Less Than Jake

Nov 1, 2005 12:00 PM, By Dave Vann


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Getting some “fresh air” before hitting the studio for their next album, Less Than Jake is out on the road with front-of-house engineer Brett “Limo” Hopkins. Mix caught the show in late September at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall. “We're just picking up some small clubs,” Hopkins says, adding that once the album drops in January, there will be a full-scale tour. Hopkins, who has also been stage manager and monitor engineer for NOFX for the past 12 years, is excited to be working with Less Than Jake again.

FOH engineer Brett Hopkins
photo: Dave Vann

The tour is only carrying a mic package — no desk, no racks, no stacks. “It's a stripped-down, traditional setup,” Hopkins says. Instrumentation for the five-piece comprises drums, bass, guitar and a two-piece horn section. Miking the band is straightforward: Beta 98 on rack and floor, SM57s, Beyer M88 (kick) and Shure SM81s on overheads.

However, Hopkins did bring along a new toy: a wrist watch that allows him to store and save his mix via USB. “It's pretty cool and it was free,” Hopkins says. It was a gift from the folks at the Reading Festival [England, where NOFX played earlier this summer].”

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