New York (July 7, 2010)—If you don’t know them by now, you will never, never, never know them—because Simply Red is calling it a day with a farewell tour, bringing a Midas XL8 along for the ride.
Veteran UK soul-pop band Simply Red have reportedly sung the praises of the Midas XL8 live performance system since the tour began in Recif, Brazil in April. Monitor engineer Graham Blake, whose 25 years’ experience includes working with Queen, Live Earth, Spice Girls and the Classical Brits as well as the last five years with Simply Red, says: “The band all commented on the warmth and richness of the sound. They really noticed the difference. I’ve never had a band respond to new equipment like that before.”
Blake is using the XL8 on the road for the first time, having completed the training with Midas’ brand development manager Richard Ferriday some eight months before the tour started. “Even with that kind of gap, it was easy to pick up,” says Blake.
Blake’s tour set up, which is relatively straightforward as all the band use personal monitor systems with no on-stage monitoring, comprises nine stereo in-ear mixes for the band and some of the backline techs, plus one mix for a sub bass cabinet for the drummer.
The POP(ulation) groups have been the standout feature for Blake so far. “They make it so quick and easy to access a group of inputs for mixes,” he says, while also enthusing about the XL8’s onboard FX and dynamics.
“The onboard graphics are great and the onboard compression is really handy. There’s so much choice of compression, each has its own applications and it’s all right in front of you. I am also using all the onboard gates and comps, which are good enough for me not to need any outboard, and the reverbs perform really well.”
Blake is using the same console, on hire from Britannia Row, for the whole tour which encompasses over 80 dates across more than 25 countries.