Mar 1, 2005 12:00 PM, Text and Photos by Steve Jennings


Education Guide

Mix is gearing up to present its longstanding annual Audio Education Guide in its November 2014 issue. Want to have your school listed in the directory, or do you need to update your current directory listing? Add an image, program description, or a logo to your listing! Get your school in the Mix Education Guide 2014.

Gomez treated a San Francisco audience to three nights at the Fillmore Auditorium, where Mix spoke with engineer Graham Pattison about his front-of-house setup. “Gomez is a six-piece band with three lead vocalists, each with dramatically different voices,” Pattison says. “My job is a balancing act: You feel what's working and who's on fire and just go with it. The sets vary drastically and the songs jump from gentle acoustic ballads to full-on beats and loops in no time at all.

FOH engineer Graham Pattison

“We're not carrying production in the U.S., but I have my little rack with a BSS 901 Mk1 multiband compressor that I put across the bass DI,” he continues. “It squashes the real low frequencies while leaving the upper frequencies untouched for a smooth, defined bass guitar. I love Alan Smart compressors, UREI 1178s and the totally overlooked Amek 9098 range: The EQ is crystal-clear and the compressor is amazing. I've recorded whole records though a couple of 9098 channel strips and compressors.

“I also travel with all of Line 6's Pro range [Echo Pro, Filter Pro, Mod Pro] and one-half of my studio guitar pedal rig. Mixing to me is a performance in itself. Based on a kind of Eno/Frippertronic idea, I can route any signal through the guitar pedals: Tech 21 for vocal distortion/drum fattening feeding a Boss DD3 delay and a Digitech Whammy, which goes through a Wasabi Delay. After that, my Moogerfooger gear [Phaser, Murf, Delay and ring modulator] comes in. The combination of the rack gear with the pedals creates some psychedelic washes that I can pan and phase to my heart's content. Mixing, to me, is a performance in itself. It's all about setting a scene or providing a backdrop to the poetic message of the song.”

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