||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
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."