All Access: They Might Be Giants

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


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They Might Be Giants (John Linnell, vocals, keyboards; John Flansburgh, vocals, guitar; Marty Beller, drums; Danny Weinkauf, bass; Dan Miller, guitar) is still bringing it after more than 30 years. Mix caught them in mid-June, near the end of their North American tour, at The Warfield in San Francisco.

“I am mixing the band on a DiGico SD10,” says front-of-house mixer/ tour manager/production manager Scott Bozack. “I love the open architecture. With the new software you’re able to build your show in the layout section and now you can multichannel, along with copy to MIDI for recording, and you have the ability to gain share. We multitrack each show into Cubase SX6 with the UB MIDI, which allows us to do virtual soundcheck on those nights we have press obligations.”

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Scott Bozack

“We’re using all house P.A. systems on this tour,” he continues. “TMBG play a lot of different styles of venues and shows, so our needs are different every night. A normal hang for us, and preference, is eight to 16 boxes and four subs a side—either d&b, L-Acoustics or JBL VerTec. The band owns everything else, but we always rent a FOH console package and a Lake processor from SK Systems in Long Island. We have had a longtime relationship with them and they always deliver what we need.

“The majority of mics are Sennheiser—we’re endorsed. Lead vocal mics are: for John Linnell, a 945, and for John Flansburgh, a 935 wireless. He travels everywhere on the stage and so we need a super durable mic that can handle the abuse and be able to work when he is out front of the P.A. We use Ultimate Ears ranging from UE7s to 11s. With our Sennheiser endorsement we use a mixture of G2 and 3s for transmitter and receivers.” A Shure Wireless Workshop helps to find clear channels.

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