Frank Turner selects Digico desks for Wembley Arena show

Former Million Dead frontman Frank Turner recently performed to a sold out Wembley Arena as part of his current tour, with three Digico consoles handling mixing duties.

Supplied by Newcastle-based company Nitelites, the show saw two D5 consoles utilised at FOH one for the main act and one for support acts Billy Bragg, Beans On Toast and Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip – while an SD9 was used on monitors.

“Digico has always been good with us; our monitor engineer Johnny Stephenson and I did a great training day with them on the D5 a couple of years back and if we’ve had any problems or need advice on the road they are always willing to help,” said tour manager and FOH engineer Graham Kay, who has been using a D5 with Turner for several years.

“Johnny had previously been using a D5 too, but when we did a club tour in Europe last year and he needed a desk with a smaller footprint, he opted for the SD9. It worked so well he decided to stick with it for our UK tour last November and it was his first choice for Wembley.”

The Wembley show saw the addition of female quartet Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo to Turner’s live line-up, contributing extra backing vocals, cello, violin and accordion.

“Because of the extra musicians, we had to use the bigger DigiRack rather than the usual 32 channel D-Rack to accommodate the extra channels. Despite the high channel count, the desks took everything thrown at them without any issue at all," said Kay. “We also did multitrack recordings via MADI from the DigiRack, which will be used for the DVD of the show.
“I have always loved the sound quality of Digico consoles along with the flexibility they offer. I’m now considering an SD9 for FoH on our European club shows in the future… plus I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on the new SD5!”

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