Los Angeles, CA (July 7, 2014)—When season six of The Voice moved into its final live performance stage, FOH mixer Andrew "Fletch" Fletcher selected the DiGiCo SD7 console.
"The SD7 sounds amazing. I challenge myself now on how little EQ I can use, as most things sound great with just a high-pass filter," says Fletcher, an Emmy Award-winning engineer. According to Fletcher, the DiGiCo console is uniquely capable of handling the large number of inputs and outputs. "This is the only console I can do this show on, if I want to use one console, as I have 153 inputs and 53 outputs."
From the SD7 console, Fletcher generates 53 outputs from the live band music mix and contestant vocals, as well as production audio playback elements, feeding a multi-zoned PA system flown above the audience. Dialog from the four celebrity judges, the host and the contestants is fed to a speech-only speaker system positioned under the audience seats, at various locations around the stage, and flown above the set.
ATK Audiotek of Valencia, CA supplied all of the production sound equipment for the show.
Fletcher separately processes the music and dialog feeds in order to minimize coloration from the front-of-house PA leaking into the mix being created by broadcast production mixer Michael Abbott. The SD7 is integrated with a Waves/DiGiCo MultiRack SoundGrid and SoundGrid Server One. "The SoundGrid system really helps because I can put Waves plug-ins on everybody separately," says Fletcher.
He continues, "I'm using the multiband compressor on all the vocals—I love it. You can get rid of a myriad of problems with that plug-in and get a great vocal sound with little or no EQ. I also use a hall reverb and a plate reverb for vocals, depending on the song, and a room reverb for drums. I round that out with a couple of delays for vocals—all DiGiCo inboard effects."