Phish Tour Profile

Oct 1, 2011, By Joanne Zola

If you’re going to change things up, you might as well go all out. For legendary jam-band Phish’s summer tour, not only is front-of-house engineer Garry Brown manning a new console, but his mixes are heard through a new P.A. provided by a change in sound company providers—Clair Global. Mix caught up with the tour-de-force at their three-day SuperBall IX festival in Watkins Glen, N.Y., over the Fourth of July weekend. ...

All Access: Kid Rock

Sep 1, 2011, Photos and Text By Steve Jennings

Kid Rock may have stormed onto the music scene in the late ’90s as a rapper with a Southern edge, but during the intervening years, he’s added rock, country, gospel and many other nuances to his performance. Touring in support of his latest, Born Free, Kid Rock (with a couple of songs with Sheryl Crow) rocked the house at the Sleep Train Amphitheater (Wheatland, Calif.), where Mix caught up with the Sound Image–provided tour. ...

Sir Paul McCartney Tour Profile

Sep 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

For the past 22 years, front-of-house engineer Paul “Pab” Boothroyd has had the best seat in the house for Sir Paul McCartney’s world tours. Granted, he has to work while the rest of the world gets to sit back or bop along, but he wouldn’t change chairs with anyone. It’s too good a show to miss. Mix caught up with the tour in mid-July at Yankee Stadium—McCartney’s return to New York City—to kick off his new On the Run tour, which spotlights hits from his near-50-year career. ...

Pink Martini Tour Profile

Sep 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

Mixing for a 12-piece band can be challenging in itself—especially one that smoothly transitions from Cuban jazz to classical chamber music—but when Pink Martini throws in a full symphony orchestra, front-of-house engineer Pete Plympton’s board becomes quite full. Fortunately, Plympton isn’t about to break a sweat, having been one of the studio engineers on the band’s first album back in 1997 and having done their live sound ever since. Mix caught up with the crew at a July performance at San Francisco Davies Symphony Hall with the San Francisco Symphony. ...

Outside Lands 2011 Show Report

Aug 22, 2011, By guest reporter Andrew Mitchell

Strolling into Golden Gate Park, you could feel the cool ocean breeze and smell the delectable tidbits of California's bountiful harvest. Outside Lands is a very special festival, featuring wine, local food, arts and, of course, music. Attending the festival a few years ago when it was just developing was great, but it has truly become something special. This year's festival featured a bike valet, solar-powered eco-village/stage and circus tents, as well as many other unique touches. ...

Sound for Jazzfest 2011

Aug 2, 2011

The 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, also known as Jazzfest, recently wrapped up another successful run with 12 stages cranking out music for an estimated 400,000 fans. Chris Brown, whose company, New Orleans–based SOUNd CHeK, handled sound for the Fais Do Do stage. Two APB-DynaSonics Spectra Ti consoles, one for FOH and one for monitors, were brought into service, with Mike Montero handling the FOH board and Brown taking on monitors....

Iron & Wine Tour Profile

Aug 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

When Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam put together a big band for their current tour, he needed someone to mix the new arrangements. As front-of-house engineer Jeremy Lemos knew most everyone in the band, bringing him onboard was a no-brainer. With 11 bandmembers onstage, it was imperative to bring along their own monitor package as most of their stops—ranging from Chicago’s Millennium Park for 15,000 people to a beat-up rock club—couldn’t accommodate that many monitor mixes; monitor engineer Tim Iseler is manning an Avid SC48. The tour also has a full Shure mic package, with Lemos saying it’s the only way he can tame so many variables in different club P.A.s and mixers every night. ...

Al-Tee, Jay Sean on the Yamaha Train

Aug 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

Currently out with Jay Sean, FOH engineer Al-Tee is mixing on a Yamaha PM5D, noting that it’s a board he can easily find no matter what venue he finds himself in. “The console’s dynamic performance helps [Sean] keep the rhythm pumping on the stage. Jay and I flew into India for a show with no time to do a soundcheck, and I was able to load my scenes into the console and make some EQ changes, and off we went. I was mixing monitors and front of house from the same mixer.” ...

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