Coachella 2013

Jun 1, 2013 9:00 AM, Mix, Text by Matt Gallagher // Photos by Dave Vann

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Dropkick Murphys lead singer Al Barr and the band brought their high-energy American Celtic punk rock to the Coachella stage on Saturday, April 13.

Dropkick Murphys lead singer Al Barr and the band brought their high-energy American Celtic punk rock to the Coachella stage on Saturday, April 13.

Andrew Crow

Andrew Crow

“Mixing a large festival like Coachella is about attention to detail,” says Dropkick Murphys FOH engineer Andrew Crow, noting that Scorpio Sound of Boston provides the band’s audio control groups and monitor package. “The only adjustments I make before the show are rerouting outputs to match what the system needs and matching the output of the desk to the input of the P.A., and making sure unity is unity and that there is nothing awkward happening between our gear and theirs. Around 33 of our 38 inputs are all ‘midrange’ instruments. The band always wants to maintain that punk rock feel with punchy drums and loud guitars, which leaves me a smaller spectrum to fit all the accessory inputs we have. I try to balance out those accessory instruments—banjo, accordion, piano, mandolin, acoustic guitars, and more—first and EQ in as much space I can per channel and get rid of any overtones or harmonics from the room or P.A. depending on the scenario we are in. Those inputs are what the fans expect to hear.”

New Order included a tribute to Joy Division in the Mojave tent on Saturday, April 13.

New Order included a tribute to Joy Division in the Mojave tent on Saturday, April 13.

Dian Barton

Dian Barton

New Order FOH engineer Dian Barton says, “I used the festival desk at FOH, which was a 48-channel [Avid] Profile going into a Midas XL88 Matrix mixer where each element of the sound can be individually controlled. I also use some outboard equipment provided by Rat Sound: a BSS 31-band graphic EQ inserted over Left and Right main outputs, an SPX 990, and a TC [Electronic] D2 Digital Delay both for vocal effects. The Profile is one of the standard desks at festivals all over the world so I have a file for it and know my way around it very well. I believe a good sound is achieved by constantly checking and adjusting EQ to get the maximum out of the P.A. The coverage all over the tent was consistent, which is important at a festival because you don’t get much chance to walk about during the performance.”






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