All Access: Mutemath

Mar 1, 2012 9:00 AM, Photos and Text By Steve Jennings


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Mutemath lead singer/keyboardist Paul Meany

Mutemath, touring behind their latest release, Odd Soul, played San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom, a neoclassical former dance hall that was built in 1909.

Scott Cannon, Mutemath’s front-of-house engineer, is currently mixing on an Avid D-Show Profile. He also brings along a Pro Tools rig to record every show. “We’re able to replicate a lot of what they accomplished on the record by using the same, or similar, plug-ins,” Cannon says.

Cannon mainly uses the plug-in bundles on the Avid console, including Joemeek EQs and compression on snare and toms, combined with the Bomb Factory compressors. “I am also using the LoFi plug-in for a little distortion on the snare, which we found has helped to emulate some of the recording techniques they experimented with on this last record,” Cannon says. “I use the SansAmp plug-in on one of our bass lines and some Pultec plug-ins as well. We turned to the Moogerfooger analog delay for some of the synth-bass parts that Roy [Mitchell] plays on a Voyager.”


Mutemath 2012 Tour Gallery

For the lead vocal, both Nate [Dreger, monitor mixer] and I use a chain of Crane Song Phoenix, Smack, and LoFi plug-ins to work toward emulating the Focusrite vocal pre that was used on the last record and that we carried last fall.”

Nate Lampa, Mutemath’s stage manager and backline tech, runs Meany’s main keyboard—a Hammond CV organ—through Leslie 122RV. The high horn is stereo-miked with two Shure Beta 56s, and there’s one Beta 52 on the low horn. Meany also uses an Arturia 49 MIDI controller that triggers sounds from the Nord keyboard that is at stage right.

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Mutemath's front-of-house engineer, Scott Cannon

Drum mics on Darren King’s kit include a Shure B91/B52 combo on kick, B56s on top and bottom snare as well as on both toms, and KSM137s on hat and ride. All mics, apart from those on kick, are fixed to the drums with Shure A56D mounts.

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