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Capital Sound is the classic choice for Il Divo
Capital Sound has been working with operatic pop group Il Divo for a decade, but for their new Front of House engineer, Davide Lombardi, getting to know the audio rental company on the current Il Divo and Katherine Jenkins tour has been somewhat of a revalation.
Italian-born Davide secured the positoin Capital’s recommendation, after they had experienced his mixing expertise with Will Young during the summer of 2012. They also knew he had classical experience working with Andrea Bocelli, and were certain he would be a good option for Il Divo.
“The guys from Capital came and listened, mentioned my name and I was lucky enough to be chosen,” says Davide. “The very first show was BBC Proms in the Park with a live BBC orchestra, which was good experience for me as it was in front of thousands of people.”
This was swiftly followed by a three week stint in Eastern European followed by a South American tour, and then the decision to embark on a six week tour with Katherine Jenkins, which took in venues around Europe and ended with two weeks in UK arenas, including London’s The O2, the MEN in Manchester and NEC Birmingham.
“As far as equipment goes, I asked for a DiGiCo SD7 for my FOH desk and Capital Sound has been very kind to give me that,” Davide continues. “I have always been a DiGiCo fan because their consoles are very approachable and very easy to use. I used the more compact SD10 on the previous tours, but the SD7 was ideal for this tour as we already had 56 channels with Il Divo and, with the addition of Katherine, I needed the facility to have more options available on the console. With the SD7, I can work on three different sections independently, as I’ve got three different screens. With other desks, I would just have one screen.”
Davide also knew that with Steven Carr, Katherine Jenkin’s FOH engineer, working alongside him the SD7 would give him the facility to mix the band and, at the begninning of the tour, allow him to help Steven should he require it without having to move him out of the way.
The SD7 has also been used to record each show to multi-track via MADI.
“This could be used for virtual sound checks, because the boys don’t do a sound check each time, plus the management always wants a multi-track recording at the end of the night,” Davide recalls. “I can do everything from one bit of equipment, straight out of the SD7 into the computer. It’s really easy.”
Capital also provided a DiGiCo SD8 for the monitor position, along with a Meyer Sound loudspeaker system comprising 14 Milo per side, with two Milo 120s providing additional coverage on either side of the stage. 14 Mica per side were utilised for side hangs, with five flown 700 HPs subs per side and two subs ground stacked left and right.
Microphones were a combination of Audix and AKG for instruments, with Sennhieser vocal mics for Il Divo and Audio Technica for Katherine Jenkins.
“The backup I get from Capital is really great,” concludes Davide. “System designer Joseph Pearche has been absolutely brilliant. I’ve got a bit of background in system design and sometimes I am a bit demanding, due to both my background and my Italian temperament. But Joseph has been really nice with me and he’s tried to give me as much as I needed, as has the crew chief, Mark ‘Magic’ Ellis-Cope. In the end, we were like a family. If we had any issues – which we didn’t really - Capital was always there in the form of Paul Timmins or Robin Conway, ready to help us.
“This is the first time I’ve worked with Capital and I’ve found it a really good company and I hope we can keep working together in the future. Capital is definitely one of the top rental companies in my opinion. They provide a great service.”
The Il Divo and Katherine Jenkins tour is currently in the US and continues on to Eastern Europe until the end of June.