Sarah McLachlah

Sep 1, 2004 12:00 PM, by Steve Jennings

Polls


Mix Regional

The Mix Regional section for Mix's September 2014 issue focuses on Miami. Send us your studio news: updates, sessions, new rooms, plus club performances and installations. Let the Mix audience know what is going on! Send photos and descriptions to mixeditorial@nbmedia.com.

Since appearing on the music scene in 1988, singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan has won the hearts of legions of devoted fans. This time around, McLachlan is out in support of this year's release of Afterglow with a seven-piece band. Mix caught up with the artist's front-of-house and monitor engineers at the new Glendale Arena in Glendale, Ariz.

Front-of-house engineer Gary Stokes mixes on a Midas XL4 and uses the board's direct outs for record feeds and automates effect sends, mutes and routing via two or three scenes per song. The desk also drives snapshots on a Yamaha DM1000 providing extra effects returns. “I even use a couple of the Yamaha's internal effects,” Stokes says.

The house system is a Meyer MILO line array provided by Toronto's Sound Art. Describing the hang, Stokes says, “There are 16 MILOs in each left and right hang, plus two new 120-degree MILO downfills underneath and two more downfills under each of the eight MILO sides, 90 degrees to the mains. The new UP-J powered cabinets provide primary fills — they have a nice small profile and great sound — and eight Meyer M1Ds handle extreme near-field applications and some hard-to-reach spots. I've always been a Meyer fan, but this system seems to set a new standard for ease of use and quick setups.

“Our system engineer, Gord Reddy, uses SIA SMAART extensively and has a remote tablet to control the system, driving XTA processors while listening to SMAART from anywhere the audience could go — and a few other places, as well.

“My main concern is getting across Sarah's emotion — the dynamic and dramatic mood she creates — and the bond her fans can feel.” To do this, Stokes relies on an XTA D2 dynamic EQ for McLachlan's vocals. “It's cleaner than other devices I've used, and with one set of controls for two channels, I know both of her principal microphones always have the same setting.”

A deeper look into Stoke's outboard closet reveals compressors such as Crane Song Trakker, Focusrite Session Pack, dbx 160S and BSS Audio DPR-404 and DPR-944. “I can't get enough of the dynamic EQ,” Stokes says. “I am also using the new TC EQ Station as a left/right insert — another dynamic EQ! I have a Rane RPM88 as a multipurpose insert doing some group delay and delaying my near-field monitors and headphone bus back in time with the P.A. An Apogee Big Ben clocks all of the effects and the DM1000 at 96 kHz to take the digital stuff a little closer to the nice analog world of the XL4.”

Monitor engineer David Pallett works on a Yamaha PM1D. His rack includes 12 Sennheiser EW300 in-ear monitor transmitters, 10 Furman SP20 headphone amps for wired in-ear mixes, a Sennheiser EM 3032 dual-wireless mic receiver, Apogee Big Ben word clock for the PM1D and two True Systems Precision 8 8-channel mic pre's and a P2 analog 2-channel mic pre. “I recently added a Professional Wireless Systems GX4 antenna combiner/amplifier and helical antenna, which really helps keep the four onstage wireless mixes clean.

“Sarah is using Sensaphonics Soft 2X molds for in-ears,” Pallett continues. “I primarily use the onboard compressors and gates on the PM1D. The only external device I have is a Focusrite ISA 220 Session Pack through which I route all of Sarah's vocal mics. The rest of the band uses Audix VX10s for vocals.”






Acceptable Use Policy
blog comments powered by Disqus

Mix Books

Modern Recording and Mixing

This 2-DVD set will show you how the best in the music industry set up a studio to make world-class records. Regardless of what gear you are using, the information you'll find here will allow you to take advantage of decades of expert knowledge. Order now $39.95

Mastering Cubase 4

Electronic Musician magazine and Thomson Course Technology PTR have joined forces again to create the second volume in their Personal Studio Series, Mastering Steinberg's Cubase(tm). Edited and produced by the staff of Electronic Musician, this special issue is not only a must-read for users of Cubase(tm) software, but it also delivers essential information for anyone recording/producing music in a personal-studio. Order now $12.95

Newsletters

MixLine

Delivered straight to your inbox every other week, MixLine takes you straight into the studio, with new product announcements, industry news, upcoming events, recent recording/post projects and much more. Click here to read the latest edition; sign up here.

MixLine Live

Delivered straight to your inbox every other week, MixLine Live takes you on the road with today's hottest tours, new sound reinforcement professional products, recent installs, industry news and much more. Click here to read the latest edition; sign up here.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

The Wire, a virtual press conference offering postings of the latest gear and music news, direct from the source. Visit the The Wire for the latest press postings.