London (May 15, 2007)--Their most recent album tanked in the U.S. but Welsh alt-rock band Lostprophets is solidifying its presence elsewhere in the world, as evidenced by the fact that it's graduating to arenas for its upcoming world tour. Along for the ride will be a Nexo Geo T Series array system, which will make the band the first act to tour with the new NXstream system management software.
Doof, FOH engineer for Lostprophets, is the first engineer to tour with a PA using Nexo's new NXstream system management software.Lostprophets and their front-of-house engineer Alan 'Doof' McCann are big fans of Nexo, having specified an Alpha system worldwide for two tours in 2006. For the next tour, SSE Audio Group has upgraded them to a Nexo Geo T Series system plus Nexo's NX242 second-generation digital controller, fitted with NXtension (expander) memory cards, and carrying the NXstream software operating system.
"It's the best I've ever heard it sound," said Jason 'Baboon' Hattams, SSE's senior systems tech. "The system has so much more information on the top end, all the way to 16KHz. When I first heard it, I thought, 'I'd mix on that without any EQ.' "
His words are echoed by Doof, FOH engineer for Lostprophets for the last six years. "With the new operating system NXstream, I found Geo T a lot tighter, easier to control, and more responsive. I try to layer my mixes as much as I can, and get a lot of detail down."
Doof admitted, "Once we start, I never look up as I'm constantly changing things and adjusting to the way the band is playing on the night. The new Geo T gives me all the detail I need; I used to mix through headphones, but on this tour, I don't need to bother."
Lostprophets's touring system is carrying both digital and analog consoles--a Midas Heritage 3000 for Doof, and a Soundcraft Vi6 for Jason Hattams to mix the support bands Aiden and Taking Back Sunday. Part of the FOH arrangement are a half-dozen XTA C2 compressors--used on the bass guitar (which is both mic'd and DI'd), clean guitar channels and keyboards--and four G2 noise gates used across the drums.
"I've worked on a lot of things for SSE, but I came across XTA's units by chance, working on something completely unrelated," said Doof. "To be honest, they were the best I'd ever used. Sonically they're completely transparent and I love the fact that I can do a lot of the EQing on them. The way the filters are set up means I can do all the basic EQ settings on the XTAs, which allows me to be a lot more creative with the EQ on the desk."
The units were apparently a help when the act recently played Wembley Arena: "Wembley's always a challenge, the low end seems to go out into the loading area, roll around out there and then come back and bite you on the arse," laughs Doof. "The XTAs got rid of all the nastiness I didn't want. Wembley needs that extra bit of control, which the C2s and G2s provide. And I can filter on the G2s without any compromise."
For the PA, Doof has specified Lostprophets' arena system with main left and right arrays each of 17 Geo T4805s plus three T2815s. Side hangs left and right use eight T4805s plus a pair of T2815s. The system uses a dozen CD18 subbass each side. With 10 NX242 controllers, the system is entirely run on an EtherSound network, powered by Camco Vortex 6 amplifiers.