All Access: Rush

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

Clockwork Angels Tour 2012


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Monitor engineer Brent Carpenter

Monitor engineer Brent Carpenter also works on an Avid Profile. “I use the input side of the board— preamps, gain, EQ, comps, gates, plug-ins, etc.—pretty much as an analog console. I very rarely use the software to change those parameters. I do, however, extensively use it to change output information—routing, aux sends, VCA assigns etc. There are over 300 snapshots for this show. Not much for a theater gig but quite a few for a rock show.”

He also makes extensive use of plug-ins, including McDSP MC2000, Analog Channel, Channel G and Channel G Compact, the 6030 Ultimate Comp and Classic EQ, Eventide Anthology II for reverbs and delays, Cranesong Phoenix, Digidesign Eleven, and Impact!

The band is on ears, with six channels of Shure PSM 1000 with Ultimate Ears UE-18 Pros.

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Keyboard tech Tony Geranios

Tony Geranios is Rush’s Keyboard Tech: “Onstage, Geddy uses three MIDI controllers: a Roland X7 and two Korg MPK 130 MIDI pedals. Alex has two MIDI controllers onstage: one Korg MPK 130 and a Roland JUNO DI. These five controllers are routed to my workstation off stage right. The gear I use consists of two racks with three MacBook Pros with solid-state HD, two Anatek Studio Merge, two MIDI Solutions M8, four Roland MKS 900 MIDI displays, two MOTU 828s and one Radial SW8 Audio Switcher. I run Ableton Live for sample playback. I also have a Moog Little Phatty to test and edit the patches and samples. During the show I monitor the samples and change the song patches.”

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