DiGiCo Lights Up Lumineers’ Monitors

Following up on their global hit, “Ho Hey,” from a few years ago, indie pop act The Lumineers are back, touring behind a new album, Cleopatra, with audio provided by Sound Image in the US and SSE Hire in Europe. Along for the journey is returning monitor engineer Brad Galvin, mixing monitors on his DiGiCo SD5.
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New York, NY (June 21, 2016)—Following up on their global hit, “Ho Hey,” from a few years ago, indie pop act The Lumineers are back, touring behind a new album, Cleopatra, with audio provided by Sound Image in the US and SSE Hire in Europe. Along for the journey is returning monitor engineer Brad Galvin, mixing monitors on his DiGiCo SD5.

Galvin first became acquainted with The Lumineers while working with the Dave Matthews Band in 2012: “I was the fly guy for Dave, and I would also mix monitors for the opening acts; we did an arena run with The Lumineers opening up, and that was that when ‘Ho Hey’ was really big. What struck me was that they were the only support act that attracted almost the entire audience when they went on.”

From there, a relationship formed, and by April 2013, he was a permanent fixture on The Lumineers team as monitor engineer. For the new tour, he’s mixing at stageside on a DiGiCo SD5. “My last console did a job for me, but when it comes to input count and scalability as far as I/O or outputs go, DiGiCo has to be my go-to,” he reveals. “You can also get DiGiCo boards anywhere around the world; and on top of that, if we do a TV show, maybe they can't get me an SD5, but they can get me an SD8, or an SD10. It's so easy to move between those consoles, as you can just take your show file and use it on any other console in the range. It's the same core engine. I just use the SD Convert software, and tell it what console it's going to.”

The Lumineers are very into their reverbs, he noted, which was hard for him at the start, as there were so many audience mics to deal with, but, using the internal effects within the console, everything is now running smoothly: “The sound quality of the effects from within the DiGiCo console means I need zero outboard gear: I have 16 reverbs running, and there are no issues at all. The show itself is 72 inputs, but my show file is probably 98 with all the reverb returns and everything else. We expected it to be 56, so to make the jump to 72 is pretty exciting, and DiGiCo allows me to do that; the I/O really is a very big deal.”

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