Bryony October, front of house engineer and production manager for British singer-songwriter Delilah, has switched to a Soundcraft Si Performer digital console.
October was after a desk offering at least 31 inputs, which was capable of mixing the five-piece band’s in-ear monitors from front of house. The console also needed to be small enough to fit into a splitter van – along with IEM rack and mics.
The engineer has experience with using Soundcraft products in the past, having worked with Noisettes’ lead singer Shingai Shoniwa on a Vi1. October was offered the role by tour manager Tim Boardman, and went straight into production rehearsals with Delilah, who is perhaps best known for her collaboration with Chase & Status.
“It has screens on each channel, so you can see the compressors and gates, and the FaderGlow changes colour so you never make a mistake when moving from FOH to monitor mixes,” October said. “It also turns the system EQ red so you can clearly see the graphic.”
“The touch screen is easy to get around quickly, with the one-touch easy mix with buttons across the top of the faders and I love the magnetic iPad notes pad, which is very handy.”
The entire show mix is placed on the desk’s top layer, with October sub-mixing the drums to a group bus, as well as Delilah’s vocals and some of the drums to the Lexicon effects.
“The Si Performer has been a pleasure to work on," she concluded. "It is an easy desk to navigate and has enabled me to deliver the five monitor mixes and house sound with ease.”
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