Sony Digital Rapids Pixel Power calrec Sony

DiGiCo Treats Nicki Minaj Like a Queen on Her Nicki

21/05/2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio Although North American audiences were justifiably disappointed when Nicki Minaj cancelled her fall 2018 NickiHndrxx tour with Future after deciding to re-evaluate elements of production and devote more time to rehearsals before hitting the road, her overseas fans recently got the chance to reap the benefits of a fantastically solid show. Teaming up with Juice WRLD on the aptly named Nicki WRLD tour in support of Queen, her fourth and most recent album, the latest trek stopped at 22 arenas throughout Europe and the UK from February 21 and March 28.

Cleveland-based Eighth Day Sound supplied the tour's PA and control package, which featured DiGiCo SD5 consoles for both FOH and monitors, paired with five SD-Racks and an SD-Mini Rack, all on an Optocore loop. We used a traditional splitter for some inputs, but also shared inputs via the loop, describes FOH engineer Kevin Brown, who has also mixed for Chris Brown, Outkast, American Authors, Toni Braxton, Kid Cudi, Joi and others. Looping the consoles also enabled us to use the Con Send and Receive ports, which was particularly useful when I needed to send audio down to monitors; this could be talkbacks, FX or playback audio from FOH. I also used the new DiGiGrid MGR at my console for recording and virtual playback.

Although he has been a fan of DiGiCo's SD-Range for several years, the Nicki WRLD tour marked the first time that Brown had had the opportunity to use the manufacturer's new 32-bit Stadius Mic Pre-Amp modules. DiGiCo did an amazing job with them! he enthuses. The noise floor is almost zero, and the dynamic range is incredible. Using them on vocals gave me a big, clean sound. We also used them for keyboards. The guys on keys had a lot of analogue synths to replicate the sounds used on the records, and I wanted to make sure we captured what makes us all love analogue synths. We also shared another 16 channels of 32-bit cards that were located in the SD-Mini Rack mounted with our playback rig.

Marlon John, who has been Nicki Minaj's monitor engineer on all of her tours dating back to 2010, was equally thrilled with the new Mic Pre-Amps. I first used the new cards last summer with the Migos and loved them, he recalls. On this tour, we originally used them only on the vocal mics, and they sounded phenomenal-especially on Nicki's mic. Having previously worked with her on various other consoles and DiGiCo desks prior to having the new cards, I noticed that her vocal was actually much easier to mix with the 32-bit Mic Pre-Amps. Her voice sounded bigger and fuller, and I required less gain to get her vocal to where I needed it to optimally sit in her mix.

For the Nicki WRLD tour, her backup band was comprised of a drummer, two keyboard players, a DJ, a backing vocalist and playback, which put the input count at around 80 channels for Minaj's set. Adding Juice WRLD's inputs, plus other local openers, raised that to over 100 channels. Even with that many channels, the SD5 made it easy to navigate the show via snapshots and spill sets, says Brown. I could organize my banks and layers based on the inputs needed for a given song and store the location in the snapshot. Juice WRLD initially played after the first half on Nicki's set; she would descend on one lift, Juice would come up another, and it had to be a seamless transition, so I built a snapshot for his engineer within my session. The SD-Range consoles have a very powerful snapshot engine; we were both able to have all of the settings we needed at the click of a button.

With all vocalists and musicians on IEMs, and no wedges for stage monitoring-aside from two d&b J-Sub and four J8 flown as sidefills-John was manning 20 stereo and six mono mixes on his sub-stage SD5. With the spill set, I was able to configure and lay out the bank where everything was easy to access. Like FOH, we shared the monitor console with Juice WRLD on this tour, and with the SD5's great snapshot feature, I was able to use one snapshot for him within my Nicki Minaj show.

Having mixed monitors for everyone from Trey Songz, Drake and Lil' Wayne to Ne-Yo, Snoop Dogg and Prince over the years, John has steadily relied on the SD platform since 2014. The SD5 is my console of choice; in fact, it's the only console on my rider. I love its layout, and with the multi-screens, I find that I can navigate around the console very seamlessly.

I have been using the SD platform for a quite a few years now as well, Brown chimes in. I don't feel at all restricted by its architecture. It allows me to be creative without worrying about technical roadblocks. Though I was very happy with the SD5 on this tour, my personal favourite is really the SD7, especially with the new Quantum engine. And another thing that I love about DiGiCo is its people. Between Group One in the US and the main office in the UK I can always get a question or concern addressed. They stand behind their products and are always open to feedback from us everyday users. It's a great feeling to know the company fully supports us.

John agrees: I have known Group One's Matt Larson for almost ten years now and he is my go to' person-he can always put me in touch with DiGiCo's great tech support team. I can always rely on them to assist me with any problem I have anywhere I might be in the world, day or night. Out on the road, that level of service is priceless.

Nicki Minaj just announced that she will be touring North America this summer with Chris Brown. For more details, visit www.mypinkfriday.com. Eighth Day Sound can also be found online at www.8thdaysound.com.

DiGiCo Press Contacts

Maria Fiorellino at DiGiCo

Tel: +44 1372 845600

Email: maria@digiconsoles.com

Chris Shuler at Public Address

Tel: +1 574 514 7131

Email: christophershuler@comcast.net
LINK: https://digico.biz/digico-treats-nicki-minaj-like-a-queen-on-her-nicki...
See more stories from digico

Most recent headlines

16/06/2019

Father s Day Tips From GoPro Founder, CEO

In The Wild Jun 16, 2019 The quest for the perfect family photo drives parents to tears and kids to tantrums. So this Father's Day, we say embrace the...

16/06/2019

New Color Alert for Sleeve + Lanyard

Tools Of The Trade Jun 16, 2019 2019 has proven to be a colorful year for GoPro, so to stick with the trend, and perhaps inspire a few new ones of our own,...

16/06/2019

The LinkedIn Brand: Finding our Voice and Showing our Colors

The LinkedIn Brand: Finding our Voice and Showing our Colors Published on Jun 13, 2019 Melissa Selcher Vice President, Brand Marketing and Corporate Communi...

16/06/2019

Live from the U.S. Open: Brad Cheney of Fox Sports on the Evolution of the Open Compound

Live from the U.S. Open: Brad Cheney of Fox Sports on the Evolution of the Open ...

15/06/2019

Step Into International Surfing Day

In The Wild Jun 15, 2019 Well friends, it's that time of year again. International Surfing Day is upon us, and you know what that means, all your local...

15/06/2019

Primetime Ratings: ABC Rolls as Raptors Off Warriors

The Raptors won the NBA championship, and led ABC to the Thursday ratings title, game six giving the network a 4.2 in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights,...

15/06/2019

Buttigieg on HBO's Axios' June 16

Mike Allen and Pete Buttigieg photo: Courtesy of HBO Documentary news series Axios checks in with presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg in the episode on HBO Ju...

15/06/2019

Spectrum Originals Orders More L.A.'s Finest'

Spectrum Originals has ordered a second season for series L.A.'s Finest. Stars/executive producers Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba made the announcement at...

15/06/2019

Viewership Insights: St. Louis Blues Win First Stanley Cup

Following a thrilling, seven-game series, the St. Louis Blues hoisted the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history. Blues fans obviously tuned in en ...

15/06/2019

Bandit Lites Helps Light Largest NFL Draft In History

Bandit Lites Helps Light Largest NFL Draft In History posted: 14/06/2019 A record breaking 600,000 people attended the 84th annual meeting of the National...

15/06/2019

Barnfind Rocks the House for Karpe's 2019 Tour

Barnfind Rocks the House for Karpe's 2019 Tour posted: 14/06/2019 Karpe, the Norwegian hip hop and rap band formerly known as Karpe Diem, thinks outside...

15/06/2019

Adobe Unveils AI-Powered Technology Previews in Adobe Experience Cloud to Accelerate Customer Experience Management (CXM)

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Rising expectations and competition for the empowered consume...

15/06/2019

Telos Alliance Shows IP Solutions at InfoComm 2019

Telos Alliance Shows IP Solutions at InfoComm 2019 June 05, 2019 Telos Alliance invites InfoComm 2019 attendees to Hear Whats Next in IP Audio Innovation wit...

15/06/2019

TVB Delivers Superior-Quality OTT Experience With Harmonic

TVB Delivers Superior-Quality OTT Experience With Harmonic June 14, 2019 Harmonic's Content-Aware Encoding Improves Viewer Satisfaction for OTT Delivery b...

15/06/2019

NETFLIX ORDERS PRANK ENCOUNTERS, HIDDEN-CAMERA PRANK SHOW HOSTED BY GATEN MATARAZZO

-- Propagate Produced Series Launches Later This Year -- Netflix has ordered P...

15/06/2019

Live From the U.S. Open: Fox Sports Highlights Include Drone, More Toptracer, and 50+ 1080p HDR Cameras

Live From the U.S. Open: Fox Sports Highlights Include Drone, More Toptracer, an...

15/06/2019

SVG College Summit: Cinematic Techniques and the Art of Storytelling in Live Sports Production

SVG College Summit: Cinematic Techniques and the Art of Storytelling in Live Spo...

15/06/2019

SVG College Summit: Pac-12 Networks' At-Home Production Workflow and the Role of Audio

SVG College Summit: Pac-12 Networks' At-Home Production Workflow and the Rol...

15/06/2019

SVG College Summit: How Texas A&M's 12th Man Productions Made the Move to IP

SVG College Summit: How Texas A&M's 12th Man Productions Made the Move to IP Case study details the SEC powerhouse's experience working with Imagine Com...

15/06/2019

Live From the U.S. Open: With World Cup and Open Coinciding, Fox Sports' Mike Davies Says Production Team, Partners Are Essential

Live From the U.S. Open: With World Cup and Open Coinciding, Fox Sports' Mik...

15/06/2019

ESPN Doubles Up Production Efforts for MLB in Omaha

ESPN Doubles Up Production Efforts for MLB in Omaha The network is keeping a majority of the same staff for the College World Series By Kristian Hernandez, Ass...

15/06/2019

Sports Production Companies Embracing Remote Production

Sports Production Companies Embracing Remote Production Bridge Technologies has long been a fervent proponent of IP technology and the benefits it brings to th...

14/06/2019

Ericsson's 5G leadership in Europe awarded at World 5G Summit

The partners were jointly awarded the Best 5G Network Development in Europe award at a June 12 ceremony for their industry-leading implementations of 5G produ...

14/06/2019

Korean President and Swedish Monarch celebrate eSports match at Ericsson Studio

The state visit celebrates that it is 60 years since Sweden and South Korea entered into diplomatic relations. Today, the countries are successful in IT, eSport...

14/06/2019

All About A Cappella: The Who, the Why, and the Puns

As you may expect, a cappella has a niche-yet vocal-fan base. The instrument-less singing genre racked up more than 150 million streams in the last three months...

14/06/2019

Swedish R&B Star Cherrie Releases New Spotify Singles with Fans as Backup

In April, Sweden's R&B queen Cherrie posted on Instagram that she'd be recording two new Spotify Singles-and she invited fans to be her backup singers. ...

14/06/2019

French and South African partners collaborate to support South African animation industry

French and South African partners collaborate to support South African animation...

14/06/2019

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) call for funding applications is open

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) call for funding applications is o...

14/06/2019

TDC helps amaze and thrill Vivid Sydney visitors in 2019

TDC helps amaze and thrill Vivid Sydney visitors in 2019 posted: 14/06/2019 A kaleidoscope of colours reproduced by 70 projectors; 1,600,000 lumens; 161,2...

14/06/2019

Characters to the Rescue

In addition to Thanos, Weta also crafted Iron Man's Nano suit, having a history with the character all the way back to the first Avengers film. It's in...

14/06/2019

Avengers: Endgame A VFX Wonder

If we have learned nothing over the past decade since the characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) began gracing the big screen, it's that each A...

14/06/2019

The Reviews Are In: HERO7 Black Perfect Travel Companion

News Jun 14, 2019 Whether it's TimeWarping through the tropics, HyperSmoothing through the Himalayas or SuperPhotoing a secluded campsite, HERO7 Black ...

14/06/2019

House of Lords to question BBC DG, Channel 4 CEO

The House of Lords Communications Committee continues its inquiry into PSB Dan Meier 2 hours ago The House of Lords Communications Committee continues it...

14/06/2019

Teen Drama Euphoria' Starts on HBO June 16

Zendaya photo: Courtesy of HBO Drama Euphoria begins on HBO June 16. Sam Levinson created the show, about a group of high school students as they navigate dru...

14/06/2019

The QuickStrip Bass FX Chain

Sometimes when you get inspired, you don't have time to wait before laying down some tracks. But then you want a compressor, and maybe a bit of dirt for an ...

14/06/2019

GoPro Mountain Games Is On and Underway

Events Jun 6, 2019 Dust off those trail shoes, prep the paddles, gather the fam and don't forget the pup. The 2019 GoPro Mountain Games are officially ...

14/06/2019

international travel tips and tricks

Tools Of The Trade Jun 12, 2019 Bags are packed, tickets are booked, rides have been arranged. You're going on the trip of a lifetime, so we're her...

14/06/2019

Take An Adventure with GoPro + Airbnb

In The Wild Jun 13, 2019 GoPro and adventure have been travel companions since we introduced the first HERO camera in 2004, and we're pumped to announc...

14/06/2019

Telos Infinity IP Intercom Rocks Lollapalooza Brazil

Telos Infinity IP Intercom Rocks Lollapalooza Brazil posted: 13/06/2019 Running communications for six stages, the no-matrix IP intercom system helps Loll...

14/06/2019

Outstanding Vari-Lite VLZ Profile meets every challenge for Evita

Outstanding Vari-Lite VLZ Profile meets every challenge for Evita posted: 13/06/2019 Plan B Entertainment's US touring production of Evita, with lighti...

14/06/2019

Yvan Le Verge Joins Ross Video as Sales Manager for France

Yvan Le Verge Joins Ross Video as Sales Manager for France posted: 14/06/2019 Ross Video is pleased to announce that Yvan Le Verge has joined the company ...

14/06/2019

SVG Sky Sport Summit ready to roll with final agenda for Munich

SVG Sky Sport Summit ready to roll with final agenda for Munich posted: 14/06/2019 by Fergal Ringrose, Editorial Director, SVG Europe Sky Sport HQ stu...

14/06/2019

EVS' Live Production Innovations on Show at BroadcastAsia

EVS Live Production Innovations on Show at BroadcastAsia posted: 14/06/2019 EVS, the leading provider of live production solutions, will showcase its exte...

14/06/2019

Paladin Blue for European Union Parliament Elections

Paladin Blue for European Union Parliament Elections posted: 14/06/2019 Europeans went to the polls May 23-26 to elect a new European Parliament with cit...

14/06/2019

Dem Celebrates 40 Glorious Years

D em Celebrates 40 Glorious Years posted: 14/06/2019 Legendary Polish blues rock band D em celebrated a landmark 40 years of thrilling fans with their hig...

14/06/2019

DirectOut expands Sales Support

DirectOut expands Sales Support posted: 14/06/2019 DirectOut Technologies has expanded its Sales Support team with the appointment of Benno Sonder as of 1...

14/06/2019

NewTek Announces 2019 Winners of annual UK Education Awards

- The Awards recognise excellence in creating inspiring videos and live streams with NewTek technology by students across the UK - NewTek announced the recipie...

14/06/2019

Telstra delivers sports broadcasting milestone at World Relay Championships

Leading telecommunications and technology company, Telstra, has enabled a significant milestone in sports broadcast production with the remote production and de...

14/06/2019

Showtimes The Chi Uses Blackmagic Design Cameras to Bring Chicago South Side to Life

Blackmagic Design announced today that Showtime Networks' The Chi incorpor...

14/06/2019

Datacom and VO Sign System Integrator Partner Agreement for APAC

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that Datacom is the first c...