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Annie Lennox On Tour With Mackie SDR Hard Disk Recorders

  left to right - Ozzie Henderson, Mike Choi and Tony Remy

Sound crew and performers alike celebrated the end of the recent Annie Lennox solo tour with nothing but praise for the two Mackie SDR 24/96 Hard Disk Recorders used to bring the haunting voice of the ex-Eurthymic to venues across the US and Europe.

For programmer and keyboard technician Ozzie Henderson the Mackie set-up performed far beyond expectations. He says; "I used the two Mackie SDRs for the entire 10 week tour of the US and Europe and they performed faultlessly, easily standing up to the rigors of the road without breaking a sweat."

The decision to use the Mackie SDRs came after musical director for the tour, Mike Stevens, expressed a need for playing back programmed audio, the ability to cue songs instantly, and most importantly, have machines that were incredibly reliable. For this reason the team decided to investigate hard disk options and contacted Mackie UK.

Henderson continues; "Mackie as a brand is known for products that break ground, but not at the expense of functionality. When roadworthiness is a major concern, customer service is as important as the product itself. For all these reasons the Mackie SDRs stood head and shoulders above the rest of the considered options."

The need for a playback option is often fundamental on a live tour due to the very nature of live sound work as Henderson explains; "Playing live sometimes needs elements of the record that cannot be accurately reproduced solely acoustically, so the Mackie SDRs are used to play back these elements."

The Mackie SDRs will now be used for future promo and show dates.

Ozzie Henderson concludes; "The decision to use the SDRs was definitely the right one and the support we got from Martin Warr and Woody at Mackie UK was exceptional."


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