All Access: Mumford & Sons

Jul 1, 2013 9:00 AM, Photos and Text By Steve Jennings


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.

photo of Mumford & Sons

From left: Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford, Ted Dwane, and Winston Marshall

Mix caught Mumford & Sons during a three-night, sold-out run at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, Calif., just prior to the announcement of bassist Ted Dwane’s surgery and the cancellation of dates on the Stampede Tour. Our thoughts are with him.


Mumford & Sons 2013 Tour Gallery

FOH engineer Chris Pollard, pictured at left, mixes on a Midas XL4, which he chose for its sound—the preamps, EQ and its wide dynamic range. “I used to mix the band on digital consoles,” he says, “but when the chance to switch over arose, I thought it could be a better choice for the sound of the band, and also a great chance to really learn the sound of all these compressors and FX that a lot of software is emulating. My setlist is programmed in as scenes, but that only allows for VCA, Aux, Mute and MIDI changes. I like the focus that brings to my mix.

photo of FOH engineer Chris Pollard, Jamie Howieson

FOH engineer Chris Pollard (left) and system tech Jamie Howieson

“I use a range of classic live sound compressors—the UA1176 for lead vocal, Summit DCL200s for secondary vocals, Distressors for guitars—but my favorites are the TubeTech multiband compressor and Alan Smart C2 limiter, which are inserted in stereo over the main mix. For lead vocal I use the MMC1A multiband compressor in line with a UA1176N. Toward the end of the show, Ben, Marcus, Ted and Winston gather around a Shure KSM 44 set to figure-8. The horn section is using Shure KSM313s, ribbon microphones, a new addition. Very smooth-sounding microphone, very natural.”

“For the Greek shows Solotech provided an L-Acoustics rig with eight K1s per side for main hang, eight SB 2B subwoofers per side stacked, 12 KARA front fills stacked and two ARCs for outfills,” adds system tech Jamie Howieson, pictured right. “The system is powered by LA 8 Power amps with LA Network Manager control. It changes a bit for shed or arena shows.”

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.