Mumford & Sons 2013 Tour Gallery

Mumford & Sons 2013 Tour Gallery

Mix caught Mumford & Sons during a three-night, sold-out run at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, Calif., just prior to the announcement of bassist Ted Dwane’s surgery and the cancellation of dates on the Stampede Tour. Our thoughts are with him.

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FOH engineer Chris Pollard (left) and system tech Jamie Howieson. Pollard says, "I have chosen the [Midas] XL4 simply because it sounds so incredible. The preamps and EQ are amazing, and it is capable of huge dynamic range. I am a fan of mastering that has a large dynamic range and I believe mixing live on analog lends itself to that craft. I think a lot of engineers would like to mix on analog but there are often many reasons why they don't take [analog gear] on tour; most of them are practical: It's large, heavy and sometimes unreliable. We—myself and Jamie—also enjoy the daily challenges of maintaining the analog gear and take pride in the fact we are allowed the space at FOH and in the truck to make it happen."

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