System Designer Ben Phillips chooses Waves eMotion LV1, Waves pluginsand Waves SoundGrid Servers for the current Phil Collins Not Dead Yet Tour.

The Phil Collins tour is mixed on an Avid Venue|S6L. In addition, the FOH setup includes a Production Console (AKA Matrix Console) which is connected to the PA. This tour chose the Waves eMotion LV1 as the production console which acts as a buffer between the PA and the show’s mixing desk, as well as between the guests consoles belonging to support acts that play before the main show.
In addition, some of the smaller support acts, DJs and solo artists, are mixed on the Waves eMotion LV1 while also utilizing the DiGiGrid IOCs’ microphone pre-amps. This not only saved production the hire-costs involved, but also having to find additional space for another desk at FOH as well.

Phillips comments, “After considering our options, we decided to move to the Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer and Waves dedicated servers and IO. There was no huge decision-making process; it was quite an obvious choice. We wanted a compact rack-mounted Waves plugin solution, and the eMotion LV1 offered just that. Here at The KSG Group, we use Waves and SoundGrid as part of our recording systems, which made it easy to modify one of our recording systems to suit this live application.”

He adds, about his setup, “We have two Waves SoundGrid Extreme Serverswith two DiGiGrid IOC and two Lenovo ThinkCentre M Series allowing for a system that has a high level of built in redundancy. One IOC takes analog, with the other AES, and both then feed an L’Acoustics P1 via analog and AES, which is our input to the PA system. There is an Icon Platform M Controller, so we have some faders for local inputs.”
Regarding Waves plugins, Ben remarks, “We run the LV1 (64ch) and LV1 integrated Waves plugins: the Waves eMo F2 Filter; eMo Generator, eMo Q4 Equalizer and the eMo D5 Dynamics. In addition, we mainly use the Waves F6 Floating-Band Dynamic EQfor cosmetic EQ on the S6L input and to enhance the incoming audio. Nothing complex. Other favorites are the Waves SSL G-Master Buss Compressor for selective buss compression used on additional inputs, Waves LoAir, for subtle and selective use as an effect for certain outputs at various parts of the show and the Renaissance Compressor, configured to act as a ducker for preshow music and video content.”

The LV1 Mixer can be as you would want it to be, from a laptop with one or two I/O devices and a server packed to fly, or a big four-screen rig with several I/O devices racks. You can control eMotion LV1 using industry-standard hardware controllers, multi-touch screens and diverse portable devices, from four touchscreens to a single laptop or tablet. Whichever device you are using, the LV1 has the same intuitive workflow, with a user interface built for flexibility and speed.

Phillips adds, “We take the Phil Collins desk and any support desks and provide routing for these to the PA. Other inputs are for walk-in music, VT feeds and other ancillary inputs as required. The Waves LV1 Mixer offers us a level of functionality and quality that is difficult to find in such a compact and easily reconfigurable form. With such a high-profile artist, reliability and sound quality are a premium concern for us; and we are able to maintain a high standard of audio that our audiences have come to expect.”

Phillips summarises, “We like the fact that it is easy to use and simple to configure, it is straightforward to increase the input and output count and vice versa, the system can be made to be very compact, it has great scalability, competitive pricing, DSP redundancy, universal acceptance and last but not least – industry standard plugins and processing.”

About Waves Audio Ltd.:
Waves is the world’s leading developer of audio DSP solutions for the professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets. Since its start in the early ’90s with the introduction of the Q10 equalizer plugin, Waves has gone on to develop a comprehensive line of over 150 audio plugins, including industry standards like the L1 and L2 Ultramaximizers, popular vintage console models, and innovative mixing tools like Vocal Rider and the Artist Signature Series. For its accomplishments, Waves received a Technical GRAMMY® Award in 2011, and the Q10 was selected as an inductee into the TECnology Hall of Fame. In 2016, Waves released the eMotion LV1 mixer, a revolutionary live digital mixing console that provides real-time audio mixing for front-of-house, monitor, studio and broadcast engineers. Waves technologies are now used to improve sound quality in virtually every sector of the audio market, from recording, mixing, mastering and post-production to broadcast, live sound, and consumer electronics. Waves has over 25 years of expertise in the development of psychoacoustic signal processing algorithms that leverage knowledge of human auditory perception to radically improve perceived sound quality. Waves’ award-winning processors are utilized to improve sound quality in the creation of hit records, major motion pictures, and top-selling video games worldwide. Waves offers computer software and hardware-plus-software solutions for the professional and broadcast markets. The company’s WavesLive division is a market leader in all live sound sectors, spearheading the development of solutions for all live platforms. Under its Maxx brand, Waves offers semiconductor and licensable algorithms for consumer electronics applications. Waves technologies dramatically enhance audio performance and are used by industry leaders such as Dell, Google, Fitbit, Acer, Asus, Hisense and more.