“There is nothing subtle about this show” – Jon Burton, Prodigy FOH engineer
During December, we were extremely honoured to be able to take a group of our students on an exclusive tour of The Prodigy’s stage and PA setups during their run of three sold out dates at Manchester’s Warehouse Project.
A seldction of students from our Live Sound Engineering and Electronic Music Production courses were treated to a full run down of the technical aspects of the production from The Prodigy’s Front of House engineer Jon Burton and other sound crew and technicians working the shows.
Jon and the crew led our students up on stage and talked through the bands monitoring systems, drum mic’ing and guitar amps. At the heart of the stage action is Liam Howlett’s production and performance rig which consisted of a number of synths and controllers running via a dual-Mac based Ableton setup and some truly unique custom modules that we aren’t really allowed to talk about! (Modified arcade machines anyone!?)
Following this look at the stage and monitor setups, the band’s crew took the group to the Front of House mixing position where Jon discussed the equipment used along with the requirements and restrictions that a production of this scale has to deal with.
The highlight of the trip came with a full PA test, which we can safely tell you was EXTREMELY loud! Our ears are still ringing!
Playing out Prodigy’s classic Voodoo People, Jon and the crew isolated various parts of the PA and stage monitor stacks and talked our students through topics such as phase issues, sub bass setups, side/stage in-fills and time alignment/delays.
The tour concluded with a Q&A session with the crew, where our students received some great tips and advice about getting started, how to stand out in the industry and working your way up to a level where you can go on tour with such a high profile artist.
Jay Beard – SSR Live Sound Tutor:“This was an amazing field trip. Having access to the venue and hearing from Jon and the rest of the crew was a real highlight for our students and gave them a great insight into the production and technicalities behind a show of this scale. They all really enjoyed it and I believe got a great deal of insight and advice from the visit that will enhance the rest of their time studying at SSR.”
We would like to say a HUGE thank you to Jon Burton and the rest of the band’s crew (who even included a previous SSR student!) for sharing their time and knowledge with us, and would also like to thank The Prodigy and The Warehouse Project for allowing us access to the venue.
We hope to welcome Jon back to SSR in the New Year for a guest lecture and will be doing our best to arrange similar trips as part of our 30th birthday celebrations throughout 2014. Watch this (out of) space!More pictures can be found over on our Media page