Gloucestershire, UK (February 12, 2016)—When James Towler, FOH engineer for Steve Winwood, recently bought a DiGiCo S21 console for live mixing, he inadvertently got a two-for-one deal—because now he’s also using the desk for recording work in Winwood’s Wincraft Studios in Gloucestershire.
While Towler has worked with Winwood for the past 19 years, both as his live and studio engineer, he’s also the manager of Wincraft Studios.
“We’ve gone heavily down the Dante route for both the studio and our live work,” said Towler, “so I was looking for a compact console for live that would work well with Dante. I’ve come across DiGiCo a lot over the years and the thing that always impressed me most was the sound quality.
“When I saw the S21, I loved its compact footprint and having that great DiGiCo sound in such a small package was pretty irresistible. So I went to see Tim Shaxson at DiGiCo HQ and he took me through their entire range, then he brought out the S21, which was the one I was most interested in, and I decided to buy it there and then.”
Towler took delivery of his S21 in November and it has been residing in the Wincraft Studios ever since, where it’s used often. “It’s a slightly unusual place to use what is primarily a live console, but the routing on the S21 is fantastic in the studio,” he said. “I’m really happy with the S21 and Steve [Winwood] is really pleased with it, too. In fact, I used it for a series of adverts that I produced over the Christmas period and we’re very much looking forward to taking it out on tour in the US later this year.”