As Drake’s live show grows alongside his commercial success, which has seen him break The Beatles’ 54-year-old record for the most Billboard Top 10 singles in a year (2018), his audio console needed to accommodate more effects and multi track recording facilities, according to front of house (FOH) engineer Demetrius Moore.
Working with Drake since 2009, Moore has always used a DiGiCo console, moving to the brand’s flagship SD7 Quantum plus an SD5 on monitors, supplied by international audio specialist Eighth Day Sound.
“We upgraded to the Quantum engine for this tour because I needed more for digital outboard effects and multitrack recording,” says Moore. “The MADI [fibre optic cable] capabilities allow me to do that. I use absolutely everything on the board; Multiband Compressor, Desser, Dynamic EQ, Snapshots, Midi, Timecode and Macros.”
As for microphones, Drake uses Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 because, says Moore, “We know we will have a stable microphone throughout the whole show. We’ve never had any dropouts and we’ve never had to switch to the spare. Drake performs out in front of the PA a lot of the time and the 9000 Series can easily handle that. Its tight pattern allows him to be heard at high quality all the time.”
Drake’s Assassination Vacation tour visited venues such as Ireland’s 3Arena (cap. 14,500) in Dublin, the UK’s Resorts World Arena (16,000) in Birmingham and Belgium’s Sportpalais (23,360) in Antwerp.