DiGiCo Counts in Telstra’s Corporate Band Rehearsals
What kind of company band can you have when your company has thousands of employees? Well the answer is, a pretty good one. Recently Filter witnessed a promotional gig by the Telstra staff band, One Click, One Touch, to test new material in the foyer of its Melbourne Headquarters in Lonsdale Street. The band is part of a Telstra sponsorship for Rock Inc., Supporting Olivia Newton John’s Cancer Centre. This was just a band warm up for the real thing, an international corporate battle of the bands.
Advanced Audio sent in their big guns to simulate as much as possible the big gig environment with DiGiCo and Nexo. Pete Rickman loaded all the toys for rehearsals in the executive boardroom on level 43 high above Melbourne, “The D1 did a superb job of eight sends of monitors, we used the quick access internal EQs on each send and compression on whatever channel or send needed”.
The fun didn’t stop there. The DiGiCo stage rack pre amp configuration enabled the guys to do a quick multi-track recording, allowing the band members personal mixes for solo practice when they got home. “I even ran the drum & bass tracks for rehearsal whilst a couple of the musos went on a break”, commented Pete.
The Rehearsal Rig Comprised of, DiGiCo D1, Carillon PC with Nuendo, 8x PS 10, 4x PS 15 and Camco Tecton amps, a mic kit and a few stands. (note: all Gear ins, stage, EQ etc. fit in a Transit van). The event gig used the above with a Double Alpha E system for FOH.
The Set-up, High Above Melbourne
John Stanhope (Telstra CFO) loosens his tie as Marty Rhone does his spiel about Rock Inc.
John Diamond at the DiGiCo desk
A Round of Applause for the Band
John Stanhope drums up a storm