Huston Likes DiGiCO

Clay Huston, veteran DiGiCo user, has dedicated himself to a variety of tasks in engineering, production, and tour manager. He initially discovered the SD rack-mountable system through his reading, and became immediately excited about getting one as soon as he could.

From an SD7, used last year during Maxwell’s tour, to a handful of SD8’s for quick gigs, Huston has driven pretty much every DiGoCo console available.

Touring with Marilyn Manson, Huston explains, he had one of the original, hand-crafted D5’s, some ten years ago. Keeping in mind the wild and unpredictable behavior of Manson, Huston had some concerns that the console might be damaged in the process. But DiGiCo, he claims, had his back. The support he received has since become mutual, with both parties reaping the benefits.

Due to the expense of consoles, Huston demanded that he be able to carry his own with him. While he wanted to be able to manage the sound quality of effectiveness, his choices were quite limited. What he needed was a more compact set-up that he could easily store on tour buses, or, when flying, check as baggage before boarding the aircraft.

The smallest offering, at 19 inches, was the best choice for him. The small SD11 unit, DiGiCo’s most compact, offered all the same features and usability that he’d become accustomed to in his career. Last, but certainly not least, the 19” SD 11 was both lightweight and inexpensive. Learn more:


Because of his success with DiGiCo, he was intrigued by the SD11, and requested funding so that he could get one of his own. This happened, he says, while on tour. He got the necessary money and was pleased to receive the unit in the mail soon thereafter.

He opened the package and found that the new unit worked immediately. In less than twenty minutes, he had it set up, reconfigured, with all of the inputs and outputs set.

Hutson is now eager to face the challenge of doing both FOH and Monitors for a stripped-down performance by Lewis, concentrating the most on Lewis’ guitars and vocals. And even though the tour accounts for only a slight amount of his general workload in music production, keeping the performance simple was still a somewhat daunting, but exciting, task.