THE WIDE range of Tom Walker’s vocal demands an audio console capable of handling a “big, bold” show, according to his front-of-house (FOH) engineer Mike Platt.
Touring venues including London’s O2 Academy Brixton (4,900), O2 Victoria Warehouse (10,000) in Manchester and the Corn Exchange (3,000) in Edinburgh, the production used a SD10-24 by Digico, one of the smaller desks in the manufacturer’s series.
“I chose the SD10-24 mainly for its size and power,” says Platt. “I like to mix on one layer, so its 24 faders makes me prioritise the most important channels for the show.”
Platt says he does the majority of his processing from within the console.
“I know the exact sounds I want, and I can get those results with the DGiCo onboard features,” he says. “Tom has probably the largest dynamic range going: from whispers to blisteringly loud parts. My job is to make my artiste sound great, and for the audience and management to not even think about the tech side of things. There is no scope for failure.”