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DIGICO SD8 IS A (PINBALL) WIZARD AS DI-RECT DOES TOMMY

Di-rect lead singer Tim Akkerman (left) with David Hol, front of house engineer.DiGiCo’s latest console, the SD8, has already been welcomed on a range of tours with one of the more unusual productions being a version of The Who’s rock opera, Tommy, being performed in the Netherlands.
Although combining popular music with theatre – exemplified by shows like Mamma Mia and We Will Rock You – is currently a popular genre of entertainment, combining that idea with genuine live rock’n’roll is quite a tough challenge. But, it’s one that popular Dutch four piece band Di-rect has risen to and ticket demand for the 90-date theatre tour of their homeland has been exceptional.
Sound contractor for the Di-rect Does Tommy tour is The Purple Group, part of the Synco Network, with the company’s recently purchased DiGiCo SD8 in pride of place at the front of house position.
Using DiGiCo’s standard stage rack, the console is using 48 inputs and 16 outputs. With the addition of an RME MADI interface, the show is recorded each night to a laptop, enabling the crew to soundcheck in each new venue without the band needing to be present.
“That is a really great facility,? says the Purple Group’s Robert de Loey. “It makes soundchecking so much easier and quicker, because we can do it whenever it’s convenient. We don’t have to wait for the band and it frees up more time for them as well.?
But this is just one of the many positive aspects of the SD8 that the Purple Group has found. Reliability, sound quality and the vast array of facilities have made it a very popular addition to the company’s DiGiCo inventory.
“The SD8 is working really well,? says Robert. “The show is running great, the sound is great, the desk is great. Everything that we hoped for is there in the desk – we are so happy with it that we are already looking to purchase a second one.
“Other Dutch acts are also looking to use the SD8 on their shows, so I don’t think it will get any rest for many months to come!”

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