Coachella 2011

Jun 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

If you couldn’t jet down to Southern California for the annual Coachella festival, sitting in front of your computer may have been the next-best thing. During the three-day event, nearly 4 million views were recorded on the YouTube Coachella streaming page, which hosted three separate channels. ...

Mumford & Sons Tour Profile

Jun 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

With the exception of opening night, front-of-house engineers Chris Pollard (Mumford & Sons), Sckotch Ralston (Edward Sharpe) and Mark Richards (Old Crow Medicine Show) literally get off an old-timey train, set up FOH compound and start the show. No soundchecks. No line checks. Just 20 minutes between each act. For the 6-date Railroad Revival tour, these engineers are sharing a common board—an Avid Profile 48-channel—with scenes set for each of their bands. No outboard pieces are to be seen; the engineers rely on onboard effects—just one less thing to patch in with such a limited time frame. The majority of the gear—mics, wedges, etc.—is provided by Sound Image. ...

'White Noise' Musical

Jun 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

New musical White Noise follows a top-selling music producer who, according to the show’s producers, “stirs up an explosive cocktail of shock and spin with a touch of controversy to package talented artists into blockbuster stars.” Sound designer Garth Helm and associate designer/programmer Brian Hsieh have packed an amazing amount of technology into what Helm likes to call “the biggest little show ever.” ...

Local Crew: Sound Works Productions

May 11, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

A pair of young, daring entrepreneurs (Eric Lindholm, then 19, now 25; and Daniel Nickleski, then 17, now 23) found themselves vying for similar SR gigs. “Both of us had bands in which we ran and owned the P.A.,” Nickleski recalls. “At a young age, we both had a drive to work hard at doing what we love, but we quickly found out it is not easy to make it in the music industry....

Lady Gaga Tour Profile

May 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

Lady Gaga is an experience. The performer. The artist. The musician. The fashion icon. The brand. And when “Mama Monster” hits the stage, all her little monsters in the Oakland Arena (Oakland, Calif.) eagerly pumped their paws to the sky in time with her chart-topping hits such as “Telephone,” “Paparazzi” and “Poker Face.” In part evoking a dance club atmosphere while quieting down for softer moments where she tickles the ivories for “You and I,” the Lady Gaga Monster tour is part visual spectacle—replete with numerous costume changes, each more interesting than the previous—and part true musicianship of Gaga and her 12-piece band. ...

All Access: DEVO

May 1, 2011, Photos and Text By Steve Jennings

After rescheduling some shows, DEVO is back on the road in support of their new album, Something for Everybody, the band’s first studio release in 20 years. Songs such as “Fresh” and “Please Baby Please” have all the hooks, rhythms and beats of past classic DEVO hits. The band’s performance at San Francisco’s Warfield Theater was energetic and tight, covering the band’s hits and favorites. ...

Linkin Park Tour Profile

Apr 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

Linkin Park is a band that delivers—onstage, in the studio and just a few days post-gig. For the latter, front-of-house engineer Ken “Pooch” Van Druten and programming/playback engineer/keyboard tech Dylan Ely provide a fully mixed and mastered, pro-quality live album within two to three days after each performance. With a purchased ticket, each fan is offered a high-quality download of the live recording; distribution of the download is provided by Basecamp Productions. ...

Live: Flores Takes PM5D for a Spin

Mar 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

Completing his first leg of his North American tour in mid-November and back out early this year, Jason Derulo’s monitor engineer, Billy Flores, is mixing on a Yamaha PM5D. Clair Global supplied snake and mic package, stage boxes, power, and Sennheiser, Neumann and Shure RF systems. Derulo sings half the show on a Crown 311 head set mic into a Shure UR beltpack and receiver; for the other half of the show, he’s on a Shure UR SM87. “Everyone is on ears, including Jason,” says Flores. “The full band includes drums, guitar, key/bass and keys, as well as two background singers, and Jason sings on top of eight channels of Pro Tools [tracks], so I use about 40 channels of the PM5D when all is said and done. ...

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