Monitor engineer François Paré has chosen a DiGiCo SD7console for Foster The People’s current tour. He has been working with the American indie pop band for just over a year, and needed a mixing desk that could handle the band’s expanded summer tour set up. “I'd been working on a maxed out board since I started with the band and I thought, now is the time to make a change in this set up. I talked with Foster's FOH engineer James Lawrenson about what we should do to make the gig better and what we both wanted to do with the set up. After our numerous chats, I came to the conclusion that there are not many boards out there that could give me more than 32 auxes.” Foster the People’s Summer 2012 tour began at the end of May and makes full use of the SD7, which came with two 96k SD-Racks and two Waves SoundGrids. “I will have 81 inputs from the stage and 38 auxes,” Paré (pictured) explained, “15 stereo auxes for IEMs “seven mono auxes of wedges, two auxes for sidefills, 12 FX and two more mono auxes for a front of house shout system and drum subs. I also use matrixes for the LD' and video operator’s mix and my cue mix. We have a pretty nice communication system going on our gig, where everyone can speak to everyone at anytime. I even have the comms system used between our LD and the follow spots routed into the SD7. I also have the walkie talkies routed in the console and all of the techs have tech mics with toggle pedals that route their mic to various places.” In additions, Paré explained, working with Foster the People requires a large degree of flexibility from its engineers: “The band loves to throw stuff at us and we always try to make it happen. In Mexico a few weeks ago, the band saw a Mariachi band playing on the streets one evening. The next day, when they showed up for soundcheck an hour before doors, they announced that the Mariachi band was playing that night with them, so we accounted for that right away. As the set up changes a lot and as I want to be super flexible, I think the SD7 is an obvious choice.”www.digico.org
DiGiCo SD7 rocks The Who's reprised Quadrophenia tour
The Who's 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia has been reprised in a 37 date live multimedia tour, deploying a pair of DiGiCo SD7 consoles at FOH and monitors.