DiGiCo mixes Jesus Christ Superstar

Thursday, 18 October 2012
DiGiCo mixes Jesus Christ SuperstarBackstage on Jesus Christ Superstar
UK - Laurence Connor's contemporary depiction of Jesus Christ Superstar brings Andrew Lloyd-Webber's show to some of the UK and Ireland's biggest stages: this touring production, which kicked off on 21 September and runs until the end of October, features former Spice Girl, Mel C, comic singer Tim Minchin, and former Radio One breakfast show host, Chris Moyles, and plays host to a number of sizeable venues including Liverpool's Echo Arena, Wembley Arena, and Dublin and London's respective O2 Arenas. With full touring arena audio supplied by SSE/Canegreen, right in control at monitor position every night is a DiGiCo SD7.

"My reason for using a [DiGiCo] SD7 is simple, really: it is literally the only console that can handle a show like this," states monitor engineer, Seamus Fenton, who runs 110 channels from the desk. "Being a theatre production, there are so many vocals to deal with, and this console handles that situation absolutely perfectly."

Initially, Fenton was keen on putting all cast members on in-ear monitors, however, late into production rehearsals, he realised he needed an alternative plan of action.

"Musical theatre is a very complicated genre to work with, to be honest; they sing one line, then they're part of a crowd, and of course sometimes when they're coming off stage, they're still nattering away," he smiles. "These reasons combined meant I wouldn't be able to put everyone on IEMs as I'd originally intended, so I brought in another pair of hands to help me out."

(Jim Evans)

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