Headlining the fourth night of this year’s Rock in Rio Lisoba festival, Stevie Wonder performed to more than 75,000 fans with three Digico SD7 consoles specified for mixing duties.
The trio of Digico desks were specifically requested by Wonder – one for FOH, another for in-ear monitors and a third for band monitors – whose set included over 80 inputs with each SD7 having two dedicated SD-Racks.
Along with the rest of the festival’s audio system, the consoles were supplied by Brazilian rental company Gabisom Audio Equipment.
The FOH console was on a redundant Optocore loop, with the monitors on redundant MADI. All SD7s were dual redundant mirrored engines (audio and control), which provided total permanent redundancy.
“When Stevie made the jump from analogue to digital, the SD7 was the ideal choice because it’s the digital console that sounds closest to the analogue console he was using before,” said Wonder’s FOH engineer. “All other digital consoles sounded and felt very much like computers.”
“Having Stevie Wonder personally ask for three SD7s for his Rock In Rio performance was a real endorsement of the console’s standing within both the artist and technical production communities,” added Ian Staddon, Digico vice president of sales. “Gabisom bought the third SD7 specifically for this show, which shows a fantastic commitment to Digico.”
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