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Corey Scogin

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Analog consoles still in use on big tours?
« on: May 20, 2018, 01:01:45 am »

I saw Willie Nelson on tour recently and noticed his FOH console was analog.
How rare is it to see these beasts out on large tours these days?
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Re: Analog consoles still in use on big tours?
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2018, 03:51:54 am »

Fairly rare.  Maybe 1 show in 6, with 3 acts per show - about 5%?
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Re: Analog consoles still in use on big tours?
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2018, 10:52:58 am »

I honestly don't remember the last time I saw a Broadway tour with an analog console. Maybe Dolly Parton's 9 to 5, five or six years ago? Cadac J-Type, of course.
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Re: Analog consoles still in use on big tours?
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2018, 11:25:44 am »

Willie has been using that rig since Christ was a cowboy. And I donít see them changing anytime soon.

Metallica (Big Mick) and the RHCP (Dave Ratt) are the othe notable holdouts.
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Re: Analog consoles still in use on big tours?
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2018, 11:39:57 am »

I have to wonder if this is sort of another "NO brown M & M's" litmus test, if the local crew can wrangle a huge analogue console, they can probably handle the rest of the issues. ( Yes, I also sometimes type colour just to amuse myself.)
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Re: Analog consoles still in use on big tours?
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2018, 11:59:46 am »

Willie has been using that rig since Christ was a cowboy. And I donít see them changing anytime soon.

Metallica (Big Mick) and the RHCP (Dave Ratt) are the othe notable holdouts.

I think you can add Foo Fighters to the list.  A few years back Elton John/Billy Joel - one of them had a Yammy PM5000 but I don't know which.  There is another country act touring with analogue, too.

I don't miss the weight, size, trucking, etc of analogue and I'm not sure I don't miss the "sound" in live audio as presented in hockey arenas and other similar venues.
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Re: Analog consoles still in use on big tours?
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2018, 02:08:09 pm »

Willie has been using that rig since Christ was a cowboy. And I donít see them changing anytime soon.

Metallica (Big Mick) and the RHCP (Dave Ratt) are the othe notable holdouts.
Big Mick has been using the Midas xl8 for Metallica for a while now..

AC/DC were still analog with the Midas Pro 40 on the last tour.

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Re: Analog consoles still in use on big tours?
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2018, 02:28:48 pm »

Big Mick has been using the Midas xl8 for Metallica for a while now..

AC/DC were still analog with the Midas Pro 40 on the last tour.

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Last time Lee Brice was through these parts he was going through a Paragon.

This was 2015, not sure if they are still able to keep it functioning t hough.
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Re: Analog consoles still in use on big tours?
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2018, 02:47:33 pm »

Willie has been using that rig since Christ was a cowboy. And I donít see them changing anytime soon.

Metallica (Big Mick) and the RHCP (Dave Ratt) are the othe notable holdouts.
Well, were..
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Re: Analog consoles still in use on big tours?
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2018, 04:47:12 pm »

Saw Green Day last year touring with an analog Midas, not sure what model.

Eric Church was running another analog Midas last year, too.

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