Los Angeles, CA (December 2016)—Up-and-coming popster Andy Grammer hit the road this year on a co-headlined trek with Gavin DeGraw as well as opening up for Train. The modus operandi for each excursion was to travel light, and with that in mind, Grammer and his four-piece band carried a DiGiCo SD10 console for FOH and an SD9 desk for monitorworld, both upgraded with Stealth Core 2 engines.
“The SD9 with the Stealth Core 2 upgrade is a total space-saver in an already great-sounding console,” said William Valentine, monitor engineer, pictured above. “We could not have done this tour on an SD9 before SC2, and had an SD8 on hold just in case. Thankfully, the software came out exactly when we needed it and we were able to be one of the first tours out with it. Opening up capacity from 48 flexi-channels to 96 total channels on this desk meant that we could fit everything we needed to and still have additional capacity to add things while on tour, if necessary. Having that many channels in such a small form factor is truly a game changer.”
Meanwhile, FOH mixer Adam Robinson used his DiGiCo SD10 extensively, setting up macros to do instant effects inserts on the fly as it also let him keep the entire show at his fingertips. Both consoles, which were supplied by Clair Global, share a single SD-Rack.
“Adam and I share eight channels over fiber with the SD-Rack, which is great because there’s no copper to run,” adds Valentine. “We have complete connectivity between the desks. And the gain tracking on the SD9 is second to none.”