New York, NY (September 7, 2016)—Adele has been making the rounds this year on her first arena tour, with audio production by Germany-based Black Box. Key to that, of course, is the audio engineering team—Front of House engineer Dave Bracey and monitor man Joe Campbell—who are both manning DiGiCo SD7 mixing consoles.
The audio design for the show is complex and was designed by Bracey and systems engineer Ulf Oeckel. “Richard Young, the Production Manager for the show, came up with the initial idea and we worked out how to do it,” smiles Dave.
“As far as inputs on the SD7 go, we have drums, percussion, brass, 12 strings,” said Bracey. “It really adds up. Including miscellaneous bits and pieces, spares and shout mics, the total channel count comes to around 112 and we’ve pretty much filled two racks. I use very little outboard. There’s a Waves MaxxBCL across the mix that I quite often use and it’s very useful on this show. It holds the mix at a really nice level as the louder songs start to build.”
In monitor world, Campbell counts 130 inputs and around 55 outputs, the vast majority of which are stereo. “We’re using all in ears, so we have quite a lot of ins and outs, which the desk easily handles,” he says. “I haven’t toured with a DiGiCo before, but it’s fairly simple to be honest, and Dave has shown me what I need to know whenever I’ve gotten stuck. We started in rehearsals with an SD10. When we moved to the SD7, because of the number of screens and the increase in knobs and buttons, I’ve found it a lot clearer and even easier to use. I enjoy it very much. It’s really good. I think it sounds great and it’s done everything I’ve asked of it.”
The team is extremely satisfied with their achievements and Adele herself has commented on the audio. “Adele is pleased with the results and particularly the fact that everyone is telling her how good it sounds, which is what she’s basing her impressions on,” concludes Dave. “She did ask me the other day ‘How does the show sound Dave?’ and I said Œ’Well, good.’ I was a bit shocked by the question – I normally leave it up to other people to comment on that.”