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Dua Lipa on tour with DiGiCo Quantum consoles
Britannia Row Productions supplied DiGiCo Quantum consoles for English singer Dua Lipa’s current world tour. The tour was originally scheduled to start in late 2019 but, like so many others, was repeatedly postponed until finally heading out in February 2022. It will finish in Perth, Australia, in November, having visited North America, Europe, Latin America and Oceania.
Both the FOH sound and on-stage mixes are being created on DiGiCo Quantum digital mixing systems, by Will Nicholson and Alex Cerutti respectively. Nicholson is in his seventh year with Dua Lipa and specified a Quantum 7 console for this tour. Nicholson is currently running around 60 music/band inputs at FOH, so with returns and audience mics the total input count is close to 100. Outputs are just L/R but, he reveals, he is a heavy user of bussing.
“I have some plugins and outboard, distributed through an SD Rack, a DD2FR and some local I/O”, he says. “I make use of the onboard FX for quite a few things, and I absolutely love the Spice Rack and Mustard Processing. I also record from the MADI splits as the virtual soundcheck capabilities are fundamental to my workflow.”
Meanwhile, at the other end of the multicore, Alex Cerutti is also piloting a Q7. “I’ve worked with Dua since 2016 and for this tour I asked for either a Q5 or a Q7”, he says. “When the Q338 came out I wanted to try that, but after counting up inputs and outputs, etc., I needed I few more busses than the Q338 could provide.”
Cerutti’s Q7 handles 130 input channels, 59 aux channels, 20 groups and 10 matrix outputs, then he uses the configurability of the control surface. “My input channels are on the banks on the left, my Auxes, Matrix and Groups on the right with a ‘mix’ layer on the top, with Dua’s vocal and reverb, plus instrument reverb returns”, he explains. “On the centre two fader banks I have Dua’s Groups and DCAs on the bottom and Aux mixes on the top bank.”
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