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Jul 1, 2003 12:00 PM


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Hugh Johnson

After 14 years of mixing FOH for Vince Gill, Hugh Johnson stays focused. During one of those rare moments when he's at his West Nashville home, Johnson took a few minutes to chat with Mix.

What do you use on Vince's vocals?
We've used the Shure SM87C for years. It's flat-sounding and is great at rejecting onstage sounds. After the board's preamp insert, his vocal goes through a Summit DCL-200, BSS 901 and a Showco TEQ graphic EQ. I use TC reverbs exclusively on vocals. The System 6000 is miraculous, and the 24/96k processing has revolutionized digital electronics for me.

Does your enthusiasm extend to consoles?
I've just switched to a DiGiCo D5 Live console, the first digital mixer I've used that sounds good and functions like an analog mixer.

Have you discovered any “must-have” piece of gear?
The Clair I/O unit: a crossover/EQ device that operates from a touchscreen. Wireless Ethernet connects a Gateway Tablet PC to FOH single-rackspace devices.

Do you have a preferred venue?
Probably the Kiel Center in St. Louis.

What do you do when you're off-duty?
I'm a Harley rider and ride as often as I can. I play a litle golf, do woodworking and a lot more lawn maintenance than I care to admit.

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