New York, NY (November 1, 2016)—Sia is finishing her “Nostalgic for the Present” U.S. tour this week—a 23-date journey that found the Australian pop singer crossing the country with a pair of DiGiCo consoles: an SD5 loaded with DiGiCo’s new Stealth Core 2 at front of house, and an SD10 for monitors, all provided by Sound Image of Escondido, CA.
“I picked up the SD5 right after we finished the European festival segment of the tour,” said FOH mixer Jon Lemon (Beck, Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure). He noted the lighter SD10 suited the tour’s hectic European flight schedule, but finds the SD5’s three full-color touch-sensitive TFT LCD screens offer the best interface for Sia’s kinetic show.
“The SD5 is a fabulous desk; I can configure it any way that I want,” said Lemon. “Literally, in terms of workflow, everything’s at my fingertips. With more than 60 inputs overall, that’s a huge help. I find that the visual feedback they provide really makes a big difference.”
On the Sia tour, the SD5 is connected to an SD-Mini Rack on an Optocore loop, and he has two Waves SoundGrid Extreme servers, which can run over 500 instances of Waves stereo SSL E-Channel or C4 Multiband Compressor plug-ins. That kind of power is necessary for Sia’s forceful vocals, on which Lemon also applies a Maag EQ4 and a final mastering chain using a Massenburg Labs 8200 parametric EQ into a Smart Research C2 compressor. All of that is heard by the audience via a considerable Adamson line array system, overseen by its system technician, Vic Wagner.