Lebanese rental company CKA Event Sound Systems continues to rely on Digico consoles on the festivals and live music circuit, with SD9 and SD10 desks at the heart of its rental stock.
As a FOH engineer himself, CKA owner Chady Akiki is fully aware of what is expected from a live mixing console, having received many technical riders from international acts that requesting Digico consoles. “In Lebanon we always want the best equipment. Even if we don’t need all the facilities now, we think that maybe we will need them later, so we always buy the best we can,” he said. “We looked at other consoles, but with some you have to go through lots of operations to get the job done. I found using Digico mixers more simple, so it didn’t take a long time to make the decision to invest in them.”
The consoles were bought via Homsi Music, Digico’s Lebanese distributor. Homsi’s Elie Daher is also an experienced sound engineer and trainer, but training CKA’s staff was his first time behind a Digico desk. “I have found the Digico consoles extremely easy to use. The functions are comprehensive, they are easy to navigate and getting good results is straightforward,” he commented. “You can hear and feel the difference in quality between Digico and other consoles. The high frequencies are very crisp.”
A recent a concert by the London Gospel Choir saw the consoles called into action at short notice, which Akiki said garnered impressive results: “Once I told them that we had the Digico consoles they were very happy to use them. The Digicos are bringing work in for us, for sure. Sometimes when we use the SD10, people come and ask if they can have a photo taken next to the console. We are very happy with them and I am sure that my next purchase will be an SD7.”
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