BOWIE GOES DIGITAL, 2002

The penultimate concert tour of David Bowie’s live career, the 36-date Heathen tour of 2002 marked Entec’s entry into digital audio. Kicking off on June 29th at London’s Royal Festival Hall as part of the Bowie-curated Meltdown festival, the tour saw the maverick artist perform his ground-breaking album Low in its entirety for the first time, with the aid of a specially-purchased Yamaha PM1D console used by FOH engineer Pablo Wheeler.

Prior to the opening summer leg of the tour, Bowie’s production manager Nick Belshaw was looking for a rental company to supply the engineer’s favoured desk, and contacted Entec’s head of sound Dick Hayes who saw this as an opportune moment for Entec to take the digital plunge.

“Nick explained that the show Bowie was taking around Europe was quite complex, with 56 mic lines and a further 24 line inputs,” Dick explains, “so Pablo asked Nick to secure him a Yamaha PM1D.

The penultimate concert tour of David Bowie’s live career, the 36-date Heathen tour of 2002 marked Entec’s entry into digital audio. Kicking off on June 29th at London’s Royal Festival Hall as part of the Bowie-curated Meltdown festival, the tour saw the maverick artist perform his ground-breaking album Low in its entirety for the first time, with the aid of a specially-purchased Yamaha PM1D console used by FOH engineer Pablo Wheeler.

Prior to the opening summer leg of the tour, Bowie’s production manager Nick Belshaw was looking for a rental company to supply the engineer’s favoured desk, and contacted Entec’s head of sound Dick Hayes who saw this as an opportune moment for Entec to take the digital plunge.

“Nick explained that the show Bowie was taking around Europe was quite complex, with 56 mic lines and a further 24 line inputs,” Dick explains, “so Pablo asked Nick to secure him a Yamaha PM1D.

David Bowie’s Heathen tour, 2002