Skunk Anansie’s Black Traffic European tour kicked off in late 2012 with audio support from Entec, who supplied a d&b J-Series line array. Entec’s James Kerridge and Richard Gibson looked after the system on the road. Venues on the tour vary between 1200 and 12,000 capacities, so an adaptable system was key. In its largest format, the PA comprised eight d&b J8 speakers per side with four J12 downs, with eight V8s left and right for the side hangs. Eight B2 subwoofers per side went in for the largest shows, arranged in a distributed bass array when the venue allowed it, along with four J-Infra subs. Onstage, there were four Q10s and four Q1s along the stage for in and out fills. The whole system was powered by d&b D12 amps. FOH engineer Paul Ramsay, who has been with the band since 1996, specified a Midas XL4 console for the tour; Entec actually bought the XL4 to meet Ramsay’s spec back in 1997! Ramsay used a lot of outboard gear for the tour, including a TC2290 delay, an Eventide H3000 harmoniser, a Lexicon PCM 91, a TC M6000 reverb, two Yamaha SPX 990s, two Avalon VT 737 valve compressors, two BSS DPR 901s, a dbx 1066 and two dbx RM160s, six Drawmer DS201 gates and a Midas XL42 mic preamp, together with two Summit DCL200s valve compressors and two XTA D2s dual dynamic compressors. Monitors on the tour were looked after by Gibson and mixed by the band’s engineer Gerry Colclough using a Midas PRO9.
Skunk Anansie’s European tour will continue in the UK in March 2013. www.entec-soundandlight.com