The SD11, DiGiCo console made its first appearance on the road tour of Clayton Hutson and Staind frontman and founder, Aaron Lewis.
To promote his album, Town Line, which was circulated in March 2011 the tour took Lewis in shows that were sold out from honky tonks, festival bills, casinos with 700 seats, churches and a 50,000 seat capacity arena with Clay Hutson who is responsible for production and FOH Monitor engineer.
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In the past years, Clayton Hutson has toured with other celebrities. And was able to bring his console. Unfortunately for this particular tour, he has to leave behind his console because of budget restrictions. Since he is used to DiGiCo, he is not comfortable with equipment that is provided in-house.
Clay Hutson said that during his tour with Marilyn Manson a decade ago, he knew that having a newly purchased console was risky, but the DiGiCo worked incredibly well and he has been using the equipment since then.
And because he was not able to lug his console this time, he searched the internet for a console that is small enough to be taken on the tours that he will be working on. The equipment must be compact enough to fit as baggage on airplanes and can be easily placed on the carriage underneath the tour bus. Clayton Hutson explained it is difficult to have the consistency and control he wishes to achieve with any other console that some company provides. Learn more: http://www.digico.biz/docs/latest_news/EkFlpVAlpkPbdvCaIx.shtml
Then he was able to find the DiGiCo SD11 which is 19”. It is the tiniest equipment from DiGiCo that incorporates good sonics, functionality, and features, and best of all it is compact enough to conveniently carry around. So he requested that the SD11 be purchased by the management, and a couple of days later on a show day, the console appeared. And in 15 minutes time, he got the console working the way he wanted it to be.
Clayton Hutson’s desire to have the best console while on tour is supported by sound reasoning which according to him is that it does not matter whether the show will be done in a large or small venue, what matters is he can provide the best service that is expected of him. And he can only accomplish that with the presence of a reliable sound system that has been proven time and again by DiGiCo, his partner in success.