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World’s loudest band tours with Red Snapper

American heavy metallers Manowar have been using a DiGiCo SD9 during the European leg of their current world tour, writes Paul Watson

US metal-heads Manowar hold the Guinness World Record for being the loudest band in the world; and monitor engineer Achim Lanzendorf has opted for DiGiCo’s Red Snapper to keep sound levels sensible on stage during the European leg of their Death to Infidels world tour. German rental company B&R Medientechnik has had a working relationship with Manowar since 2002; and Manowar’s bassist (who also manages and founded the band) Joey de Maio developed a strong friendship with B&R’s owner Bernd Kugler over that period of time. Together, and with the help of Lanzendorf, the SD9 was brought in to provide a small footprint and high quality audio monitoring solution. Already familiar with the workings of DiGICo’s SD7 and SD8 consoles, Lanzendorf says getting to grips with the user interface on the SD9 was very straightforward.
“In practice everything worked very easily and smoothly; fortunately you don’t have to read a manual to be able to get working quickly,” he explains. “I could easily find my way around the SD9 and could also explain a lot of features to Joey [de Maio].” “Our love of English console manufacturers made our decision to invest in the DiGiCo SD9 very easy,” adds Kugler. “The exceptional speed of both the console manufacturer and the German distributor meant we were able to supply the SD9 in time for the Eastern Europe part of the tour which included festivals such as Sonisphere in Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey.” Lanzendorf says he wanted to take things beyond the high sound levels on stage and create a perfect acoustic result through his monitor mix – and that the SD9 allowed him to do just that even without a soundcheck; and also turned a few heads along the way. “It was like jumping in at the deep end, but it was also very cool,” he says. “And when we arrived with the little Red Snapper, we got jealous looks from the other engineers and it was easy to find a suitable place in the crowded backstage area between four or five other consoles, yet still get the ideal view to the stage.”