New York, NY (June 23, 2016)—Josh Groban’s current Stages arena tour recently set down in South Africa, where his longtime FOH engineers, Mickey Beck and Chris ‘Cookie’ Hoff, used a pair of DiGiCo SD10 digital mixing consoles, plus two SD-Racks, for the Front of House and monitor mix positions, all supplied by Gearhouse South Africa.
“Our first real dive into DiGiCo was August 2015 starting with Josh’s PBS special recording,” said Beck. “We both use Waves MultiRack with our DiGiCo consoles, as well as a pair of Bricasti M7 reverb units. MultiRack is incorporated into the console using the DiGiCo/Waves IO with Waves Extreme Servers, and we send to and receive from our Bricasti units via the local AES IO on the surface.”
“The main reason we chose DiGiCo consoles for Josh’s Stages tour was its scalability and cohesive UI throughout the model range,” he added. “There is no typical Josh Groban configuration; a show may be just Josh with a piano or a trio, which adds a guitar into the mix. There have been shows where Josh has sung with an orchestra, or orchestra and full electric band. This dictates that we needed to use a console that would allow us to move our work up or down in input list size without having to start from scratch every time.”
Beck noted, “South Africa is not a typical destination for most American artists. We feel very privileged to be able to travel to distant lands and put on our shows. We had great audiences, great local musicians, great weather and great gear to work with thanks to DWR Distribution and Gearhouse.”
“The crew from Josh Groban are of the best in the world and that should say something about the equipment they choose to use,” said Jakobus de Wit from Gearhouse South Africa who, along with Kyle Robson from DWR, was involved in the project. “This was a show of high standards, the system performed flawlessly and we all feel proud that we played a part in it.”