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DiGiCo console used on Danish singer’s tour

A DiGiCo SD11 console was used on Danish singer-songwriter Mads Langer’s recent tour, writes Paul Watson.

Danish singer-songwriter Mads Langer is now breaking through as an international artist, bringing his guitar-based ballads from his first major label release, Behold, to a wider audience. His recent end-of-year tour was aided by two DiGiCo SD11 consoles and Neumann digital microphones

Victory Tour Production provided a pair of SD11s and shared SD racks for the tour, purchased via DiGiCo’s Danish distributor Soundware, with DiGiCo supplying AES42 interfaces.

“We wanted to use Neumann digital microphones and DiGiCo is one of only two manufacturers who currently offer the right interface, allowing us to have digital audio all the way from the microphone capsules to the loudspeakers,” says FOH engineer Jacob Navne. “We were on a very tight budget and I needed something with a small footprint, as we were playing small venues in some of the territories where Mads is still to become a chart artist. I opted for the SD11 as it is incredibly handy and affordable.”

Navne utilises 27 inputs – 16 from the digital microphones, plus a number of digital AES3 lines. The only analogue feeds were from two acoustic guitars and a ukulele.

“I mixed the show dynamically, going with the songs, the mood of the band and the capabilities of the room,” Jacob reveals. “We were playing in anything from 300-capacity venues, to some holding over 2,000, so the PA and acoustics were very different from day to day. The system was very clear and transparent – they were great-sounding shows, even in small venues.

As well as the house sound, Jacob was responsible for the band’s monitor mixes, which he says the SD11 helped him to do in an innovative way.

“We had no monitor engineer on the tour, so I made a rough mix for every musician at the three-day production rehearsal and used the Macro buttons on the console to make a button for every band member with his name on,” he says. “When the button was pressed, the faders would flip to his aux send, which made it very easy to tweak the monitor mixes and still concentrate on a great FOH sound.