Europe - In recent years, Bruno Mars has evolved from talented performer to Grammy-winning global megastar and, from his performance at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris (formerly The Bercy) this month, it is easy to see why. The 24K Magic World Tour oozes quality, from the artist's outrageous voice and musicianship to the show's epic production standards, the core of which is driven by two DiGiCo SD7 mixing consoles.
Bruno Mars has just completed a three-month European leg of his 24K Magic World Tour. In that time, the crew has barely been able to catch a breath, explains FOH engineer, Chris Rabold.
“We've been all over Europe, and that's only the end of this part,” Rabold reports, adding that the US is next – and probably a couple of one-off shows and TV performances will happen in between.
The PA for this tour is the flagship Clair offering - the Cohesion system, which Rabold is a big fan of; and when it comes to mixing the show, the only desk that can provide the multitude of I/O he required is a DiGiCo SD7.
“There's like, a million ins and outs, so the SD7 has been kind of a default for me for several years now,” Rabold says. “The console is so fast, and everything is right there; it's easy to program offline, and the speed at which you can move things around - particularly in the rehearsal period when things are changing – is fantastic.
“The SD7 is also great when you're in promo. It's so often a super-intense, scrutinised process, as Bruno will want 10 things in five seconds, and the desk is just so fast with regard