SQ rocks O2 Arena with Brass Against
Thursday, 29 August 2019
mike-taylor-at-foh-the-o2-11th-june-2019-by-luke-dysonMike Taylor at FOH at the O2 Arena (photo: Luke Dyson)
Europe - Allen & Heath’s compact SQ digital mixer recently wrapped up a 22-date European tour with Brass Against, including working FOH and monitors for the band’s support slot with Lenny Kravitz at London’s O2 Arena.
The band called upon Production & Touring Ltd. (P&T) to support their shows on both sides of the Atlantic. “At P&T, we work with artists all over world, from first timers to larger seasoned acts, and our goal is to make it financially viable to tour without compromising on expertise or gear,” explains P&T’s director, Mike Taylor.
“Brass Against needed an affordable package that had to facilitate everything from a 500-capacity venue right up to the O2 Arena and festival stages. The final kicker was that the whole lot, including the backline, had to fit into a bus bay.”
In designing a compact, cost-effective system for Brass Against, P&T opted for two SQ-6 consoles, three DX168 remote I/O boxes, a DX Hub, an SLink card and a Waves card.
“All of the stage boxes are mounted in to a single 15U case with the IEMs and radio mics mounted in the rear. It is super compact and easy to set up. We have split the console over two layers, so when we are only using one console we can process the channels for Monitors differently to FOH, so if we change the EQ for instance it doesn’t change everywhere. When we require two consoles, we just load the show file and FOH takes control of their channels and the monitor console takes control of theirs - it’s wonderfully easy.”
Overall, Mike has been left in no doubt that SQ is the right console for the job, concluding: “The SQs have been the perfect console for this tour. They are compact, heavyweight in sound and adaptability, intuitively laid out. We haven’t found anything that they can’t do.”
(Jim Evans)

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