British band, Archive recently embarked on a sold-out European tour with the FOH house mix handled by Spike Jones on an Innovason Eclipse. The band was accompanied by a philharmonic orchestra, which employed a full complement of Neumann digital microphones, all controlled via the Eclipse.
“I’ve really enjoyed using the Eclipse over the last few weeks,” confirmed Jones. “Archive’s recent shows have included an orchestra as well as the band’s electric instruments, so I’ve been using the Eclipse in conjunction with the [Avid] Profile to manage the two elements. Blending the two is invariably a challenge, but the clean sound and operating system of the Eclipse has made the job much easier. The uncluttered work surface and the fact that you can set it up however you want is really useful.”
Jones used the Profile for the band mix, and then sent the outputs onto two channels of the Eclipse, which also handled all the mics from the orchestra, including the digital microphones on the wind and brass instruments. This arrangement enabled Spike to use Eclipse as the main console. “I had 38 inputs from the orchestra, six FX stereo returns and eight VCAs,” he noted. “The Smart Faders made it really easy to see all the outputs and the reverbs are amazing.
“What impressed me most was the overall sound quality and the input preamps. This board sounded and acted like the best analog boards,” continued Spike. “A great example of this was when I pushed the input gain up into the red, I did not have to worry about any digital click. The other thing I noticed was there was no need for unnecessary EQ of the band. The older engineers among you will understand this. What you hear is what you have.”