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Digico SD7 mixers create ‘epic’ sound on Bruno Mars’ high-production world tour

Global superstar Bruno Mars’ world tour is being mixed on two Digico SD7 consoles, for a show with ‘epic’ production standards.

The Grammy-winning artist has just completed the three-month European leg of the 24K Magic World Tour, with his crew “barely able to catch a breath”, according to FOH engineer Chris Rabold.

Rabold explained that the Digico SD7 was the “only mixing desk that could provide the multitude of I/O” he required, which works alongside a Clair Global Cohesion PA system.

He said: “The console is so fast, and everything is right there; it’s easy to programme offline, and the speed at which you can move things around – particularly in the rehearsal period when things are changing – is fantastic.

“The SD7 is also great when you’re in promo,” he added. “It’s so often a super-intense, scrutinised process, as Bruno will want 10 things in five seconds, and the desk is just so fast with regards to that. I use quite a lot of snapshots – again, because it’s just so quick – and that capability also really matters.”

Monitor engineer Ramon Maroles is also using an SD7, saying his console is “pretty much packed out”. He said: “Input wise, it’s a ton of stuff, as it’s a pretty big band up there; and output wise, it’s pretty extensive, too.

“When I went to redo my session structure, I had one channel left for DSP – I never thought I would get to this point, but we’re here! Like Chris, I am running at 96kHz, which takes up more DSP, of course, but it makes such a huge sonic difference, so I always want to work there,” Maroles added.

Rabold said: “Systems are so much better these days, so you definitely hear the improvement running at 96kHz. There is so much working against us engineers on a daily basis, so any little thing we can do to improve the source helps.”

Mars’ vocal goes through an Avalon 737 – “for a little warmth”, says Morales – and aside from Morale’s Brascati M7 reverb and TC system 6000, which he spreads across different engines, he is mostly using DiGiCo’s onboard effects.

“I’m using some of the reverbs and the delays,” said Morales. “On certain inputs, I have been using the dynamic EQ and compressor, and it’s all working great. The sound quality is really good, so it’s a fantastic combination.”