Tel Aviv, Israel (August 27, 2013)—During the David Byrne and St. Vincent 2012 tour, FOH engineer Peter Keppler (David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, Rufus Wainwright, Katy Perry) opted for a WavesLive SoundGrid system with a DiGiCo SD10 console.
Keppler has been using plugins in his shows with VENUE consoles, and now, having switched to DiGiCo, he was able to take his plugins with him to the new platform. “Waves MultiRack SoundGrid with Waves plugins has been vital to my sound and workflow with the DiGiCo desks. My go-to plugins are the Waves C6 Multiband Compressor, CLA-76 and TrueVerb, and of course I use several others as well,” Keppler said. “I can use much more gentle compression on the channel, because any of the ‘peak-y’ frequencies are taken care of beforehand with C6, and subsequently retain more of the singer’s dynamics. Also, I do some basic EQ with the C6, and that leaves more of the console channel EQ available to me if I need it.”
“The CLA-76 and PuigTec EQP-1A are both great on acoustic guitar,” Keppler continued. “I use it to make an acoustic much more aggressive for a rock and roll show, so you can really hear and feel it without overtaking the mix. Shorten the attack time and lengthen the release a little, and it will work great for more acoustic-based music, too.”