The North American leg of Gwen Stefani’s The Sweet Escape world tour is underway, seeing Midas XL4 consoles at front of house (Michelle Sabolchick) and monitors (Jon Schimke); a Midas Heritage 3000 handles sidecar duties at FOH. The P.A. is supplied by Sound Image.
From left: Gary Sangunet (systems engineer), Jon Schimke, Nathan Klaeser (P.A. tech), Michelle Sabolchick, Matt Larson (Midas/Klark Teknik), Andrew Colley (P.A. tech)
“I love the XL4; it’s got everything I need and I know exactly how it’s going to sound great every time I turn it on, show after show,” says Sabolchick. “When you adjust a fader or EQ knob, you know exactly what you’re going to hear. It’s a reliable, great-sounding console that gives me a real feel for the mix—two-handed, old-school mixing. Of course, I’m looking forward to working with the Midas XL8, as it brings the warm sound quality and hands-on aspect I love about the analog Midas boards to the digital realm, but I’ll always love the XL4—that’s why I’m travelling around the world with one this year, and I know it won’t let me down.”