Linkin Park “Carnivores” Tour Uses DiGiCo Consoles from Sound Image

US / Canada 2014 audio crewLOS ANGELES, CA — Following the release of the band’s sixth studio album, The Hunting Party, Linkin Park recently completed the 25-date North American leg of their “Carnivores” tour with co-headliners 30 Seconds To Mars and supporting act AFI. Veteran sound engineers Ken “Pooch” Van Druten and Kevin “Tater” McCarthy used a pair of SD7 consoles supplied by Sound Image at FOH and monitor positions.

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With Escondido, CA-based Sound Image providing sound reinforcement for the trek, much has changed from previous tours — but not the guys riding faders at FOH and monitors. In a move driven by both I/O needs and the increased sound quality of a 96 kHz system, Ken “Pooch” Van Druten and Kevin “Tater” McCarthy have moved from their previous digital mixing console choices to a brand new pair of DiGiCo SD7 desks.

When asked why, Van Druten immediately cited two reasons: “We wanted a 96k solution, first off,” says the FOH engineer. “And we had just reached the limits of our abilities with what we had been using. I was at the point where I needed more than the 96 inputs I had available. And by making this change, Linkin Park’s shows sound better than they ever have before.”

For McCarthy, while he loves the improved audio quality (“the sound quality is unprecedented,” he says), it is about the outputs. “At 128, I had plenty of inputs. It just got to the point where 24 outputs were not enough.”

The SD7 and SD Rack system is currently configured with 48 outputs, which doubled what he had on previous tours. But there is the potential to go to 56 outputs, or even higher depending on how the system is configured.

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