All Access: LeAnn Rimes

Oct 1, 2003 12:00 PM, By Steve Jennings


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Mix caught up with LeAnn Rimes on her visit to Northern California's Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa, one of the first shows using LBC's new Meyer system, with 10 M2D Compact Curvilinear Arrays, four 650-P subs, UPM-1P loudspeakers, and front- and sidefills. The tour started stateside in July and moves onto Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii before returning to the U.S. to work on her upcoming Christmas album.

“At FOH, I have a 68-input Midas XL4 mixing console. I'm running about 38 outputs from my board and I store snapshots for every song,” says house mixer Steve Cochran. “I'm carrying my sweetest reverb choice — a dual-engine TC M5000 for vocals and a few instruments — and I want to thank George Massenburg for the M5000's GM Hall; it's my favorite reverb preset.” Other goodies in the house rack include a couple TC M2000s; an Eventide H4000; Yamaha D5000, SPX990 and SPX90; Anthony DeMaria stereo tube compressors on Rimes' voice; as well as 10 Aphex Expressors, BSS 901, Klark Teknik Helix and DN360 EQs and a Metric Halo SpectraFoo, a “great metering program,” according to Cochran.

According to monitor engineer Jon “JD” DuCrest, Rimes “owns everything we carry. The monitor console is a Ramsa SX1, with five stereo buses and 12 mono outs. On drums, we're using SM91 on kick, SM57 on the snare top, Beta 57A on the bottom, KSM-137s on hi-hat and ride, SM98s on toms and the KSM-32s for overheads.” The monitor rack includes a Tube-Tech CL1B inserted on Rimes' vocal, Drawmer 201s, BSS 402s, Aphex Dominators, a couple Lexicon PCM80s and a Sony R7 reverb. Rimes' in-ear molds are Future Sonics; the band use Shure E5s. DuCrest adds: “I use Shure's UA888 networking interface to scan and keep track of the wireless guitars and the vocal mics. My latest new toy is a WinRadio [PC-based wideband receiver] that I use to monitor the in-ear frequency scans.”

Rimes is using a prototype version of a Shure SM-86 wireless capsule. “The SM-86 capsule has sounded great onstage and at various television shows that we hit this summer. Shure mics are the one thing that LeAnn has used from the very beginning and we were one of the first groups to get the PSM 600 systems.”

All Access LeAnn Rimes bonus photos by Steve Jennings.

the country diva onstage

kicking back onstage

belting out a ballad

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