When Huw Richards brought the master faders up each night on Mis-Teeq's recent UK tour, he had more than the band to consider: "This show is by no means quiet. There were times where we were measuring 115-118dB (peak) just from the kids screaming!"
Northampton-based Tourtech provided adaptable PA configurations for the varied range of venues played and Huw is Mis-Teeq's front of house engineer. "I was lucky enough to tour two PA systems," says Richards. "dV-DOSC and L'Acoustics ARCS.. At Hammersmith we used V-DOSC with dV-DOSC down fills and ARC in and out fills. Tourtech were very generous and basically supplied anything we wanted with very little added expense. For this type of tour it was ideal to be able to pick and choose what to apply to each venue with such flexibility."
System control was XTA across the board and the dynamics rack saw XTA's Series 2 to the fore. "In particular the D2 was very useful for Mis-Teeq," adds Richards, who worked with the Series 2 range extensively at this summer's Reading Festival. "As well as belting out up tempo songs and three ballads, the girls are also constantly vibing up the audience, which takes a lot of control from the audio end of things. The D2 was perfect for controlling the dynamics of this type of vocal. And I was most impressed with the additional master compression - all this from a one unit device."
Richards also used XTA C2 and G2 for straightforward instrument channel inserts and SiDDs for numerous applications during the tour.