Ting Tings FOH engineer
Trevor Gilligan with system
tech Toby Donovan.
New York (March 27, 2009)--The Ting Tings' new FOH engineer, Trevor Gilligan, used a batch of Martin W8LC compact line array enclosures on the band's recent UK tour.
For the group's first production tour following on the heels its hit single "That's Not My Name," it occasionally played through the house system, but the staple was nine Martin Audio W8LC compact line array enclosures flown either side, with four ground-stacked WS218X subs, all provided by production company Capital Sound Hire.
"I have always liked the Martin Audio line array concept because it is a horn-loaded system and you can use the coloration to your advantage. It's an easy system to work - they are certainly punchy yet easy on the ear; for the Ting Tings, we were delivering a nice, fat 100dB."
The Ting Tings' Jules De Martino (drums, guitar, vocals) and Katie White (vocals, guitar, bass drum) serve up a versatile mix, swopping instruments mid-number and introducing a brass section on four numbers, while De Martino delivers a maze of electronic loops activated by half a dozen foot panels.
Gilligan made minimal use of the effects on his Yamaha M7CL. "It's mainly a pretty raw mix; essentially them coming down the channels," he said, adding that he was asked "to make the drums more bumpy and fat. Jules wanted it gritty at the low end. In other words, although the mix is similar to the album, I have had to add weight to the low end so that once the crowd recognize the song, they can really get off on it."
In addition, Cap Sound provided four Martin W2s for front fill and a W8C for outfill. "This is just to give presence around the side where the array isn't hitting," says Capital Tech Toby Donovan. Martin Audio components also featured heavily at the stage end with a mix of in-ears and sleek Martin Audio LE1500 floor wedges.