New York, NY (December 6, 2013)—For the past seven months, engineer Fabian Quiroga has manned the monitors with a DiGiCo SD8 desk for the psychedelic rock group MGMT. The desk is provided by Eighth Day Sound’s UK shop.
“After doing a few small tours with the band’s previous console, I knew I had to go back to my DiGiCo board,” Quiroga said. “When I came into this camp, management wanted the transition of a new monitor engineer to be as smooth as possible and they asked if I could use the former board. Ugh, no. So for this European leg of the tour, I’ve gotten my SD8 back out with me and it has already made a huge difference.”
“I believe we have a total of 46 inputs,” he added, “not including my stage talk backs. Plus, the whole band is on ears with the new Ultimate Ears UE Personal Reference Monitors and Sennheiser G3 belt packs, with the exception of the bass player, who is on a d&b audiotechnik M2 system (sometimes two if the stage space allows it). I also give the drummer a d&b Q-sub to give him a little more feel.”
“I use a designated reverb for each of their vocals and a couple room verbs for the drums in order to recreate the room we are playing at in their ears,” Quiroga added. “I also use a couple delays for a keyboard in order to recreate the effect used on the lead synth for the song ‘Kids’ from their first album. As I said before, I try to be very minimal when it comes to effects (even though I am using over 10 onboard FX). I rely heavily on my onboard effects and my audience mics positioning in order to recreate the room.”