Sting is playing to sell-out crowds on his theater tour supportinghis new CD, Sacred Love. Mix caught up with him at theOhio Theater in Columbus, and spoke with front-of-house engineer JimEbdon about this tour’s gear.
“I have been using the DiGiCo D5 for the last year now throughall its minor teething problems and it has proved verysuccessful,” Ebdon says. “I have the standard console withthe basic 56-input configuration. I am using all of the onboard dynamicand effects features, except for a Lexicon 480L purely for a different‘shade’ of effect. I use the snapshot feature to itsfullest, which makes life even easier. I am recording each show to ProTools and can mix together certain input channels on each snapshot andsend them to different audio tracks on Pro Tools. The link between thetwo is one coaxial cable carrying 56 digital channels into a MADIconverter.
“I’m using the Clair Bros. i4 system and typically hanging sixto eight per side with i4-bs whenever possible, as we are at the mercyof the amount of points we get in these smaller venues,” hecontinues. “I use two S4s per side, which adds punch to thesystem when we are unable to use the i4-bs.
“Sting’s vocal mic is a Sennheiser 865, which was designed forhim. On wireless, he uses an SKM5000 body with a Neumann 105 capsule.In monitor world is Sting’s longtime, exceptional monitor engineer,Vish Wady.”