Start At the Source | Miking Vocals Onstage

Jul 1, 2011, By Eddie Mapp

Reproducing the human voice in a concert situation can range from extremely easy (throw up the fader and go) to quite complex, depending on a number of situations surrounding the vocal. Are you mixing a soft-spoken singer, an aggressive rock group with multiple lead vocalists, or a pop artist whose crowd comprises 20,000 young teenage girls screaming at SPL levels higher than anything you’d ever want to compete with mixing-wise? In all of these environments, getting the vocal out there and on top is key to your mix. ...

FixIt: Neon Trees Monitor Engineer Mike Bangs

Jul 1, 2011

We are sharing preamps between monitors and FOH and doing a digital split from the monitor console’s [Allen & Heath] iDR-32, so our FOH snake is just one Cat-5 cable. The second iDR-32 MixRack is currently being used for the FOH console’s DSP. That will change when we start headlining on our next tour. We will go with more stereo instruments for Neon Trees, and we will use the second iDR-32 to handle support band inputs without having to unpatch anything. Since the iDR-32 is basically the brains of the console, it’s all I need for a fly date. ...

Sound Media Brings in Turbosound

Jun 28, 2011

Full-service sound and lighting company Sound Media (Hollywood, Fla.) has selected the Turbosound Flex Array as its flagship loudspeaker system. ...

Alcons Audio Opens U.S. Office

Jun 28, 2011

Dutch loudspeaker manufacturer Alcons Audio has formed Alcons Audio USA, which will be headed by David Rahn, most recently national sales manager at Renkus Heinz, and Pauline Ortiz y Pino, business development specialist, and will be based in Dana Point, Calif. ...

Coachella 2011

Jun 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

If you couldn’t jet down to Southern California for the annual Coachella festival, sitting in front of your computer may have been the next-best thing. During the three-day event, nearly 4 million views were recorded on the YouTube Coachella streaming page, which hosted three separate channels. ...

FixIt: Cage the Elephant Monitor Engineer Jay Rigby

Jun 1, 2011

All of the guys have wedges in front of them, but the guys who wear ears use them for kick drum and that kind of thing. I like having them on individual controls [on the DiGiCo SD8] so when I’m switching between the two, it’s not blasting out of the wedges. Funny thing, too, but the guys have noticed! At rehearsals in Nashville, the first time I mixed the band on the SD8—the first day, right off the bat—the one guitar player looked over to me, and said, “Something’s different.”...

Live: London Bridge Amps It Up

Jun 1, 2011

New London live music venue Under the Bridge installed a record number of 66 QSC PL3 amplifiers (23 PL380, 31 PL340 and 12 PL325) and a custom-engineered EAW P.A. for its 600-capacity space. Under the Bridge’s new interior was created by Jim Cafarelli of House of Blues fame, while turnkey technology design and installation was submitted by XL Video’s Ian Woodall and Andrew Frengley of Matrix 9. ...

Get It Live Over the Web

May 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

True, many mid-level bands find themselves on 200-plus-dates-a-year tours, finding that ticket sales and merch provide the majority of their income. But with ever-increasing ticket prices—not to mention the soaring cost of fuel—is this traditional touring model really able to keep the cash flow coming in? Factor in that an artist just can’t hit all of the spots across the map on their tour; it’s just not feasible. So why not tackle both issues with one fell swoop—stream your concert, online, in high-resolution audio and video to a much larger, global audience. ...

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