The Behringer X32 hit the road with ’80s icon Midge Ure recently, along with a full complement of S16 stage boxes and splitters from the manufacturer.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Ure’s platinum record, Breathe; so instead of performing solo, the former Ultravox frontman decided to take a full band out for the celebration.
Berenice Hardman, Ure’s front of house engineer for more than two decades, has typically relied on analogue setups for the solo shows. However, due to the need for more channels, effects returns on faders and maximum versatility on the tour, she turned to the better suited X32.
The same X32 setup was used for Ure’s live album, Breathe Again, Live and Extended, which was released worldwide through Oblivion/SPV.
“I needed 16 channels plus effects returns, and I have to be particularly flexible with these shows as we are taking in such a variety of venues – from proper theatres to a tithe barn, would you believe,” Hardman said. “All the gear has to go either in cars or a splitter… so I needed something small enough to squeeze into tight spaces. I’d already used a Behringer X32 last year, and thought it sounded great – plus it was easy to structure to the way I engineer. It’s also very affordable, so it becomes an absolute no-brainer.”