Wigwam (Lancashire, England) has invested in 20 channels of Klark Teknik DN9340 Helix EQ for Franz Ferdinand’s tour. The KT Helix system, which was specified by Franz Ferdinand’s monitor engineer, Tilde Bruynooghe, features full STS (solo tracking system) and wireless tablet control, and uses a Midas Heritage 3000 console.
Wigwam's Chris Hill confirms that the Helix system was chosen primarily because of the wireless control, which allows instant and simultaneous online control of up to 64 channels of EQ from a tablet computer. Says Hill, "This frees the engineer from the traditional side-of-stage monitor world position, and that's especially useful during initial system equalization. Tilde can take her tablet and set up the system from anywhere onstage and make on-the-fly tweaks either via the master unit in the usual manner or via the PC."
For Franz Ferdinand, Bruynooghe is using 18 channels of Helix on monitors, a DN9340 master and four DN 9344 slave units, taking up only six units of rackspace. Wigwam's other Helix unit is being used as a main EQ at the front-of-house desk. Each unit provides all the commonly used EQ functions, including dual 31-band multi-mode graphic equalizer, a dual 12-band parametric equalizer, four configurable filters per channel, up to 1 second of delay per channel and two T-DEQ filters, which offer real-time dynamic control.