Quantum launches next Kasabian chapter
Wednesday, 7 December 2022
kasabianKasabian plans to continue touring in 2023
Rock band Kasabian has enjoyed a 25-year career that includes a busy touring roster and seven studio albums. With guitarist Serge Pizzorno now full-time lead vocalist and new album The Alchemist’s Euphoria written and released, the band has embarked on a new chapter, underlined by a comprehensive European and UK arena tour.
As it has before, Kasabian’s audio production is relying on DiGiCo, its next generation Quantum technology allowing the audio team to easily navigating the dynamics of Serge’s new role and take advantage of the advanced processing suite for automating monitor console duties and eliminating outboard.
Supplied by Britannia Row, long-term DiGiCo users, FOH engineer, Rob Waite, and monitor engineer, Jamie Hickey, specified their consoles of choice; the compact Quantum 338 at FOH and a Quantum 5 for monitors, with two accompanying SD Racks.
“I joined the team at the start of 2022 and was really pleased to discover I could specify whatever I wanted,” says Rob Waite. “I’ve been a DiGiCo user for a very long time, starting with the D Series and following a natural progression through the SD Series, and now with the new Quantum range. I trust DiGiCo. Regardless of genre, the brand always helps me fulfil the artists’ vision and get the sound they want.”
The tour started in May, opening with a Jools Holland TV appearance, followed by a series of global festivals, an autumn European run, and finished with a UK arena tour.
“I know DiGiCo consoles inside out,” says Waite. “The Quantum 338 is a new model, but the workflow is familiar. The buss structure, the architecture, make it very flexible and powerful. In fact, the high buss count means you can make it do anything you want and then some. Quantum’s new Mustard suite opens up a new palette of processing which allows me to reduce the amount of outboard I use. There are a wealth of different compressor types, giving you great tonal choice, and the all pass filters are a nice addition, providing more flexibility when you’re lining up low-end inputs, as it makes it that much more phase coherent.”
Jamie Hickey joined the tour in September in time for the European leg and UK arenas. “For me, it’s the lack of limitation that’s the greatest appeal to using DiGiCo,” he says. “There’s so much power, so many routing options and so much flexibility built into the core of the console. My workflow is never inhibited or restricted. No matter the situation, I know the console will always deliver.”
With over 30 gigs completed, the engineers were delighted with the performance and reliability of the consoles, and the support from the DiGiCo and Brit Row teams.

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