VDC Trading was called on recently to advise on, supply and manufacture all the cabling for two cutting edge concert rigs designed for rising stars Disclosure’s world tour. The rigs were designed around RME gear and included a considerable amount of MADI optical fibre assemblies.
Electronic music supremos Disclosure, consisting of brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence have been riding high since the success of their debut album, Settle, released on 3 June 2013 through PMR, which was nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Their new tour set up features a control pod and off stage rack (dual main/backup computers) for each musician. These rigs were then duplicated for a B rig, creating a volume of bespoke cabling needs. The rigs were designed, project managed and built by Alex Turner, who is now working under the auspices of his new company Gravity, the brainchild of Alex Turner and Matt Cox.
Alex explained the major contribution made by VDC Trading’s Adam Jafrabadi in helping complete the two rigs on time: “Adam was fantastic! He enabled us to go ahead at the speed we needed to, in spite of the fact that most of the cabling had to be manufactured. VDC made up AES panels for the digital audio through XLR, Many, many patch cables, jack to jack cables, Video cables HDMI and MADI to XLR cables. Because our communications were so good, the only mistakes made were mine,” He laughed.
Alex used a lot of equipment supplied by RME, a young German team of developers with a robust vision of creating innovative, user friendly, and high-quality digital audio solutions. Founded in 1996, RME have quickly established themselves as a premiere industry provider, expanding rapidly into mainstream international markets.
The RME equipment utilises a lot of MADI, the perfect solution for the transmission of many audio channels. The technical problems of the usual multicore cables are well-known: external diversification, ageing, high weight, bad handling etc. With MADI a single cable can carry up to 64 audio channels. Lossless – up to 2000 metres or even more.
Adam continued: “The fibre optic MADI assemblies were quite tricky, none of this was standard stuff, but the timing was always just right and we had no issues with any of the cabling. The quality and the durability of the Van Damme cable is fantastic as well as the service the company provides.”
The Disclosure tour continues in the Autumn with the band travelling to the US for a series of major appearances.