All Access: Arctic Monkeys

Jan 1, 2014 9:00 AM, Photos and Text By Steve Jennings


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Alex Turner (vocals and guitar)

The Arctic Monkeys—Alex Turner, vocals, guitar (pictured, singing into a Sennheiser e935); Jamie Cook, guitar; Nick O’Malley, bass; Matt Helders, drums—stopped in at the Fox Theater, Oakland, Calif., in late fall 2013, where they took advantage of the Meyer Sound house P.A.

“I’m mixing on the DiGiCo SD10 with a pair of Waves SoundGrid servers and an SD-Rack,” says front-of-house engineer Matthew Kettle. “It’s a very powerful and flexible system. I especially like the way the Waves plug-in technology is integrated into the workflow of the desk. I’m also using a DiGiCo UB MADI USB interface into Logic Pro X for making archive multitrack recordings and for virtual soundchecks.

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Front-of-house engineer Matthew Kettle

“I’m using quite a few Waves plug-ins, including the NLS, SSL Compressor, MPX Tape, CLA-76, Kramer PIE, H-EQ, Doubler, S1-Imager, Renaissance De-Esser, C6, REDD17, RS56 passive EQ—a recent favorite on the stereo bus—H-Delay for tape delays, IR-Live for spring and plate reverbs. I use more of the vintage gear plug-ins with Arctic Monkeys as it really suits their aesthetic. I’m currently really into the IR-Live with them, as it opens the door to so many great classic effects IRs. I deliberately try to exist without outboard gear, for purely pragmatic reasons. We do a lot of travel between continents and have to pick up local production for each leg, often with very little pre-production time. I love the simplicity of having everything contained inside the show file.”

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Selmer Zodiac and Estey amp combo

Guitar tech Steve Bodie is responsible for guitarist/vocalist Alex Turner. Pictured is a Selmer Zodiac and Estey amp combo miked with a Sennheiser 906 and 421, “a classic combination blended together.”

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