United Kingdom (December 5, 2007)–Quirk-rockers Maximo Park have been touring the world this year, winding up with a current series of shows around Europe and the UK. For those last dates, Britannia Row supplied a Turbosound Aspect rig, with the band’s FOH engineer Trevor Gilligan mixing on a 56 channel DiGiCo D5 console.
The Aspect system comprises nine TA-890H mid/high, nine TA-890L low cabinets and two TQ-440 full range speakers per side, augmented with four TSW-218 subs. On stage, 16 Turbosound TFM-450 wedges are supplemented by two TFL-760H and four TFS-780L as side fills, with pairs of TFM-450s and TQ-425Sps for drum fills. The system is driven by T25 and T45 amplifiers, with system control by Dolby Lake processors.
“We were playing a wide range of different venues, so the fact that Aspect works well in many different situations was a real bonus,” says Gilligan. “It could be ground stacked or flown and it always worked well, even if you could only get a few boxes above people’s heads. Sonically, using a point source system is much better than line array in smaller venues and Aspect is also compact and light. Not only does our entire PA and lighting rig fit into one truck, its compactness aids sight lines at venues. Audiences go to gigs to watch the band, not the PA.”
Gilligan has been using DiGiCo consoles for longer, for around five years now. “I started using digital when working with Oasis,” he says. “And the D5 is still only digital console that I can walk up to and get a mix out of without having to open a manual or start making calls. The routing is so easy, whoever designed it got it spot on.”
The Maximo Park tour doesn’t makes heavy demands on the console–Gilligan is using just 26 inputs and he prefers to mix on the fly, rather than using scenes. “I would use snapshots and scenes if it was a big production, but we’re in a different venue every night and there aren’t a lot of effects changes. So it’s actually easier to mix the old-fashioned way,” he says.
“The D5 looks very prestigious and I like a small console at places like Barrowlands where the punters are likely to be throwing beer about. They provide less of a target,” he smiles. “And space for FOH is always at a premium in club venues, so the onboard effects are very helpful. Indeed, the band’s management came round at one point and asked where all the outboard was. So I just pointed to the D5 and said ‘in there’!”