UK/EUROPE: A DiGiCo D1 console hooked up to a Pro Tools HD1 system was at the centre of the audio specification for the recent tour by blues guitarist/vocalist Gary Moore. A number of the shows were recorded to Pro Tools to provide a wealth of live material that may or may not be released at some point in the future, writes David Davies.
Praising the internal digital effects available on the D1, FOH engineer Dave Wooster noted that "acoustically the D1 is far, far better than anything I've used to date."
Other equipment utilised during the tour included a Martin Audio system supplied by Capital Sound, along with processors from XTA (DP448, DP226).
Explaining the decision to enable full Pro Tools recording, Wooster commented: "The idea of recording the show is to give Gary some further material to use for various things, whether that's a full release, a release of bonus material or a release as a digital download. Alongside that, it was being recorded as a production tool for me to use. I could work on the soundchecks and the show without needing Gary and the band. At the end, I think we did 18 shows' worth of multi-track recordings."
The material was subsequently cleaned up, edited and mixed down as a final master for Moore's possible future use at Wooster's Luton studio, Koolworld.
See the February print issue of Pro Sound News Europe for a full report on the role being played by compact MADI solutions, such as SSL's DeltaLink, in enabling recording to Pro Tools from DiGiCo consoles.