SK Systems' newly purchased DiGiCo SD9 fit the bill for the Richard Nader Memorial Doo Wop Concert XXI at the Izod Center Arena, Rutherford, NJ on June 12. This year's in-the-round event featured 10 artists performing throughout the night, with a grand finale with all artists on stage. In previous shows for Nader, production partner SK Systems used DiGiCo's D-series and sister SD-series surfaces for this type of event. As one of the first companies in the world to purchase the newly minted SD9—a compact, integrated system powered by DiGiCo's patented Stealth Digital Processingâ„¢—SK Systems' Tom Heinisch felt confident in putting the console front and center for the mega-show.
"Having achieved a comfort level with the new SD9," offered Tom Heinisch," we were confident the SD9 could handle this task. For this event, we used all 40 flexi channels, 28 mono, 12 stereo derived from the 'pit' back-up band, RF and hard-wired mics, as well as the Video and CD playback inputs. The in-the-round, 360-degree coverage of the arena made use of the matrix section to feed the different speaker zones and house hearing impaired and lobby systems. The snapshot with recall scoping was key to this multi-act show with afternoon rehearsals then recall during the performances. The ability to assign the faders to be any input, group, aux, matrix, or control group allowed for creation of custom fader banks leading to comfort when mixing the show without having to 'page' through to get to something. Building a few macros into the equation, gave us all the surface control abilities to allow the sound engineer to create an excellent sounding show with ease."
"The only down point to the experience," Heinisch added, "because of the SD9's small footprint, audience members think you're the lighting guy!"