DiGiCo SD7 on the road with Madonna

Monitor engineer Matt Napier

27 September 2012

World - Madonna's MDNA Tour currently wowing sold out stadiums and arenas across several continents features 11 musicians, 22 dancers, multiple costume changes, ground breaking graphics and an audio system that includes two DiGiCo SD7s at Front of House and another on monitors.

The SD7 is a step up for monitor engineers Matt Napier and Sean Speuhler, who were using a D5T on Madonna's previous Sticky & Sweet Tour.

"There are two of us because Sean exclusively mixes Madonna's vocals and her vocal effects, all of which she insists be done live," Napiert explains. "We effectively share the console - I use the SD7's control surface and Sean uses an EX-007 expander unit to mix on."

In total the SD7 has 114 inputs coming in from the stage rack. including effects, Napier is using 100 channels, with Sean using over 30 more.

"I think the SD7 is the only desk that can handle the amount of inputs and outputs we've got," says Napier. "In terms of surface channels on the desk we've got about 160 while, in terms of outputs, I know there are over 50 mono sends by the time we take into account the musicians, dancers, side fills, subs, speakers for the MD, feeds for the video and recording. I don't think there is anything else available that could do it.

"Because Madonna is running on the left right buss, I'm using VCAs and groups to control and mix various elements for her. All of the music is routed through a group, which is delayed as she walks down the catwalk. When she uses the catwalk, everything other than her vocals is incrementally delayed up to a maximum of 30 milliseconds. It's a 60 foot catwalk, but doing this acoustically reduces the length of the catwalk by about 30 feet, which helps her significantly."

"MDNA runs through December this year, finishing in South America," concludes Matt. "Everything is working really well so far - and that's exactly what you need on such a long running tour."

(Jim Evans)

 

Tag Cloud

Madonna musicians dancers Sean vocals effects SD7 control surface uses mix inputs Napier channels think desk outputs we've got terms running delayed catwalk MDNA Matt

Related Stories from LSi Online

7 May 2013

Capital Sound is classic choice for Il Divo

Capital Sound is classic choice for Il DivoUK - Capital Sound has been working with operatic pop group Il Divo for 10 years, but for their new Front of House engineer, Davide Lombardi, getting to know the audio rental company on the current Il Divo and ... More >>

22 April 2013

L-Acoustics reinforces Bamboo Miami

L-Acoustics reinforces Bamboo MiamiUSA - Built nearly seven decades ago, Miami Beach's Variety Theatre - later known as the Paris Theatre - achieved a certain amount of fame in the '80s when Big Time Productions used the space as a photo/film studio to ... More >>

17 April 2013

Clay Paky adds sparkle to Gary Barlow Tour

Clay Paky adds sparkle to Gary Barlow TourUK - Multi award-winning lighting designer, Tim Routledge, chose to specify Clay Paky 800W Alpha Spot QWO 800 luminaires to deliver an intense sparkle to British singer Gary Barlow's glittering UK tour. Routledge, ... More >>

8 April 2013

City Theatrical at Prolight+Sound Frankfurt

City Theatrical at Prolight+Sound FrankfurtGermany - City Theatrical will be demonstrating its new technology at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt on April 10-13, 2013, including new SHoW DMX wireless DMX products, and the new Cognito lighting controller from Pathway ... More >>

Howard Dandy joins Unusual in Dubai

Howard Dandy joins Unusual in DubaiUAE - Unusual Rigging & Engineering LLC has announced the appointment of Howard Dandy as its new project manager and senior rigger for the EMEA region. Dandy, who assumes the role with immediate effect, has been with ... More >>

SSE Audio Group acquires Wigwam Acoustics

LumenRadio at 55th Grammy Awards

PRG takes wysiwyg to major events

The Week in Lighting & Sound

DiGiCo consoles for Manna Methodist Church

Syncrolite appoints Dave Keighley as Executive VP

Martin MLA reinforces War of the Worlds

Entec supplies Skunk Anansie tour

DiGiCo SD7 rocks with Melbourne's MAVIS

Venetian clock tower animated with L-Acoustics

Sound & Light Guys add DiGiCo SD9s

SD7 provides soundtrack for Morricone concert

DiGiCo mixes Jesus Christ Superstar

Madonna takes Sennheiser to the limit

Sennheiser has it sussed in Hyde Park

View AllRelated Stories from LSi Magazine

May 2013May 2013

Page 83: then theres Gaga Madonna Springsteen and Bon Jovi vying for attention across the water From the UK side

April 2013April 2013

Page 8: Madness Metallica ACDC Stevie Wonder Radiohead Madonna Bjork The Spice Girls Oasis and The Stone Roses SSE

December 2012December 2012

Page 53: tours of the decade including U2 Madonna Bon Jovi and The Police TAIT goes to space partnering with NASA

Page 40: to be the live Christmas morning surprise shows a longlost Granny from Australia knocks on the door or Madonna

November 2012November 2012

Page 74: to a Madonna concert in Denver and he talked about it on his next show What impressed him the most

October 2012October 2012

Page 24: showing the step at the back of the barriers left and the sloped step plate right Above Madonnas MDNA tour

Page 6: design which debuted on tour with Madonna this summer Richard Cadenas look at the importance of content

Page 25: Above Cees Muurling and Appi Thörig from Mojo Barriers at Madonnas show in Hyde Park In the past we

August-September 2012August-September 2012

Page 140: or Madonna doing the Superbowl mutiscreen multisystem setups are now expected Moving forward the success

Page 132: respectively to a number of international events notably the Red Hot Chilli Peppers Madonnas MDNA tour Lady Ga

More Results from LSi Magazine >>

View AllRelated Videos from LSi's Video Hub

More Results from LSi's Video Hub >>

View AllNews Archive

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999

Robe
Elation

5 Star Cases

Current RMS

Green Hippo

Le Maitre

Artistic Licence

GDS

Total Solutions Group

ER Productions

Stage Electrics

City Theatrical