Monitor engineer Dickie Chappell at the Digidesign Profile
Peter Gabriel recently wrapped up his European tour with longtime engineer Dickie Chappell manning a Digidesign Profile desk stocked with Sonnox Oxford plug-ins (EQ, comps, reverbs, etc.) at monitor world; Ben Findlay handled front-of-house duties with a Digidesign VENUE. Chappell, who has worked at Gabriel’s UK-based Real World Studios and record label for more than 15 years, also recently used the plugs on a Sinead O’Conner recording date in Dublin.
Chappell used the EQ plug for Gabriel’s in-ear monitors. “They don’t need much EQ for Peter in the studio, but it’s very different on the road and crucial that Peter hears himself clearly onstage,” he says. Chappell says that he rolls off a lot of bass and boosts the high-mids and high frequencies to establish a full mix. Chappell also engages the Oxford Inflator plug-in to help keep Gabriel’s vocals at constant gain. “It’s a great plug for enhancing without taking over,” he says.
Also heavy in rotation is the Oxford Reverb on a long plate setting. The drums are grouped and run through the TransMod plug-in and into an Inflator. “It’s just like being in the studio,” Chappell adds, “which is why we wanted to go with the VENUEs and Profiles. They, along with the Oxford plug-ins, help keep the sound as consistent as possible.”