Robert Scovill Shares Tips With Audio Pros

May 4, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Robert Scovill, front-of-house engineer for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Prince, Def Leppard, Rush and Matchbox 20, recently offered a select group of audio pros from around the world an inside look at how he works. Under the banner of, Scovill’s offering, “The Complete Front-of-House Engineer” chose the Conservatory of Recording Arts’ (Gilbert, Ariz.) new 6,000-square-foot live sound classroom to host the event; Scovill helped design this room.

Photos: Chris Bailey

"We think it's a golden opportunity for us to be doing this at the Conservatory," said Scovill. "The live sound lab at CRAS is considerable, a little over 150,000 cubic feet and that allows us to showcase a sound reinforcement seminar curriculum and the gear in a completely professional setting."

Featured P.A. gear for the event was supplied in part by ProMix Electrotec and included a VDOSC line array P.A. with ARCs and L-Acoustic subs, TD-1s, Runts and BDEAP subs from Sound Physics Labs. Other gear from Electrotec included a Paragon Production II console, API 2500 compressor, Klark Teknik Helix Equalization, Lake Technologies Contour, XTA system crossovers and delays, Distressor compressors, UREI 1176 compressors, TC M3000 and M4000, and Yamaha SPX 990s. Eldon's Boy Productions provided 64 I/Os of Pro Tools, 64 I/Os of Tascam DA-88 and Ramlatch snakes and splitters.

The three-day hands-on seminar covered SIA Smaart operation, FFT analysis and RTA and system tuning, outboard gear usage such as compression, limiting, time-based processing, and MIDI and console routing concepts.

Local band Nobility Obliged was brought in for an extended soundcheck and then was mixed the following day. Conservatory administrator Kirt Hamm said, "This kind of event lets us offer our students a pros’ eye view of the industry. Robert’s experience in the industry is unparalleled, which is why we had him design our live sound curriculum."

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