All Access: Christina Perri

Jul 1, 2014 9:00 AM, Photos and Text By Steve Jennings

Head or Heart 2014 Tour

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Christina Perri

Christina Perri, on the road in support of her second studio album, Head or Heart, stopped by the famed Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco in early June. The big show is carrying relatively light production, with FOH and monitor consoles, along with snake and mics.

“For this tour I am mixing on an Avid SC48,” says production manager/FOH engineer Adam Jackson, who has been with Perri since her 2011 debut. “It is small and versatile and I really like taking advantage of snapshots; it helps keep your mix neat and tidy for each song. For plug-ins I use the Waves CLA- 2A compressor on all four of my vocals. I use the Crane Song Phoenix plug-in on Christina’s vocal, drums and my master output to give the mix some real life. I also use Waves RVerb, H-Delay and the SSL Compressor on various other instruments.

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“I use an Apogee Big Ben Master Clock to keep my console running stable and try my best to achieve the best depth and clarity I can,” he continues. “I also use a Boss RE-20 Space Echo pedal that sits on my console and is used for all long vocal delays. I love this pedal and it’s pretty darn close to the real thing without the maintenance. Plus, I can tap tempo! On a side note, I would like to personally thank Shure Inc. for all of their love.” Perri is endorsed by Shure for mics and wireless and JH-Audio for in-ears.

“I live by one guideline: Gain Structure,” Jackson says. “I start by EQ’ing the P.A. so it reacts the way I need it to, and then I shoot for clarity, not volume.

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Production manager/FOH engineer Adam Jackson

"We're using all in-house racks and stacks on this tour," Jackson notes. "For audio, we travel with consoles at both ends and a snake, plus all stage patching and microphones. I have no problem mixing on different rigs. I feel like it gives me a new goal to achieve. Some systems are obviously going to be better than others but you have to make the best of what you get every day. It's what keeps us on our toes!

"Regarding P.A. systems, my preference would be L-Acoustics V-DOSC. Clair i3 and i5 rigs with the dual 18-inch subwoofers are also a favorite. I’ve also gotten some really great mixes out of the JBL VerTec systems, which are popular these days.

"I have been with Christina since her very first tour in 2011 and it has been amazing to see her grow as an artist," Jackson concludes. "She and I have a tight relationship that allows us to work closely together to make sure our show is always sounding the best it can. Her ability to work on things like microphone technique over the years has really helped us craft this epic vocal sound we have come to know and love. On a side note, I would like to personally thank Shure Inc. for all of their love. They have been a huge supporter and a big reason we have been able to grow our sound and move our show in the right direction."






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