Tedeschi Trucks Band Engineers Use DiGiCo Consoles in Recording Shows

Oct 3, 2012 2:53 PM

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The Tedeschi Trucks Band

In 2012, the Tedeschi Trucks Band released Everybody's Talkin': Tedeschi Trucks Band Live, a 2-CD set that documents highlights from the 11-piece band's 2011 tour behind its latest studio release, Revelator. SK Systems, based in Islandia, N.Y., provided the audio system for this tour, which included DiGiCo SD10 (front-of-house) and SD8 (monitors) consoles. Monitor engineer Bobby Tis used the SD8 console as part of his recording rig.

“For that 2011 tour,” Tis says, “I brought out a rack of Neve and API outboard preamps and a few sweet vintage compressors. We used them for some of our most important channels and fed the preamps' line-in to the DiGiCo stage rack. I recorded to two systems simultaneously throughout the whole tour. I had Cubase running on my MacBook Pro through a [RME HDSPe] MADIface as my backup recorder, which I also used for playback for the band and virtual soundcheck. The main recorder—the one we mixed the album from—was a JoeCo BBR-64 MADI. The JoeCo recorder integrated seamlessly with the DiGiCo and gave us 64 recordable tracks via MADI. It was easy to use, stable, and—amazingly—neither recorder crashed the whole tour and the tracks sounded great. Having the DiGiCo for these recordings made the project very easy. I was even able to assign a stereo aux to a pair of tracks and print a rough mix along with the multitracks as the show was going on. I would do it again the same way.”

Front-of-house engineer Brian Speiser uses the SD10 in tandem with an RME MADIFace into a MacBook Pro running Logic to track the occasional show for virtual soundcheck purposes. But he says that for most shows, he’s recording a board mix through that same setup as a reference for the band to listen to.

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FOH engineer Brian Speiser (left) and monitor engineer Bobby Tis

Speiser says that the SD10's EQ/multiband comp capabilities help him "to be able to put any sort of fader or output in any slot I want. I can keep everything I need in front of me and move channels I don't need as often. Having an 11-piece band, you really need to make the most out of the space you have, and I can personalize the console exactly as I see fit. The dynamic EQ is a great way to maintain the life of a vocal or instrument and still pull certain trouble frequencies out only when they start to get out of control. One other feature that has come in quite handy on the SD10 is the multiple User Defined Keys [macros]. With so much going on on our stage, and musicians moving around to different mics, I'm able to use the macros to change what mics show up on what channels, allowing me to keep everybody's settings the same for their voice or instrument no matter where on stage they decide to play.”






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