The SD11 has finally made its debut with front man Aaron Lewis and the band Staind. Clayton Hutson was able to take DiGiCo’s SD11 on the road to casinos and small arenas. All seats were sold-out stages ranging from churches, honky-tonks, 50,000 seat arenas, festivals, and 700-seat casinos. This tour featured Lewis in a stripped down version featuring his country album, Town Line.
Clayton Hutson is a long-time user of DiGiCo consoles. He has used almost every console that the company has came out with. He has used the SD7, SD8, and D5. The D5 was the first hand-built platform for Marilyn Manson ten years ago. Clayton Hutson was highly interested in getting the small SD11 for the Aaron Lewis outing. He ordered it as soon as it came out, and it arrived halfway through the tour.
For this expedition, Clayton Hutson was the Production Tour Manager and the FOH/Monitor engineer. The SD11 was very compact and easily stored away for the trip. At only 19 inches and audible sound, it was a perfect solution.
On show day, Hutson was able to get the console working within 15 minutes. Hutson did both monitors and FOH for the guitars of Ben Kitterman and Lewis’ vocals. Even though this tour was a smaller production, it still had some challenges. There is still demand for perfection on all sonic performance levels. What goes on onstage has to be tailored to what goes on in the house, you work with what you are given.
The SD11 is no different than other DiGiCo platforms. The EQ reacted the same as it would with the SD7. Clayton Hutson has found himself relying on DiGiCo for his professional career and sound qualities. The SD11 was truly impressive in its small package.
Since he was young, Clayton Hutson has been into music. After many years of dedicating his time to it, he has turned his passion into a career. He has worked with several celebrities including Guns N’ Roses, Kelly Clarkson, Garbage, and Pink. For his company, he is the production manager and live sound engineer. He and his team offer show producing, monitor engineering, logistics management, production designing, rigging, and stage management. They give onsite execution and budget friendly options, making it a one stop shop for event needs. Learn more: https://onmogul.com/claytonhutson