All Access: Ellie Goulding
Mar 1, 2013 9:00 AM, Photos and Text By Steve Jennings
British singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ellie Goulding is on a worldwide tour to support her 2012 sophomore release, Halcyon. Mix caught up with her at the Fox Theater in Oakland, Calif., in early February.
“I’ve been using the Avid/Digi Profile for a few years now,” says FOH mixer Oz Bagnall. “With the help of Scott Penderson at Waves, I have put together a package of plug-ins. The toms all have Trans X (transient designers). Kick has an SSL channel, H-comp, Renaissance Bass and Phoenix Luster. Snares, SSL channel, H-comp. Overheads, C4 multiband comps. Kick and snares are all time- and phase-aligned with In-phase. SSL Comp over the group. The only non-Waves plug-in on the drums is the TC Electronic VSS3 reverb. For acoustic guitars I use C6 or C4, Renaissance EQ6 with a McDSP M4000 over the acoustic group, TC VSS3 reverb. On electric guitar, SSL channel, Bass H-comp, Renaissance Bass, In-phase. On keys, McDSP M4000 over the group. C6 on the piano and Renaissance Bass on the Bass Synth. Ableton Live, McDSP M4000 over the group and SSL comp on the melody tracks. For vocal I use Renaissance EQ6, C6, Renaissance Deesser. And McDSP M4000 on the group.
“I have a MacBook Pro running MainStage, which has some additional vocal effects,” he continues, “all triggered from snapshots in the console via MIDI. The same Mac is running Smaart 6, which receives a source from Ellie’s vocal using the software in spectrograph mode so I can quickly identify any areas I need to change. Chris Chierello, our P.A. tech for this tour, also has a few PCs, one running Smaart and the other running the Lake controller software that is balancing and EQ’ing the system.”
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