Canadian quartet Marianas Trench kicked off their debut European tour at the end of September with production support from Entec Sound & Light and their newly purchased S21 consoles.
In preparation for their European Vacation tour, Marianas Trench’s Tour Manager/FOH Engineer, Melvin Godfrey and Monitor Engineer, Mike Rowland liaised with Entec’s Head of Sound, Jonny Clark, about the most practical console package for the trip. This resulted in Entec’s purchase of a pair of DiGiCo S21 desks, as Clark explained: “They’ve come over from doing arenas and wanted to maintain their standard of consoles for these smaller dates. DiGiCo is a brand they recognise and their choice of S21s has been with a view to building towards the larger format digital models in the future.”
DiGiCo’s S21 have all the benefits of the brand’s Stealth Digital Processing technology within a smaller surface that offers 24 mic/line inputs, 40 flex channels (equivalent to 80 DSP channels), 46 busses, 10 control groups, eight effects engines and 16 assignable 32-band graphic EQs amongst a raft of features.
Each of the consoles have been supplied to Marianas Trench with a DiGiCo D2 stage rack and Waves endorsee Melvin Godfrey is using a Waves SoundGrid Extreme DSP server in tandem with his S21. Entec’s audio package also includes Shure PSM1000 in-ear systems and a Sennheiser 3732 receiver/5200 transmitter with an e935 capsule.
“The S21 is a solid, practical choice for the band at the right price point,” continued Clark. “Being very compact and lightweight, it’s easy to travel with the S21 by air because it’s under the 32kg luggage limit, and that was really the whole point of the exercise.”
Touring Europe without a regular LD, Marianas Trench have taken a left field approach to their lighting by deploying a laptop-driven Enttec DMXIS device which is triggered by the band’s universal time code to automate a light show using a small LED fixture package from Entec – eight Martin by Harman Stagebar 2’s and eight James Thomas Engineering PixelPar 44’s – to augment in-house systems.
Entec’s role on the tour came via a recommendation from Phil McDonnell, the founder of Horizon Entertainment Cargo and co-founder of new bus firm CSUK. “Through a contact in America, I was asked to assemble the production for the band’s European tour and I didn’t hesitate to put Entec’s name forward,” said McDonnell. “I was a production manager for many years before I started Horizon and started using Entec in 1975 for acts like Van Morrison and Rory Gallagher. Very rarely have I gone anywhere else because in all that time, they’ve never let me down and they’ve always been fantastic people to deal with.”
The final word went to Clark: “Marianas Trench have a fantastic track record in North America and now that they are focused on increasing their presence within Europe, we are very happy to be a part of their touring plans and look forward to providing a solid foundation of support.”