As Phil Collins takes his comeback Not Dead Yet Tour around the world, we caught up with system designer Ben Phillips to discuss why Waves eMotion LV1 was the “obvious choice” for the tour’s production console.
The Not Dead Yet tour is mixed on an Avid Venue S6L. In addition, the FOH setup includes a production console matrix console) which is connected to the PA. Waves eMotion LV1 was chosen as the production console, a buffer between the PA and the show’s mixing desk, as well as between the consoles belonging to support acts.
In addition, some of the smaller support acts, DJs and solo artists, are mixed on the Waves eMotion LV1 while also utilizing the DiGiGrid IOCs’ microphone pre-amps. This not only saved production the hire-costs involved, but also from having to find additional space for another desk at FOH.
Phillips comments, “After considering our options, we decided to move to the Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer and Waves dedicated servers and IO. There was no huge decision-making process; it was quite an obvious choice. We wanted a compact rack-mounted Waves plugin solution, and the eMotion LV1 offered just that. Here at The KSG Group, we use Waves and SoundGrid as part of our recording systems, which made it easy to modify one of our recording systems to suit this live application.”
System Designer Ben Phillips shown with his Waves rig for the current Phil Collins Not Dead Yet Tour
“We have two Waves SoundGrid Extreme Servers with two DiGiGrid IOC and two Lenovo ThinkCentre M Series allowing for a system that has a high level of built in redundancy. One IOC takes analog and the other AES and both then feed an L’Acoustics P1, which is our input into the PA system. There is an Icon Platform M Controller, so we have some faders for local inputs.”
Asked about using Waves plugins, Ben remarks, “We run the LV1 (64ch) and LV1 integrated Waves plugins: the Waves eMo F2 Filter; eMo Generator, eMo Q4 Equalizerand the eMo D5 Dynamics. In addition, we mainly use the Waves F6 Floating-Band Dynamic EQ for cosmetic EQ on the S6L input and to enhance the incoming audio, nothing too complex. Other favorites are the SSL G-Master Buss Compressor for selective buss compression used on additional inputs, LoAir for subtle and selective use as an effect for certain outputs at various parts of the show, and the Renaissance Compressor, configured to act as a ducker for preshow music and video content.”
The LV1 Mixer can be as you would want it to be, from a laptop with one or two I/O devices and a server packed to fly, or a big four-screen rig with several I/O devices racks. You can control eMotion LV1 using industry-standard hardware controllers, multi-touch screens and diverse portable devices, from four touchscreens to a single laptop or tablet. Whichever device you are using, the LV1 has the same intuitive workflow, with a user interface built for flexibility and speed.
Phillips adds, “We take the Phil Collins desk and any support desks and provide routing for these to the PA. Other inputs are for walk-in music, VT feeds and other ancillary inputs as required. The Waves LV1 Mixer offers us a level of functionality and quality that is difficult to find in such a compact and easily reconfigurable form. With such a high-profile artist, reliability and sound quality are a premium concern for us, and we are able to maintain a high standard of audio that our audiences have come to expect.”
Phillips summarizes, “We like the fact that it is easy to use and simple to configure, it is straightforward to increase the input/output count and vice versa; the system can be made to be very compact. It has great scalability, competitive pricing, DSP redundancy, universal acceptance and last but not least, industry standard plugins and processing.”