United Kingdom (June 11, 2015)—Following his recent US tour, folk-pop singer Ben Howard played a string of arenas round the UK, with rental company Nitelites providing DiGiCo SD7 consoles for both Front of House and monitors.
Nitelites director Andy Magee, who has been working with Howard since 2012, elected to take up the FOH position, with Barrie Pitt mixing monitors. “The band knows exactly what they want and we try very hard to give it to them. It’s always a challenge and every console we use is pushed to the limits of its performance,” he says. “Almost all the band members are engineers and have worked in studios, so they push us really hard. It’s good for us because it keeps us sharp.
At FOH, the show is dependent on automation, said Magee: “If things change during the show, I can hit a safe button and get exactly what I need,” he says. “The band is great and the show sounds fantastic; the layering in the music is really subtle. With other consoles you just don’t hear everything with such depth.”
The SD7 has the addition of a Waves Soundgrid, along with a DiGiGrid MGB to multitrack every show to a MacBook, which he plays back to Howard each day.