For the better part of 2013, The Killers—singer/keyboardist Brandon Flowers, guitarist David Keuning, bassist Mark Stoermer, and drummer Ronnie Vannucci—have been on the road in the U.S. and Europe playing arenas, stadiums and theaters in support of their 2012 release, Battle Born. The band’s systems engineer, Philip Reynolds, has been carrying his own equipment on this tour and decided to keep the audio within the digital domain—A/D conversion takes place at side-stage as soon as the mics plug into the stagebox—for as long as possible before conversion to analog.
Systems engineer Philip Reynolds
Reynolds uses audio analysis software coupled with a reference mic to match the sound system’s response as closely as possible to the output of the front-of-house console, and his Focusrite RedNet 1 8-channel AD/DA converter and RedNet 4 8-channel mic preamp handle all of his inputs and outputs to facilitate that process. He says the analysis software’s accuracy helps him to make fine adjustments to the loudspeakers. RedNet 1 routes audio to and from his test system, as well as to the front-of-house console for house-music playback and drones that are used during the show’s encore. This material comes from a pair of Mac Mini computers—one primary and one backup—that all connect to the RedNet network using the Dante Virtual Soundcard (DVS) driver. RedNet also handles the press and video feeds, as well as any venue needs, such as the hearing-assist system for the hard of hearing.
“RedNet units have allowed me to design a system to bring a fully digital system on the front end,” Reynolds says. “RedNet does everything I want it to do, and the expandability is endless with this setup. I rely on my system 100-percent. The RedNet 4’s preamp is flat, and the phase coherence is perfect.”
The tour touches down once again in the U.S. on August 2, in St. Paul, Minnesota.