Nashville, TN (November 7, 2016)—CCR group Casting Crowns is on the road this fall with sound provided by Blackhawk Audio, carrying a JBL VerTec PA system and Meyer subwoofers, and a new addition—DiGiCo SD9 desks at FOH and monitor positions.
“We’ve had them with us for a couple of months now and the change is incredible,” said Phillip Osborn, Casting Crown’s FOH mixer for the past year and with them for eight more before that as their system technician. “The sound is drastically different, more than I would have expected, and it’s so much better. It’s hard to describe. I’d say that it’s more like hearing a great hi-fi system than a PA system—it sounds that good now through my DiGiCo.”
“I needed a console with a smaller footprint, one that had more flexibility in terms of size and performance,” he said. “The SD9 lets me determine what workflow works best for me. I like to have the drums on one fader bank, the guitars on another, the vocals on another and the keyboards on another. I can put anything anywhere, and I can lay out the console to fit my needs, not the other way around.”
Osborn is using the Waves C6 and Bass Rider plug-ins, among others, and noted that monitor mixer Sam Hewitt and the band dug the desks. “They’ve also definitely noticed the difference, too,” he said. “Switching was a very good move.”