Daly City, CA â€” Singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw gained national attention when his breakthrough single â€œI Donâ€™t Want to Beâ€? 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).
DeGrawâ€™s FOH engineer Erick â€œOttoâ€? Celeiro is mixing the show on a DigidesignÂ® VENUE system. The compact configuration comprises a D-ShowÂ® Profileâ„¢ control surface, along with Digidesignâ€™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.
â€œThe combination of Mix Rack and [D-Show] Profile is unbelievably powerful,â€? says Celeiro. â€œWeâ€™re doing a lot of festivals and one-off dates in smaller venues at the moment, and the system is ideal. Itâ€™s quick to set up, portable and compact, and the Profileâ€™s small footprint is really deceiving for a system so powerful. Iâ€™ve been mixing Gavin since the beginning of his touring career, and since Iâ€™ve been using the D-Show, I honestly feel this is the best heâ€™s ever sounded.â€?
As Celeiro explains, the current dates are widely varied, and the VENUE systemâ€™s flexibility is a tremendous asset. â€œRight now, weâ€™re bouncing between radio festivals, TV appearances, and 1000-2000 seat theaters,â€? he says. â€œWeâ€™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 thatâ€™s flexible enough for me to work with across such a wide range of venues.â€?
Celeiro also appreciates the VENUE systemâ€™s deep integration with Pro ToolsÂ® software and its ability to run TDM plug-ins natively within the D-Show Profile worksurface. â€œIâ€™m loving the Smack! compressor in particular as well as the delays and reverbs. Itâ€™s great to have such a collection of powerful effects right in front of me. And the sound of the Profile is really unbeatable. Iâ€™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; itâ€™s fantastic for the vocals in particular. And with the Mix Rack, weâ€™ve now got a system thatâ€™s both powerful and portable.â€?
Digidesignâ€™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 www.digidesign.com/venue.
Digidesign is a worldwide leading manufacturer of digital audio production systems and the winner of the 2001 Technical GrammyÂ® Award and 2003 OscarÂ® statuette representing the Academy Scientific and Technical Award for the design, development, and implementation of the Pro ToolsÂ® 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 www.digidesign.com.
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