Handling FOH For The Fray On U2 Mini Tour, Jon Lemon Assembles Dream Touring System Pairing SD10 With DiGiRack & Waves/DiGiCo Sound Bundle
Jon Lemon has been rockin’ DiGiCo consoles on A-list tours for nearly 8 years, so when the venerable engineer was asked to handle FOH on a short tour with The Fray, he jumped at the chance to check out the latest DiGiCo SD10 console. The Denver rocker’s mini tour, opening for U2 on a handful of make-up dates from last year’s cancelled tour, was the perfect opportunity for Lemon to explore a desire to assemble and test-drive a small touring package utilizing the compact SD10—in tandem with an SD 192kHz DiGiRack and the Waves/DiGiCo Sound Bundle.
“I was really keen to use the new SD10 with a full Waves package to see if I could actually do a tour without carrying any of my normal, expensive outboard gear, which I’ve gotten quite used to using. Last year, I took an SD8 out on a Smashing Pumpkins tour because we were flying so many places and I wanted something small, lightweight and powerful but I still had all the outboard etc. to ship I liked it, but preferring the SD7, the new SD10 seemed more SD7-like—from the meters and faders to general feel. Having 96 channels with full processing appealed to me, as did the SD10s macros, especially on a single screen DiGiCo product, because you can get around a lot quicker by having them programed. The ability to have more inputs is highly important, too. Bearing in mind that on most modern tours these days you seem to do more flying, it was my goal to get this powerful, small package together, and for a travel pack, I think it’s totally ideal—and probably the way I’m heading for the future.”