By PSW Staff • August 2, 2018 Front of house Engineer Mark Kennedy with the SSL L500 live console Front of house Engineer Mark Kennedy has been out on the road with Solid State Logic once more, this time for former Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant. Kennedy has selected an SSL L500 live console, supplied by Solotech and Britannia Row Productions. The current Robert Plant tour, according to Kennedy, has an ‘organic’ approach that works well. It is by no means a silent stage, with 15 monitor wedges plus sidefills in use, and in-ear-monitoring has been put aside. “It’s a very real show,” says Kennedy. “There’s no playback, and quite a few acoustic instruments: Banjos, mandolins, acoustic guitars… And almost everybody sings.” His approach to the console and mixing the show has been back-to-basics: “I turn everything off and start with a blank slate – the simplest set-up I can create. Then as I need to I turn features on… Apart from the normal channel processing, I use the SSL’s Bus compressor, reverbs, delays, the VHD Saturator, and the 31-band graphic EQ from the FX rack.” Before this tour, Kennedy had used an SSL live console on the Faithless 20th Anniversary tour: “Since I have been using the SSL, a lot has changed… There have been a lot of small updates that have made it easier to use. The input and output routing, for example, has improved a lot. It has got better and better since I first used it… But the main thing has, of course, always been the sound. The clarity and the dynamic range is amazing.” Solid State Logic Tagged with: Concerts Robert Plant Solid State Logic SSL L500 Tours · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound. Subscribe Today!