DiGiGrid setup was “a no-brainer” for busy freelancer Dave Weir’s Weirdog Studios…
Dave Weir has worked as a freelance professional audio engineer and educator for the last ten years. As a teacher, he draws upon wide experience of the industry to deliver audio courses at Oxygen College, a multi-disciplinary training organisation in Geelong West, Victoria, Australia, that specialises in the creative arts. His role as an educator dovetails neatly with a full spectrum of audio duties, from studio mixing to live sound engineering, including touring the length and breadth of the country with notable bands such as Thirsty Merc, Rival Fire and Teramaze. In addition to his work with bands on the road and in the studio, Dave also runs arena audio for the Australian Open Tennis tournament, controlling court audio feeds for broadcast, running music between points, and managing post-match interview audio.
“The key selling point of the DiGiGrid system for me was the onboard DSP system for Waves plugins. As I already own a Waves Mercury, I thought this was a no-brainer. My Mac Pro at the time used to struggle with large sessions, so adding this into my workflow was an absolute blessing. I now own a Mac Pro (2019) that has a huge amount of power, but still having the ability to offload the processing through the DSP just means my system stays strong, even when subjected to the toughest of sessions.”
Following a recent house move, Dave recently began the construction of a brand-new studio:
“My priority is to create a purpose-built mix studio – I’ll still have the ability to record overdubs and reamp etc, but it’s main focus will be for mixing. All that said, I’m also keen to run this as a live rig as well – I want to be able to utilise the amazing preamps and software to simultaneously record and mix live shows. Watch this space!”