DiGiCo D5 Makes Rounds With Duran Duran

Mar 18, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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A D5 Live FMX (front-of-house and monitors) supplied by Cleveland-based Eighth Day Sound was on hand for the current Duran Duran world tour, which began in late-2003 in the U.S. and then jetted over to New Zealand and Australia, where they played solo and in support of another D5 user, Robbie Williams.

The U.S. leg of the tour played small to mid-sized theaters, and a combination of theaters and stadiums with Williams in New Zealand and Australia.

Audio crew for Duran Duran included front-of-house engineer Scottie Pakulski, Simon Higgs (monitor engineer), Jim Corbin (crew chief/system tech) and Trevor Waite (system tech).

"I'm feeding the P.A. as four stereo zones: V-DOSC, dV-DOSC, in-fills and subs," commented Pakulski. "We are configured for 96 inputs and I am using just the internal effects and processing of the D5 and XTA DP226 crossovers for time correction—no outboard effects, processing, etc.—and they all sound amazing."

The D5 Live FMX system gives a full 112 mic inputs onstage, with a work surface for monitors and one for FOH, both with their own local DiGiRacks. Gain Tracking (patent-pending) allows either console operator to change any input gain without affecting the sound balance on either console, and is selectable on each channel independently on each console. Three 150-meter drums of fiber-optic cable are provided to allow for a digital split and full redundancy of the fiber multicore.

"I like the D5's size and fiber-optic snake system," concluded Pakulski. "The fact that it sounds great doesn't hurt either!"

Eighth Day Sound's Owen Orzak added: "We're really pleased with the rapid acceptance of the D5 by both FOH and monitor engineers who have not previously used digital consoles. Reliability of the D5 and support from DiGiCo have been top-notch."

The tour travels to the UK in April and will be the first time the original lineup of the band has appeared there in 18 years.

For more information about the consoles, visit www.digiconsoles.com. For more information about Eighth Day Sound, visit www.8thdaysound.com. For more touring news, visit mixonline.com/live_sound_tour_profiles/index.htm.

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