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DiGiCo Makes Light Work of the Recent Garbage Tour

When super group Garbage toured Australia recently the band and crew relied on DiGiCo digital mixing consoles for both FOH and monitor duties, as supplied by Melbourne’s Johnson Audio Services. Both D1-Live and D5-Live consoles were used for FOH and Monitors respectively, and helped to ensure a virtually silent stage volume was achieved at every show.

FOH Engineer Tom Abraham says that he loves mixing on the D1-Live and apart from the fact that he is a bit of a gadget-king, he still loves the simple “intuitive layout” of the D1. “It’s a live sound guy’s ideal digital console, as far as getting around it is concerned. Sonically too, it is like a big classic analogue console, yet it has all the onboard dynamics and effects of a really top-end studio on every channel”, said Tom.

Taking advantage of the ability to easily save sessions makes it a perfect combination for the hi-tech band and as a result, helping him to make the stage virtually silent. A task worked on for many years by the Garbage crew. One look at the guitar rig and you can see tech-head heaven.

A Guitarist Vision of Gear Heaven
A Guitarist Vision of Gear Heaven

The band is meticulous about the stage sound, putting a lot of pressure on a monitor guy when time is short. Enter another digital desk; Clay Hutson is using the DiGiCo D5-Live for monitors, which makes his job easier in many ways, given the nature of the in-ear “studio sound” monitoring requirements of the band. Just hit the session recall button and you are back at last night’s gig.

D5-Live Used for Monitors: “It’s pretty compact, clean and tidy for a shunting yard of channels”.
D5-Live Used for Monitors: “It’s pretty compact, clean and tidy for a shunting yard of channels”.

All in all an excellent live production environment was enhanced greatly through the use of DiGiCo technology, all going through the incredible Nexo Geo T (with Alpha S2 subs, a preference of Tom Abraham) PA system. The digital desk world is growing at a rate that almost matches the dB scale as more acts and sound guys are becoming accustomed to the digital domain. At the top end of this field the choice is limited to a couple of brands but the technological take up for the DiGiCo D5-Live and D1-Live has been considerable as they win converts who formally were rusted on hard-core analogue.

This was the rig for the Horden Pavilion; it’s a pretty small visual profile yet it delivers very high SPL to every part of the room with the same level and sound as at the mixing desk position.
This was the rig for the Horden Pavilion; it’s a pretty small visual profile yet it delivers very high SPL to every part of the room with the same level and sound as at the mixing desk position.

This is equal opportunity Y2000 style. Where’s his rigging ticket?
This is equal opportunity Y2000 style. Where’s his rigging ticket?

D1-Live during set up.
D1-Live during set up.

Photo by Adam Boon © 2005
Photo by Adam Boon © 2005

Photo by Adam Boon © 2005
Photo by Adam Boon © 2005

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