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BEHIND THE BOARD WITH… DAVE GUERIN The Pogues’ monitor engineer on silver service and (unsuccessful) deer dodging…


Which


band/project are you currently working on? Just finished some Pogues gigs, next is the Gorillaz.


Where are you at the moment? At home in Ireland.


What audio console are you utilising? And how many channels? For the Gorillaz it’s a Digico SD7. About 110 or so inputs in use. Plus 38 mono outs, and 15 stereo outs.


What decision process was behind the choice of this audio console? No other desk does this amount of inputs and outputs.


Do you utilise any outboard effects/eq, and if so, what are they used on and why?


An SPX90 for an octave up harmonise effect on one of the Gorillaz’ songs. The desk only does octave down.


Favourite console?


Digico SD7, but Midas Pro 6 is also good, as is the Soundcraft Vi6. Can’t stand Digidesign.


Favourite PA system or monitors? d&b M4, d&b M2, d&b Q7


Favourite venue, festival or studio? Venue: Brixton Academy, except they messed with the roof 15 years ago and it doesn’t sound as good as it did. Festival: Any with silver service catering and complimentary red wine, for after the gig of course. Studio: Not Electric Lady anyway.


Best toy you take on tour (can be audio… can be other)… iPhone 4


What’s been your worst professional experience to date? Not a professional experience, but hitting a deer in a van travelling at 100kph somewhere in Sweden after a gig wasn’t pleasant.


What’s been your career highlight? Blur at Glastonbury 2009 was a huge gig.


What really pisses you off when working?


Not being able to do my gig because a union thinks it knows best.


What makes you happy when working? Good gigs.


With hindsight, what job would you have chosen for yourself? Singer, then I’d give all the monitor engineers a hard time.


Finally, if you weren't working now, you'd be? At home in Ireland. And I’m not working now, so that’s where I am!


44 audioPRO October 2010


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