All Access: Garbage

Dec 1, 2012 9:00 AM, Photos and Text By Steve Jennings


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photo of Garbage the band

From left: Steve Marker, Butch Vig, Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson


Garbage 2012 Tour Gallery

After a seven-year absence, Garbage returned to the stage and they sounded like they’d never left, performing songs from their fifth studio album, Not Your Kind of People, which the band released on its own label, Stunvolume. Shirley Manson (lead vocals), Butch Vig (drums), Duke Erikson (guitar/bass/keyboards) Steve Marker (guitar/keyboards) and touring bassist Eric Avery played to a packed audience in San Francisco at the Warfield Theatre.

Front-of-house engineer Brad Divens is mixing on an Avid Venue Profile. “It’s a great board,” he says. “I’m using Waves Live, SSL, CLA, API, C6, NLS, Decapitator, McDSP, SPL, Massey, Softube and Crane Song Phoenix plug-ins. The only outboard piece of gear I carry is a Dolby Lake Processor, which I run in-line for system EQ. We’ve been using local P.A. for all the shows; at the Warfield, we were on a Meyer Sound system.

photo of Shirley Manson

Shirley Manson

“Working on a Profile, multi-tracking the shows in Pro Tools and then being able to flip the desk into virtual soundcheck mode gives me the ability to fine-tune and tweak the mix till it’s just right,” Divens continues. “Utilizing snapshots for each song is a plus. Also, since there is basically no stage volume except for Butch’s drums it is like mixing a record every night.”

Monitor engineer Michael Souder is mixing the band on an Avid Venue Profile. “I’ve been using the Profile for a while now,” he says. “I like that the console is readily available around the world and it’s easy to work on. I’m not using any plug-ins or outboard rack gear; the board has everything I need.

Shirley Manson’s vocal mic is the Shure UHFR with Earthworks WL40V capsule. The band is all on in-ear monitors—Sennheiser EW300 G2s or G3s from Clair, with JH-16 and JH-13 buds.”

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