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Feid monitor engineer Carlos Dickson at his DMI-KLANG-equipped DiGiCo Quantum338.

Monitor Engineer Carlos Dickson Takes Feid To A New Level With KLANG

Popular Colombian reggaeton artist and his band are all plugged into a DMI-KLANG card loaded into a DiGiCo Quantum338 console on the current FERXXOCALIPSIS Tour 2024.

The ongoing FERXXOCALIPSIS Tour 2024 of the U.S. by popular Colombian reggaeton artist Feid joined by his band sees the in-ear monitors for all six musicians and vocalists plugged into KLANG immersive monitor mixing in the form of a DMI-KLANG card loaded into a Clair Global-supplied DiGiCo Quantum338 console for monitors.

It marks the first time the KLANG setup has been used by Feid, any of his band members, or Carlos “Carlitos” Dickson, the veteran monitor engineer on the tour. But now that they’ve experienced KLANG, “This is what monitor world looks like from now on,” Dickson says.

Dickson, a Latin Grammy-winning and multi-nominated engineer who has also worked with “Chyno” Miranda of the Latin Grammy-winning duo Chino y Nacho, Tony Succar, Sheila E, and others, says he, Feid, and the band all came to KLANG together. “In the beginning, I wasn’t using it that aggressively, so we all got used to it together at the same time,” he says, noting that KLANG is utilized in its full immersive-360 mode by everyone, including crewmembers and the channel he keeps reserved for guest artists. “It’s super simple to operate and you can easily get moving on it in no time.”

The DMI-KLANG module interfaces directly with the tour’s DiGiCo Quantum338 monitor console, which makes a significant difference operationally during shows since KLANG runs natively on the Quantum worksurface. “The console integration with DiGiCo means that I don’t have to use a separate computer for KLANG, like I’d had to with other consoles. It’s just a single, seamless mix for me. I’ve been using KLANG for three months now, and I have it in my monitor package for the whole tour through the end of the year when we finish.”

Dickson says the band appreciates the immersive aspect of the KLANG approach to monitors, which gives them not only a custom mix but also spatial accuracy, positioning other musicians in the monitors the way they’re positioned on stage. “I love having more space to put each element in its place,” he says.

He also points to KLANG as reducing ear fatigue for everyone, including himself. “The distinct separation of instruments and vocals allows volume levels to be kept much more under control, which is important because each show is over two hours long and we have up to four shows per week,” he explains. “Also, before KLANG, the band members would say that mixes sounded different from one day to the next. Well, the mix was exactly the same, but of course they can sound different in each different venue. KLANG changed all that. Everyone can now hear more consistently and clearly because they have their own space. KLANG helps in so many ways.”

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