Deep Purple Tour ProfileAs Deep Purple travels through Germany and France, we spoke with FOH engineer Gert Sanner about the tour. 3/01/2011 4:00 AM Eastern
As Deep Purple travels through Germany and France, we spoke with FOH engineer Gert Sanner about the tour.
How long have you been mixing for Deep Purple?
I have been mixing Deep Purple for five years now. I was the system engineer before and was asked to take over when the previous engineer had other commitments.
Why did you choose the Soundcraft Vi1 for this tour?
I choose a Vi console because I like them a lot. The Vi1 is a full Vi with less features than the bigger Vi6, so I wanted to see how it would cope with my show. It did great and is now a fully accepted desk for Deep Purple. It was important to find out how compatible the boards are. We found a few little things that one has to know, but I came up with a show file that will work on any Vi console.
Do you have a specific mixing technique for this band?
Yes, keep it simple. They are a great band and fun to mix: 26 inputs; give me gates, three compressors and four effects—that’s it!
What excites you about the new Soundcraft compact stagebox?
The new Stagebox is just big enough for my gig that I can take it on a plane as excess baggage. That includes the Multicore. So it’s very compact without being a compromise. You can also use it on a big Vi to make use of your 96 channels without buying another big Stagerack. It’s a very versatile tool.
Where can we find you when you’re not on the road?
I live in Birmingham, UK, but also often go to Germany to see the family. I like my work as a system tech, so quite often I can be found with lots of boxes and dirty fingers. It is a good way to stay in touch with people and new equipment. Apart from that, I like cooking and photography. I tend not to travel unless I have to—the sofa is just fine!