New York (August 23, 2005)–Back in its mid-80s heyday, legions of teens referred to Duran Duran as “D2” for short; these days, the band itself is benefiting from a D2 of a different sort. Preparing for the second leg of the band’s Astronaut world tour, lead singer Simon LeBon has been wearing personal monitors mixed by Leon Dalton, who has a pair of XTA D2 stereo dynamic EQs on the monitor vocal, assuring LeBon that he’s hearing a sound tailored to his voice.
Dalton has one XTA D2 positioned on the input to the monitor console from LeBon’s microphone. The other D2 is stationed on the console output to the singer’s personal monitor. “Simon has a very flamboyant vocal style,” remarked Dalton. “He has a lot of nuances to it, especially in the top end, so the ability that the D2 gives me to choose which frequencies I compress and precisely how much is incredibly helpful. It’s the best dynamic compressor I’ve ever used in this kind of application, and I’m looking forward to using it again.”
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