Olivier Gerard (aka Gg) has been working with Simple Minds since 2009
UK - Simple Minds, one of the biggest pop-rock bands of the eighties, is back with their sixteenth studio album, Big Music. Simple Minds are currently in the middle of a major UK and European tour, Big Music + Greatest Hits 2015. FoH engineer Olivier Gerard (aka Gg) has been working with Simple Minds since 2009. One of the key elements of his system setup on this tour (and indeed many others) is his Intelli-X 2 48 loudspeaker processor and system management device from Apex.

"On tour you need to be both reliable and efficient," explained Gerard. "That means you need good tools. The Intelli-X 2 is the equivalent of the Swiss army knife for FoH engineers - in other words, it does everything, and does it well! It's great to have in any situation, but it really comes into its own if you're touring a lot on house PA systems.

"It's all there, just a click away," continued Gerard. "Filters, delays, graphic EQs, parametric EQs etc. on both the inputs and the outputs. The ability to select either AES or analogue inputs and outputs is great, and when you're touring with a smaller desk, you can drive up to eight outputs from your main feed - that's really handy.

"You can configure and control it from your laptop, but if you prefer not to for any reason, the front panel LCD is really intuitive and easy to use. Personally, I always have one in my rack to stay in full control of my audio. I wouldn't go on tour without it."

(Jim Evans)

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