Hilary Duff

Mar 1, 2004 12:00 PM, By Steve Jennings


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When Mix first spoke with Tom Fletcher, front-of-house engineer for young pop sensation Hilary Duff, he was just out with her for warmup dates. Now out in full swing with full production, we spoke again and he gave us the lowdown on her road gear.

“Of course, the Midas XL4 console has to be my favorite piece of gear; we use it at both FOH and monitors. The entire Clair Bros. P.A. system is an amazing piece. Our system consists of 16 Clair I4s, which is a curvilinear array as opposed to a line array. We also have eight T2 double-18 subs. These were originally designed by MD Systems, and in the past year have been modified and are now running off the Clair iO system.

“All mics are Audio-Technica. Hilary's is a wireless version of the [Artist Elite] AE6100: the ATW-T341 from the 3000 Series. I'm fortunate to be part of a strong team. James [Pugsley] McDurmet is an extremely talented stage and in-ear mixer — one of the best in the industry. The other audio crewmembers that make this all a success are system engineer Arepad Sayko, stage tech Dwayn Diaz, and newest member, Bob Reinkin.

“This could be a whole other article in itself, but for the most part, I'm a big fan of TC Electronic for reverbs, delays, chorusing and many other things. I also use dbx compressors and Drawmer gates. I keep it pretty simple as with most anything to do with audio, but the key to good sound is the source. And we have an excellent source: The band and Hilary are kickin.'”

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