Josh Groban tours South Africa with DiGiCo
SOUTH AFRICA: Josh Groban’s recent South African tour saw engineers Mickey Beck and Chris ‘cookie’ Hoff call on a pair of DiGiCo SD10 consoles with waves and two 2SD Racks. The Stages tour was supplied by Gearhouse South Africa and included performances in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.
‘The main reason we have chosen DiGiCo consoles for the Josh Groban Stages tour was its scalability with a cohesive UI throughout the model range,’ stated the engineers. ‘There is no typical Josh Groban configuration. A show may be just Josh with piano or a trio which adds a guitar. There have been shows where Josh has sung with an orchestra or orchestra and full electric band. We needed a console line that would allow us to move our work up or down in input list size without having to start from scratch every time.
‘The DiGiCo platform helps us achieve our goal with its straight-forward UI, ease of use, sonic quality, and scalability of input racks,’ the pair continued. ‘We love the stage rack sharing ability as it helps us meet our daily production/rehearsal schedule by allowing us to line check onstage while FOH is tuning and we know that if we have the input on stage, FOH will certainly have it as well.’
The engineers both use Waves MultiRack with the DiGiCo consoles as well as a pair of Bricasti M7 reverb units at both console locations. MultiRack is on the console using the DiGiCo/Waves I/O with Waves Extreme Servers and the engineers send to and receive from the Bricasti units via the local AES I/O on the surface.
‘The crew from Josh Groban are of the best around the world,’ said Jakobus de Wit from Gearhouse South Africa. ‘That should say something about the equipment they choose to use. This was a show of high standard and we all feel proud that we played a part in it.’
The tour was supported by DiGiCo’s local partner DWR Distribution. ‘I made sure their DiGiCo system was set up at each venue and I was there for support,’ noted DWR’s Kyle Robson, who was also quick to point out that the system ran without a hitch.
Reflecting on the tour, Mr Beck and Mr Hoff have plenty of praise for the local support. ‘South Africa is not a typical destination for most American artists. We feel very privileged to be able to travel to distant lands and put on our shows. We had great audiences, great local musicians, great weather and great gear to work with thanks to DWR Distribution and Gearhouse.’