Following the release of their eighth studio album Born in the Echoes earlier this year, the Chemical Brothers Live tour has been churning through daily music festival appearances and stadium dates promoting the seminal duo's "bold reinvention" of an evolving sound that spans a 20-year career full of multiple Grammy Awards, Top Ten singles and #1 albums. True to their technological heritage, the tour employs cutting-edge technology on stage to produce one of the most intense and elaborate live experiences ever devised. The tour's Matt Cox details how MOTU audio interfaces, with their advanced audio networking, factor heavily into the systems that drive the show.
Playback and stage mixing
"We are doing several things at the moment with various MOTU interfaces. Our primary playback system uses 16A's to provide audio inputs to our stage mixing console. We needed sixteen outputs from an interface and the spec of the unit suited us well. So far, performance has been solid and reliable and we are very happy with the results. We also have a sync'd laptop which acts as a loops/drum machine device. This, too, has a 16A interface attached for multi-channel output to the stage.
"My previous experiences using MOTU kit in our stage systems for Snow Patrol and Sub Focus were very positive, so it was easy to choose MOTU's latest new technology for the Chemical Brothers Live tour. This new MOTU kit allowed us to deploy a more flexible, integrated system that is quick to set up."