XTA D2 Exposes Dynamics of Mis-Teeq

Dec 19, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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When front-of-house engineer Huw Richards brought the master faders up each night on Mis-Teeq’s recent UK tour, he had more than the band to consider: “This show is by no means quiet. There were times where we were measuring 115 to 118 dB [peak] just from the kids screaming!” Northampton, UK-based TourTech provided adaptable P.A. configurations for the varied range of venues played at.

“I was lucky enough to tour two P.A. systems: dV-DOSC and L’Acoustics ARCS, and at Hammersmith we used V-DOSC with dV-DOSC downfills and ARC in and outfills,” Richards said. “TourTech were very generous and basically supplied anything we wanted with very little added expense. For this type of tour, it was ideal to be able to pick and choose what to apply to each venue with such flexibility.”

System control was XTA across the board, and the dynamics rack saw XTA’s Series 2 to the fore. “In particular, the D2 was very useful for Mis-Teeq,” Richards added, who worked with the Series 2 range extensively at this summer’s Reading Festival. “As well as belting out up-tempo songs and three ballads, the girls are also constantly vibing up the audience, which takes a lot of control from the audio end of things. The D2 was perfect for controlling the dynamics of this type of vocal. And I was most impressed with the additional master compression—all this from a one unit device.”

Richards also used XTA C2 and G2 for straightforward instrument channel inserts and SiDDs.

“I was very impressed with the package,” he concluded. “I didn’t find it necessary to have any other product onboard in the way of system and channel insert. For me, XTA is way ahead of competition with more facilities per unit and 100-percent reliability.”

Dick Rabel, TourTech managing director, added, “We have had a remarkably happy association with XTA from the start. They remain true enthusiasts and constantly seek new avenues of development such as the astonishing 'Series 2' products. It is a tribute to XTA's quality that earlier products such as the DP Series of processing remain 'current' and relevant; they are still the benchmark by which other processors are judged. The demanding requirements of the Mis-Teeq system were perfectly complemented by XTA components both at FOH and monitors.”

For more, visit www.xta.co.uk. For more touring news, visit mixonline.com/live_sound_tour_profiles/index.htm.

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