Milwaukee, WI (September 18, 2014)—Milwaukee’s annual Summerfest, boasting 11 stages and more than 800 national and regional acts performing over an 11-day span, once again tapped Clearwing Productions to provide the audio for the festival.
Clearwing chose to use DiGiCo consoles to run the FOH mix for six of the festival’s seven largest park stages. This tally comprised SD5s at the helm of BMO Harris Pavilion and Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, SD10s at Miller Lite Oasis and Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, and SD9s at ULINE Warehouse and U.S. Cellular Connection, plus an additional SD9 as a monitor console for U.S. Cellular. As a general rule, these desks drove stages traditionally equipped with L-Acoustics K1, K2, Kudo and/or Kara systems. A number of touring acts that brought their own production into the 25,000-seat Marcus Amphitheatre also carried DiGiCo desks, including Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and OneRepublic, among others.
“Summerfest after Summerfest, DiGiCo’s presence in the touring and festival world has grown, and this festival is definitely a place that this growth becomes apparent. This year, just about half of the consoles we deployed were DiGiCo, with many days having multiple touring DiGiCo consoles visiting as well,” commented Clearwing Audio operations/logistics manager Bryan Baumgardner.
Baumgardner added that DiGiCo’s SD Converter software was used quite often at the festival. “As we had nearly the entire SD range on site, DiGiCo’s SD Converter played a major role in making sure that touring engineers’ files were compatible with the console deployed at each stage,” he said. “SD Converter allowed our technicians to scale console files up or down as needed in a very quick and efficient manner.”