All Access: Soundgarden

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

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From left: Chris Cornell, vocals and guitar; Kim Thayil, guitar; Ben Shepherd, bass; and Matt Cameron, drums

In the midst of their ongoing intimate-theater tour supporting their King Animal release, Soundgarden stopped by in early March for two sold-out nights at the Fox Theater in Oakland, Calif. Full monitor and front-of-house control systems were provided by Rat Sound; local venues supplied the P.A. system.

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FOH engineer Ted Keedick, at right, with system tech Jason Brandt at the Avid Venue Profile System. “The footprint is small, navigation is simple and I really like its seamless integration with Waves plug-ins and Pro Tools,” Keedick says. “I use the onboard DigiRack Mod Delay 2 for most of my vocal delays, and ReVibe for drums and some vocal reverbs, if needed. As for Waves, I use the RCompressor, Renaissance Axx and the C4 is great! It can really help shape and control whatever you use it on. The only outboard gear we were carrying was a Dolby Lake Processor for system EQ and alignment. “The two-plus hour set list is different each and every night, and there is a lot of power coming from that stage!” he continues. “I just keep my ears open and my hands on the desk, pay close attention to my cues, and make sure we are hearing everything that’s being played and all that is sung.”

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FOH engineer Ted Keedick, at right, with system tech Jason Brandt

Monitor engineer Martin Strayer, pictured at right with system tech Casey McDaniel of Rat Sound, also mixes on an Avid Profile and says he tries to limit his plug-in use, though he mentions using a Bomb Factory plug-in on Chris Cornell’s vocal as well as a long delay. The band carries the d&B audiotechnik wedges, too.

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Monitor engineer Martin Strayer pictured at right with system tech Casey McDaniel

“We’re using a Telefunken M80 for Chris’ vocal mic,” Strayer says. “It’s got the best rejection and sounds great! I have been doing this a long time, and I can truly say this is the best bunch of guys I’ve ever worked with. Tapping out Chris’ long vocal delays, and blending them in his ears… super fun. I’ve never enjoyed mixing so much.”






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