Front-of-house engineer Stephane Plisson has chosen the eMotion LV1 software mixer from Waves Audio for the latest Kids United tour.
A French musical group comprising six children aged between eight and 16 years, Kids United, was created to support UNICEF campaigns, with part of the profits from their albums going to help children in refugee reception centres.
Plisson (Mylene Farmer, Johnny Hallyday, Calogero, Julio Iglesias, Julien Clerc), comments: “I have been using Waves plugins for more than 10 years, and believe me, I have been waiting for the eMotion LV1 mixer for long time … I was searching for a new and solid system, and then I discovered the LV1. It allows me to use my beautiful Waves plugins, and in particular it lets me use them in ultra-low latency by using Waves servers. The combination of SoundGrid audio interfaces (DiGiGrid IOX + MGB) with Waves servers is absolutely remarkable.”
He adds: “Due to a heavy touring schedule, I was also looking for a compact setup – we have more than 100 shows with Kids United – so now, wherever I travel, I just bring my eMotion LV1 setup, and it only takes 20 minutes to install my setup and start running. It’s crazy! The other beauty of it is that I organise all my LV1 sessions at home, experimenting with numerous plugins, and then create my sessions before the show.”
Plisson’s setup includes two Macs – one for the Waves eMotion LV1, the second for live recording using the Waves Tracks Live software and for virtual sound check via SoundGrid – with two Waves Extreme servers.
Additionally, he uses one DiGiGrid IOC audio interface for monitoring, an AES output for the system and for the Waves MaxxBCL insert, and a DiGiGrid MGO interface for the MADI preamp from the monitor desk’s MADI stage box.