The substantial recording element of all live Who shows includes a multi-track record for the archives, and a two track recording for selling over the internet. Other recording formats also include DAT, CDR and mini disk – the latter being for Ramsay’s own reference. Ramsay used an XL88 Matrix Mixer to route all the different recording inputs.
Effects wise it’s relatively straightforward. He uses staples like an Eventide H3000 on Roger’s voice, a Lexicon PCM 91 for reverb and a TC D2 digital delay, also on his vocal, and it’s compressed with an Avalon VT 737.
He uses a whole channel strip of the VT737 for band parametric EQ and compression. He uses a TC M2000 stereo effects processor on the drums – one side on the snare and the other on the toms, and 8 channels of gates on the kit.
Entec supplied Avalon AD2044 stereo valve compressors which are used for Daltry and Townsend’s acoustic guitars. There’s also 6 channels of dbx 160s.
Entec also supplied a full selection of mics – Daltry and Townshend both use Shure SM58s – Daltry’s heavily custom gaffer-taped to withstand his trademark cord-whirling mic-acrobatics!
The FOH was looked after by Entec’s Richie Gibson, while Simon Higgs assisted Bob Pridden on monitors.
The monitor system featured 12 Entec APW wedges, four stacks of d&b C7 for side and rear fills, plus three d&b E3s and an E12 sub for the keyboard set up. Drummer Zak had 4 separate Thumper/shaker devices attached to his drum seat plus a C7 sub to ensure true seismic effects in the region. The others all used a mix of wedges and IEMs.
The monitor system features a high spec of effects & inserts. A pair of Rev 7’s & one Rev 5, a PCM60 & PCM70 make up the reverbs. Six channels of dbx RM160, a dbx 166XL and a pair of TLA100’s for the acoustic guitars completes the compressor department, and Drawmer gates over the drums take care of the processing.
The Who’s ongoing touring schedule includes Japan, Australia, Hawaii and then back to the US later in the summer.