Nickelback Tour Profile

May 1, 2009 12:00 PM, By Sarah Benzuly


Education Guide

Mix is gearing up to present its longstanding annual Audio Education Guide in its November 2014 issue. Want to have your school listed in the directory, or do you need to update your current directory listing? Add an image, program description, or a logo to your listing! Get your school in the Mix Education Guide 2014.



Monitor engineer Mike Mule (Dashboard Confessional, Rush, Van Halen, Whitesnake) is currently out with Nickelback, spec'ing a DiGiCo SD7 board from Clair Global. “The SD7 is a natural progression for me, having worked on a D5,” he explains.

The engineer is handling more than 50 inputs coming off of the stage, including eight vocal channels, two drum kits, and various electric and acoustic channels. “With eight positions around the stage,” he says, “it was important to grab the main vocal dynamics, EQ and sends, and spread them to the other positions and be able to follow [lead vocalist] Chad Kroeger and [lead guitarist] Ryan Peake with their own distinct settings to any mic they walk up to. Also, allowing me to configure my console when needed is a big help with opening acts and when the ‘oh, by the way’ changes come. A case in point was with opening act Saving Abel, who started on wedges and then brought in an in-ear package. We were able to reconfigure the console and add all the new mixes and arrange them to the engineer's liking without losing any of his previous settings.

Engineer Mike Mule

Engineer Mike Mule

“I'm old-school in the fact that we try to get everything to sound good from the source and not have to overcompensate with EQ and dynamics,” he continues. “I use them when needed and try not to load every channel up with unnecessary ‘signal diminishers.’ That makes the amazing dynamics, such as comps and gates on this console, that much more unnoticeable. The EQ section is amazing: There's no plus-or-minus 18 going on, if you know what I mean.”

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



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.