New York (January 19, 2006)–Singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright recently hit the road for a four-week European tour with an audio system looked after by Front of House engineer, Matt Manasse.
FOH engineer Matt Manasse during the recent Rufus Wainwright European tour”Some venues were better than others,” explained Manasse. “We played everything from nasty night clubs to beautiful concert halls and theatres, so we had to rely on local racks and stacks for the shows in continental Europe. It would have been really difficult to carry enough PA to cover such a variety of venues. And at this point it’s just not cost effective.” However, Manasse credits carrying a DiGiCo D1 on the tour as a boon in those situations.
“The DiGiCo D1 really helps where you don’t have a consistent system,” he said. “The output stage has got insertable processing channels (IPCs), so I could tune any system and time align it without having to carry extensive outboard. It’s a very powerful tool. You can make some horrible places sound great. Also, we had an Adamson Y10 line array for the UK dates with XTA DP226s running the system, which made an enormous difference.”
Manasse ran what was originally his local rack on stage with a DiGiCo MiniRack at front of house. “I have an XTA D2 over Wainwright’s vocals to eliminate unwanted peaks in his voice. I use the D2 rather than the console for this because I want to compress or limit more than one frequency at a time, and I find it easier to do it with an external unit. Other than that, I am using only the console’s internal effects, four reverbs and the tap delay. It’s really easy and it sounds great.”