Club Tour: The BoDeans

Jul 1, 2012 9:00 AM, Mix


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The BoDeans

As The BoDeans’ longtime live mixer, John Michaels, points out, not every band has the luxury of carrying full production: “We would like to be carrying more audio gear, but with 11 guys on a tour bus and the industry where it is right now, there’s just no money. For now I use a few of my own mics, including a Heil PR30 in combination with an SM57 on Kurt [Neumann]’s guitar amp. I use a Sennheiser 935 on Kurt’s vocal, but I recently tried out the Earthworks SR40V, which was amazing. We also carry an API Lunchbox with two Shadow Hills Mono Gama mic pre’s for Kurt’s guitar, an API 512 and a Shadow Hills Optograph compressor for his vocal and an Inward Connections Magnum mic pre. We bring the different mic pre’s that can be used for different rooms and consoles. You never know if you’ll want brighter or darker pre’s, and the Shadow Hills have the three different transformers, so they are very versatile.

“Some of our gear is custom-made. Dave Rapp of Raptor Chops in Denver designed a custom Leslie chop for this tour, and the guitar amps are all Fulton Webb customs made by Jesse Duke—Eric Johnson’s guy—in Austin. The way I approach our live mix is to use eight VCAs to control kick and snare, toms and overheads, bass mic and DI, all the keyboards and accordion, as well as Jake Owen’s electric and acoustic, the two mics on Kurt’s amp, the vocals, and a DDL fed through a ’verb. This gives me easy control for any surprise leads, breakdowns or big vocal endings.”

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