All Access: They Might Be Giants

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


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Jon Carter

“I mix TMBG on a Yamaha M7CL and got the band to purchase this one,” says monitor engineer Jon Carter. “The sends on faders makes it quick to make adjustments on the fly. The small footprint fits in some of the more challenging venues. We just started this year using the Midas XL-42 mic preamp with the Distressors for The Johns’ vocals; it really smooths out the monitor mixes.”

John Flansburgh’s amp is an original Matchless HC 30 head and a Xits (custom) 2-12 cabinet. “We use an SM57 off the axis of the cone to balance out the 3k that is prevalent in the mic,” monitor engineer Carter explains. “Both Flans and Dan Miller use JDI SGI line drivers to help balance out their signals, then run through Sennheiser G2 wireless systems.” Flansburgh’s footpedal gear includes the Radial SGI TX and SGI RX, Boss Noise Suppressor NS-2, Electro-Harmonix micro POG, MXR micro flanger and Semaphore tremolo.

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Guitar tech Armondo "Yogi" Garcia

Guitarist Dan Miller uses a Matchless amp and Sennheiser True Diversity Receiver W300 with a Shure SM57 on a Z bar. Bassist Danny Weinkauf uses Ampeg amps with a Sennheiser 902 mic with a Radial DI box.

John Linnell plays a Roland Fantom X8 with a Radial JD6 6-channel rackmount direct box underneath. He also plays a bass clarinet miked with a Sennheiser 908 and G3 wireless system.

For Linnell’s accordion rig, guitar tech Victor Muñoz built a 3-channel mixer and mounted it outside the accordion to accept inputs from two Sennheiser 908s and a Shure SM98 mounted inside, which are then premixed and sent via a Sennheiser G3 wireless system.

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Drum tech Jon Brunette (standing) with drummer Marty Beller

Marty Beller’s drum kit has a Shure SM91 and Beta 52 combo for kick, Beta 56 snare top, SM57 bottom, Beta 87C on the hi-hat (“The best hat mic there is,” says Carter), 98AMP for the second snare and toms, and Neumann 184 for overheads.

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