez, who took an XL8 out on monitors for the last-ever Oasis tour. “It’s such a pleasure being back out on the big desk, and I’m having a really good time.

“My inputs include 48 channels for the band and talkback system, 30 wireless mics and 14 stereo in ear systems for some of the band’s techs and the choir, plus we have a three-piece horn section. When we finish the arena tour we go to Europe with the cut down version on the PRO6s, without the choir and the horn section. I’ll save and import the show files into the PRO6; we set it up on the XL8 so that all channels above 56 and mixes 17 through 32 – the choir and the brass – will disappear.”
During the run of the tour, Gutierrez will have to adjust between a large console to Midas’ smallest control surface to date: “It will be different obviously, and will take getting used to, but the main thing is it’s going to sound the same, and have the same operating system, software etc,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to using the new MCA groups on the PRO2C, as I was very involved with the design, so I’m eager to have a play on them.”