Live Sound

Dave Gahan

Depeche Mode lead singer Dave Gahan is out on his first solo tour in support of his Paper Monsters CD. Playing cuts from the new album, Gahan also got the crowd moving with some old DM favorites. 11/01/2003 7:00 AM Eastern

Depeche Mode lead singer Dave Gahan is out on his first solo tour insupport of his Paper Monsters CD. Playing cuts from the newalbum, Gahan also got the crowd moving with some old DM favorites. AtFOH is Maurizio Gennari, who mixed fellow DM bandmate Martin Gore'ssolo tour, as well. The tour is playing throughout the U.S. andEurope.

“Due to the nature of this show,” said Gennari,“we are trying to hang as much as we can. Normally, we fly nineV-DOSC cabinets with three dv-DOSC per side, and we stack six V-DOSCsubs. Also, we use a few ARCS as infills. V-DOSC is my favorite choice.We use BSS 366 Omnidrive for the main system and BSS Minidrive for in-and outfills. All of the outputs for these crossovers are controlled bya BSS Varicurve system [master remote and eight slave parametrics]. I'musing a Yamaha DM2000 configured as a 24-channel onboard, plus threeexternal Yamaha AD-824s, which gives me a total of 48 inputs. I alsohave three D/A output converters for separated control of the matrixthat I use for recording media feed and to split the system intodifferent zones. The DM2000 was the perfect choice, because in Europe,we were doing festivals as well as our show, and having such a smalllayout allowed me to use my desk everywhere.

“I have three Neve 9098 parametric EQs — which I haveinserted on the kick, snare top and on Dave's vocal — and anEmpirical Labs Distressor compressor, two stereo Alan Smart compressors[one on Nord L+R and one on bass pre/post] and a Klark-Teknik DN6000analyzer.

“Dave's got a Samson Wireless with a Electro-Voice 767capsule, which he's been using for sometime now, and it really givesback the warmth that his voice has.”