Charlie Hunter

Aug 1, 2003 12:00 PM


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FOH engineer/tour manager Steve Lary has worked on several of Charlie Hunter's tours. Over time, Hunter has morphed his ensemble from a simple duo to a trio and back to the original quintet. For the current tour, Lary and the crew are renting the majority of their equipment. “My console can be a Mackie 12-channel all the way up to a Midas XL200,” Lary says.

“I'm fairly new to the jazz world,” he continues. “The first thing I learned is that the ambient drum kit sound is where it's at. So the first thing I wanted was a couple of large-diaphragm overheads to get that sound. For the money, the Audio-Technica 40 Series was the way I wanted to go. I have a [Beyerdynamic] M88 on the kick, a Shure 57 on snare and the A-T 4033s for overheads. Then, for guitar I use a [Sennheiser] MD 409, and everything else is whatever the house provides.”

At each stop, Lary scours the available outboard processors for a handful of essential elements. For effects, his choices included Yamaha SPX-990s and selections from TC Electronic. “I run everything very dry,” Lary says. “Charlie rarely even uses a monitor mix for himself. He's got two amps that give him his sound, and the band sets up extremely close. The audience can hear the banter onstage. It gives it a very intimate feel.”

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