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VENUE and Mix Rack Selected for Gavin DeGraw Tour

Daly City, CA — Singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw gained national attention when his breakthrough single “I Don’t Want to Be� was selected as the theme for the popular TV series One Tree Hill. Recently, DeGraw kicked off a series of concert dates in support of his second album, Gavin DeGraw, which was produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Daughtry).

DeGraw’s FOH engineer Erick “Otto� Celeiro is mixing the show on a Digidesign® VENUE system. The compact configuration comprises a D-Show® Profile™ control surface, along with Digidesign’s newest VENUE component, Mix Rack, a compact and portable front end that combines all stage and local audio I/O, plus DSP, into a single 11-space rack.

“The combination of Mix Rack and [D-Show] Profile is unbelievably powerful,� says Celeiro. “We’re doing a lot of festivals and one-off dates in smaller venues at the moment, and the system is ideal. It’s quick to set up, portable and compact, and the Profile’s small footprint is really deceiving for a system so powerful. I’ve been mixing Gavin since the beginning of his touring career, and since I’ve been using the D-Show, I honestly feel this is the best he’s ever sounded.�

As Celeiro explains, the current dates are widely varied, and the VENUE system’s flexibility is a tremendous asset. “Right now, we’re bouncing between radio festivals, TV appearances, and 1000-2000 seat theaters,� he says. “We’re headed to Europe for a couple of weeks, followed by two weeks in Japan. Then we commence a proper tour. The Profile is really the only system that’s flexible enough for me to work with across such a wide range of venues.�

Celeiro also appreciates the VENUE system’s deep integration with Pro Tools® software and its ability to run TDM plug-ins natively within the D-Show Profile worksurface. “I’m loving the Smack! compressor in particular as well as the delays and reverbs. It’s great to have such a collection of powerful effects right in front of me. And the sound of the Profile is really unbeatable. I’d begun the tour using another console, and found myself spending a lot of time fighting the vocals. The VENUE has such a nice front end; it’s fantastic for the vocals in particular. And with the Mix Rack, we’ve now got a system that’s both powerful and portable.�

Digidesign’s VENUE live sound environment is revolutionizing the art and profession of live sound mixing with studio-quality sound, TDM plug-in effects processing, and direct connectivity to industry-standard Pro Tools recording and playback systems. For more information about the VENUE line of products, visit

About Digidesign
Digidesign is a worldwide leading manufacturer of digital audio production systems and the winner of the 2001 Technical Grammy® Award and 2003 Oscar® statuette representing the Academy Scientific and Technical Award for the design, development, and implementation of the Pro Tools® digital audio workstation. Digidesign provides the professional music, film, video, multimedia, and radio broadcast industries with tools for digital recording, MIDI sequencing, editing, signal processing, and surround mixing. Digidesign products are marketed in more than 40 countries worldwide through a distribution network of value-added dealers, distributors, and OEM relationships. Digidesign is a part of Avid Technology, Inc. For more information, visit

About Avid Technology, Inc.
Avid (Nasdaq: AVID) is a worldwide leader in tools for film, video, audio, 3D animation, gaming and broadcast professionals – as well as for home audio and video enthusiasts. Avid professional and consumer brands include Avid, Digidesign, M-Audio, Pinnacle Systems, Sibelius, Softimage and Sundance Digital. The vast majority of primetime television shows, feature films, commercials and chart-topping music hits are made using one or more Avid products. Whether used by seasoned professionals or beginning students, Avid’s products and services enable customers to work more efficiently, productively and creatively. Avid received an Oscar statuette representing the 1998 Scientific and Technical Award for the concept, design, and engineering of the Avid® Film Composer® system for motion picture editing. For more information about the company’s Oscar, Grammy and Emmy® award-winning products and services, visit