Jan 1, 2004 12:00 PM, 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.

New York City-based Interpol will remind most post-punk junkies of Joy Division or The Chameleons. Touring under their first release, Turn on the Bright Lights, Interpol is garnering increasing attention. Mix caught up with front-of-house engineer Harley when they swung through Northern California.

“For this tour, we are not carrying production. I am renting locally for each show,” Harley says. “As a result, I've used a wide selection of boxes from all the major manufacturers. I spec a Midas Heritage 3000, but find myself splitting my time between that and the Yamaha PM4000. Being on a different desk and boxes every night has been a double-edged sword. Being flexible and knowing how to adapt to a changing situation every night has made this job both a challenge and a pleasure. They each know what they want their instrument to sound like. There is very little corrective EQ used on the desk. Generally, just the highpass filter and a small tweak here and there. They generally give me what I need and let me run with it.”

Harley is carrying three compressors from FMR Audio, using two of them in stereo — one for the L/R keyboard channels and the other on a subgroup with guitars — and the third on lead vocalist/guitarist Paul Banks' vocal. Also in his rig are two Behringer AutoCom compressors used on bass DI, mic and two channels of backing vocals; a Yamaha SPX900; and a Roland SDE 1000. As for his microphone selection, Harley employs a Shure SM58 for Daniel Kessler and Sam Fogarino's backing vocals. Lead vocals are miked with an Audix OM5, while drums receive a Shure SM91 and Beyer M88 (kick), SM57 (snare top/bottom), SM81 (hi-hat), Audix Micro-D (rack/floor). For guitars, each is miked with a CAD M37, while bass receives a Sennheiser 421 or a Beyer M88.

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