The improvement in quality and character was immediately noticeable when he implemented the new monitor setup, Gueness reports. “The band all said, ‘Wow, this sounds really good.’ And I can now hear things in the set that I’ve heard before but that weren’t that apparent. It’s so subtle, too, and nice and easy on the ears. There’s nothing abrasive. None of the processing on the Fusion is aggressive.” But while it may be subtle, he says, it’s very effective — and essential: “If you take it away, you have to put it back.”
The band are sending 64 inputs to front-of-house and monitors, Gueness says. He adds a handful of extra inputs then generates nearly two dozen outputs to the band, technical crew, video, automation and other destinations. “Some of the output side is the most complicated, getting certain things to video and lighting,” he says. “It’s very specific, so I have to tailor my outputs for that.”
The only thing wrong with the three Fusion processors he has out on tour is that he would ideally like to have four, Gueness says: “If I could just have one more!”
Beginning in September, Rüfüs Du Sol will play a series of U.S. festival dates, including Bonnaroo, Governor's Ball, Austin City Limits and Outside Lands. Then, in November, they embark on a North American Fall tour that includes two more shows at Red Rocks and stops in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Houston.