On the Road with Neko Case

Apr 1, 2014 9:00 AM, By Barbara Schultz


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Singer/songwriter Neko Case has added another leg to her tour, promoting her Grammy-nominated album The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You. During this outing, Case and band visit clubs and theaters throughout the Southeast and Midwest with a crew including monitor mixer Bobby Mac and front-of-house engineer Shelly Steffens.

FOH and monitor consoles—an Avid Profile and SC48, respectively—are provided by Clearwing Productions. The tour is also carrying a Motion Laboratories Power Distro, a small L-Acoustics monitor package (115xt HiQ wedges), a mic package that includes Case’s preferred Shure SM58 vocal mic, and Radial passive and active DIs. Racks and stacks are provided by the venues locally.

“On this leg of our U.S. tour, I am using the Waves Renaissance plug-in bundle and it’s been great,” Steffens says. “I send Neko’s vocal through the Renaissance Reverb—set to a hall—and also through a another channel of Renaissance reverb set to a plate. The plate reverb is then sent to another long hall reverb. The idea is to build as much dimension as possible in the reverb while keeping it sounding as natural as possible.

“I like to roll off a lot of the high end in all the ‘verbs so that they highlight the beautiful, deeper tones in Neko’s vocals,” Steffens continues. “I’ve also been experimenting with the Waves Non-Linear Summer plug-in inserted on Neko and Kelly Hogan’s vocal channels, and on the vocal bus. The Summer adds a lot of depth and presence to Neko and Kelly’s vocals.”

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