Everyone likes to see what kind of toys people have out on tour with them, so how about some show and tell. Today’s portion will cover the audio aspects of the tour, and next time I’ll get into what our backline is, and how it’s more awesome then the average band.
On this tour, we’re carryings consoles, and a supplemental audio package. We use house systems every day, and I bring in some extra subs/front fills to beef up the house rigs. We are also completely self contained on stage. We carry our own cabling, stands, mics and even stage power. This means everything is super consistent on stage, and nothing ever changes. It makes troubleshooting a piece of cake, and it makes set up/tear down super fast. It also makes the house guys have a super easy day, which makes everyone happy.
For FOH and mons, we’re carrying a pair of Digidesign SC48’s. They were my first pick because they are compact, powerful and sound good. On club tours, you never know how much space you’ll have on deck or at FOH, and being able to fit anywhere is a must. We’ve got these desks maxed out though. 48 inputs on both ends, and 18 outputs on the monitor end. These consoles get quite the workout every day!
On the supplemental end of things, we’ve got quite a lot of toys. I’m carrying 6 Clair BT218 subwoofers for FOH, and 4 Clair FF2 front fills. We’ve also got 2 BT218’s on deck for side fill subs, and a pair of Clair I5B’s for drum fill. This is all of course powered with Lab Gruppen PLM20000’s. Quite a lot of power!
After a little work with SMAART each day, I am able to get my gear to play nicely with the house gear, and add quite a bit of impact to my show. It’s amazing what a few extra subs can do to your show!
That’s all for now… More soon!