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by Patrick Fordyce

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2015-12-15, Los Angeles – The Behringer X32 hit the road with music icon and former Ultravox frontman Midge Ure, along with a full complement of S16 stage boxes and splitters. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Midge Ure's platinum record, Breathe, so instead of performing solo he decided to take a full band out for the celebration.

Ure’s front of house engineer for more than two decades, Berenice Hardman has typically relied on analog setups for the solo shows. However, due to the need for more channels, effects returns on faders and maximum versatility on the tour, she naturally turned to the X32.

"I needed 16 channels plus effects returns, and I have to be particularly flexible with these shows as we are taking in such a variety of venues – from proper theatres to a tithe barn, would you believe," she smiles, adding; "All the gear has to go either in cars or a splitter… so I needed something small enough to squeeze into tight spaces. I'd already used a Behringer X32 last year, and thought it sounded great – plus it was easy to structure to the way I engineer. It's also very affordable, so it becomes an absolute no-brainer."

The same X32 setup was used for the live album, Breathe Again, Live and Extended, which was released worldwide through Oblivion/SPV.

For more information on the Award-winning X32 digital mixing consoles and S16 stage box, please visit behringer.com.