Gotye Live at Red Rocks

Oct 1, 2012 9:00 AM, Mix, Text and Photos by Candace Horgan



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Monitor engineer Ben Shapiro.

Monitor engineer Ben Shapiro.

“I do like to use a dynamic on the vocal; it seems to keep it sounding tighter, especially at high gain,” says Carrick. “The backing vocals are wired versions of the same. For drums and percussion, we have a bunch of Earthworks High Definition Microphones, which I love. We use the SR40s on main kit for kick drum, hi-hats and overheads. Then for Wally’s standup kit, we use DP30Cs on snare and toms. We also use the P30C periscopes. They hover around all sorts of different percussion he plays; they come on and off and get pointed at different things tune by tune. Other than that, there are some AKG 414s doing cymbals and hats on Wally’s kit. Because there are two kits in the show, Wally’s kit and the main kit, I try to keep the microphone selection different to help me make each kit sound more distinctive. The main kit, for example, has Sennheiser e904s on the toms, whereas Wally has the Earthworks condensers, so right away there’s a different tone.”

Handling monitors on the tour is Ben Shapiro, with the assistance of monitor rigger Matt Delia. Shapiro has also been doing sound for more than 20 years, and had previously been at Red Rocks with the John Butler Trio. Shapiro has also worked with a variety of Australian bands, including Crowded House and Midnight Oil, but this is his first tour with Gotye.

The entire band works on in-ear monitors, using a standard Sennheiser ew 300 IEM G3 wireless in-ear system. Like Carrick, Shapiro is mixing on an Avid Venue Profile and using a lot of Waves plug-ins.”I use the Classic Console package, the C6 multiband compressor, Maxx Bass, and then the L3 on the master output along with the NLS bus,” he explains. “Then I use a bunch of H-EQs dedicated for automation. We also run some Buzz Audio hardware channel strips on the front end of Wally’s vocal. They sound great, and they’re extremely flexible.

“The mixes change dramatically from song to song,” Shapiro continues. “Everyone in the band is a multi-instrumentalist, and they all change around quite a lot. Wally has up to three or four changes per song, because he likes different vocal tones and levels as the song progresses. He also plays all sorts of samples and percussion, literally running around the stage and bashing various things. For the band members, I take a more standard approach. Obviously whatever they’re playing is on top, and the bass player and guitar player basically have a more organic drum and bass mix with the computers and tracks and things quite low. Wally is the complete opposite. He has the samples and things he can pitch and lock in—from quiet to quite loud.”

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