Lou Reed

Aug 1, 2003 12:00 PM, by Robert Hanson


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Touring in support of his latest releases, The Raven and NYC Man: The Collection, Lou Reed pulled into San Francisco's Warfield theater in June. The set choices ranged from deconstructed versions of his late-'70s classics to the synth- and sample-inspired works of his more recent LPs. Reed was joined by Mike Rathke (who played various instruments), cellist Jane Scarpantoni, bassist Fernando Saunders and vocalist Antony Hegarty.

FOH engineer Frank Golchert mixes 24 inputs from a Yamaha DM2000 console. For vocal and guitar channels, Golchert employs six Avalon VT-737 preamps, which he uses for compression and EQ, as well. The only effects he uses are occasional reverbs and delays, which he accesses from the DM2000's internal effects unit. The crew uses the house P.A. at each venue.

“It's nice to have a digital board because you can do very specific alignments to bring instruments and microphones into phase,” says Golchert. “We normally run the electric bass through an Avalon DI and then through another Avalon DI, and we mike the amp, as well. You can make a very good time adjustment between the DI signal and the signal from the microphone. You can hardly do that on an analog board.”

Monitor engineer Dan Monaghan mixes a complement of standard wedge monitors from a Midas XL-250 console. Monaghan's stage inputs include a stereo pair from a Yamaha 01V digital mixer handling a submix of Rathke's array of synths and other instruments. All of the guitar signals are taken with a combination of Avalon DIs, Beyerdynamic M88s and Audio-Technica AT4050s. The traditional electric and Kydd upright electric basses are both taken DI and miked with an M88. Additional stage inputs include an Access Virus C synth and a Roland SPD-20 percussion pad. Monaghan's outboard gear comprises BSS FCS-960 EQs and a selection of dbx compressors.

“It's quite an eclectic mix of instruments,” says Monaghan. “We have a cello onstage. The bass player also plays the Kydd bass and guitar, and he also plays the drum pads. The stage-right guitar also plays some synth guitar. There are multiple level changes in any given song. It's a very complicated show, considering the sparse number of musicians.”

The stage monitors consist of D&B Audiotechnik M2 dual 12-inch enclosures driven by D&B amps. All of the vocal mics are Neumann KSM 105s.

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