Tenacious D

Feb 1, 2007 12:00 PM, Photos and text by Steve Jennings


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Part rock 'n' roll show, part comedy act, the tag team of Jack Black and Kyle Gass (aka Tenacious D) whooped it up at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in late November, plugging their new movie, Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny. Front-of-house engineer Craig Overbay is not only mixing the duo, but for the second half of the “rock opera,” he's also contending with a full band (all in character): the Antichrist on guitar, Charlie Chaplin on bass, Colonel Sanders on drums and, of course, a guest appearance by the Antichrist's father, the Devil.

Overbay is using a Digidesign VENUE board with 48 remote mic preamps and AES feeds from the stage into Dolby Lake processors. “This is my first time working on the Digidesign console,” he says. “I have to say I enjoy mixing on it a little more every day. I'm using Focusrite Liquid Channels on vocals as an AES insert for both Jack and Kyle. Outboard effects are Lexicon PCM42, Roland SRV-2000 and two Yamaha SPX-990s.”

Craig Overbay (left) and assistant Jordan Zur from Eighth Day Sound

Eighth Day Sound provided the L-Acoustics rig (14 V-DOSC and three dV-DOSC per side, nine dV-DOSC on the side hang, six d&b Q7s for in-fills and 18 d&b B2 subs). All cabs are powered by Lab.gruppen Q7 and B2s with d&b D12 amps. Black and Gass' wedges are d&b M2s and C7s; the band is on Sennheiser G2s with Shure E5s. The duo sing through Audix RAD-360 wireless mic systems with OM7 capsules.

As for the rest of the crew, “Our monitor engineer [is] Derek Van Ord. I've worked with him before on Weezer's tour, and we get along very well,” Overbay says. “He has a great work ethic and is not afraid to get right in the middle of things.”

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