Soundcraft Board on Tour with Idlewood

Mar 24, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Marquee Audio reported that is has supplied a Soundcraft MH4 audio mixing console to Tour Tech, which immediately went out with Idlewild, initially to support Coldplay on its European tour.

The first engineer to use Tour Tech's new board is Glasgow-based Richie Dempsey, who is using it for the Idlewood tour. Dempsey has been working with the band since the V2001 festival and said that the combination of Tour Tech's support and the intuitive dependability of the desk made this choice easy. "Although the priority was Coldplay, Tour Tech's Jon Burton, who was babysitting the system, was really helpful," said Dempsey. A matrix connection was provided from Coldplay's FOH desk straight into the MH4.

With Idlewild, he mixed three guitars, two vocals, bass, drums and acoustic guitar with pickup, using 25 channels on the board and four stereo FX returns. "We were playing back through a V-DOSC system, which is fairly unforgiving; if you make a mistake, you will be found out. Fortunately, the MH4 didn't allow me to. The EQ sounded particularly good at the high end. I was able to roll off a bit of the highs and it sounded really nice. I really liked the desk prompts and the fact that it tells you what to do with reference to the mute groups and VCAs, for example. You really couldn't fail."

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