Live Sound

Def Leppard

Def Leppard are out in support of their new album X, their tenth in a long rock career; with them at FOH is mixer Brad Madix. For the U.S. portion of 3/01/2003 7:00 AM Eastern

Def Leppard are out in support of their new album X, their tenth in a long rock career; with them at FOH is mixer Brad Madix. For the U.S. portion of the tour, the band relies on Sound Image, but for three weeks of UK dates, they pick up Major Tom.

“We flew nine to 12-deep VerTec main arrays for the arena leg,” Madix says. “On the side, we hung another array between six and nine deep. This was my first experience touring with the VerTec, and my feeling has been that this is plenty for a cut-down-arena-sized venue.” Madix is using a Yamaha PM-1D for the American leg but will switch to a Digico D5 Live in the UK. “I flew down to San Diego and got a tour of the D5 Live from Taidus Vallandi and was very impressed. We have 32 lines from the stage and eight reverb returns, plus CD returns. Either console accommodates us with room to spare.”

Outboard gear includes a Tube-Tech CL1B on the bass, Manley Elops on the four vocals and Empirical Labs Distressors (modified with a British mode and stereo link) across the guitars. Effects are a TC Electronic 2290 Delay and an Eventide H3000SE Harmonizer. Mic setup is pretty straightforward: Lead vocalist Joe Elliot sings through a Shure handheld wireless, while the rest of the band use A-T 4054s; bassist Rick Savage has a Shure headset. Drum mics are A-T, though most of the drum sounds are triggered samples (kick, snare, toms).