Farmingdale, NY (November 20, 2003)–When Mis-Teeq’s FOH engineer Huw Richards brought the master faders up each night on Mis-Teeq’s recent UK tour, he had more than the band to consider, as the show was anything but quiet. Sometimes, they were measuring 115-118dB (peak) just from the crowd screaming. Northampton-based TourTech provided adaptable PA configurations for the varied range of venues played, including two PA systems–L’Acoustics dV-DOSC and ARCS–and XTA system control.
“At Hammersmith we used V-DOSC with dV-DOSC down fills, and ARC in and out fills,” notes Richards. “TourTech were very generous and basically supplied anything we wanted with very little added expense. For this type of tour it was ideal to be able to pick and choose what to apply to each venue with such flexibility.”
System control was XTA across the board and the dynamics rack saw XTA’s Series 2 to the fore. “In particular, the D2 was very useful for Mis-Teeq,” adds Richards, who worked with the Series 2 range extensively at this summer’s Reading Festival. “As well as belting out up-tempo songs and three ballads, the girls are also constantly vibing up the audience, which takes a lot of control from the audio end of things. The D2 was perfect for controlling the dynamics of this type of vocal. I was most impressed with the additional master compression–all this from a one unit device.”
Richards also used XTA C2 and G2 for straightforward instrument channel inserts, and SiDDs, which he says speak for themselves, for numerous applications during the tour. “I was very impressed with the package,” he concludes. “I didn’t find it necessary to have any other product on board in the way of system and channel insert. For me, XTA are way ahead of competition with more facilities per unit, and 100 percent reliability.”
Dick Rabel, TourTech MD, adds, “We have had a remarkably happy association with XTA from the start. They remain true enthusiasts and constantly seek new avenues of development, such as the astonishing Series 2 products. It is a tribute to XTA’s quality that earlier products such as the DP series of processing remain current and relevant–they are still the benchmark by which other processors are judged. The demanding requirements of the Mis-Teeq system were perfectly complemented by XTA components both at FOH and monitors.”
XTA products are exclusively distributed in the U.S. by Group One Ltd. of Farmingdale, NY. Group One is also the exclusive U.S. distributor for Blue Sky International, Milab Microphones, MC2 Audio Ltd., and Celestion Professional Products, as well as a number of prominent lighting products.
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