Live: New York City Theater Goes 5.1

May 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

Last year, The Victory Theater’s audio system (originally installed in 1995) began to show its age. The theater’s director of production, David Jensen, consulted with Anthony Nittoli (principal designer with Akustiks, LLC), who had supervised the ’95 install. Says Jensen, “Anthony maintained his consultant relationship with the theater over the years, and I was fortunate to ‘inherit’ him when I came onboard in 2001. In addition to performing annual systems service, he has also used the new Victory as a lab for systems testing. He knows this venue better than anyone.” ...

FixIt: Cinematic Orchestra Monitor Engineer Paul Hatt

Mar 1, 2011

The Cinematic Orchestra usually uses wedge monitors, but for the Royal Albert Hall performance, almost all the bandmembers had to use in-ears, and we used wedges for the guest vocalists, supporting acts and as a general backup, along with some spot monitoring for the conductor and some sections of the London Metropolitan Orchestra. I took eight returns...

Live: Blues Travelers Deliver to Fans

Mar 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

It began as nightly recordings for archival purposes; for the past couple of years Blues Traveler has been offering concert fans a high-quality recording they can take home after the gig. But for FOH engineer Adam Fortin, who has been with the band since 2006, finding the right combination of gear to get the best multitrack recordings with some digital consoles has been a challenge....

Live: Bowery Boston Upgrades

Mar 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

The Bowery Presents—with assistance from Scorpio Sound Systems—recently retrofitted its Boston venue with a new state-of-the-art sound system, which includes a d&b P.A and Avid Profile boards at both front of house and monitors....

Get That Guitar!

Feb 1, 2011, By Pete Keppler

The sheer number of different amps, amp simulators, direct-input systems and acoustic pickups on the market today for guitar is pretty staggering—probably not that far from the number of musicians who are out there actually plugging into it all. In the world of guitar amps alone, dozens of boutique companies have sprung up in the past 10 to 20 years, not to mention the major manufacturers that keep cranking out new models every year and bringing out various re-issues of their classic amps from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. With so much gear out there, the quest for a killer guitar tone in your live mix may seem a little daunting. It will take a bit of experimentation, but assuming your player has settled on a rig that they’re comfortable with onstage, it’s relatively easy to zero in on your options and make a choice for the best method of capturing that sound. ...

FixIt: Flyleaf FOH Engineer Rich Caldwell

Feb 1, 2011

Flyleaf originally wanted a recording truck or mobile setup to come out, but we felt confident that we could capture the audio ourselves and then just hand them a hard drive of the whole tour. Using existing budget, we purchased a Pro Tools HD rig and added a MADI-to-Digilink interface. That instantly turned the [Soundcraft Vi6] desk into a 64-track mobile studio with full virtual soundcheck capability....

Power Tools: Avid VENUE Live Console

Feb 1, 2011, By George Petersen

Over the past couple years, we’ve noticed a trend of more studio engineers going out with the band, taking on a front-of-house mixing role for the tour once the group hits the road. With that in mind, we spoke to Avid senior market specialist (and award-winning live sound mixer) Robert Scovill, who shared some advice for Pro Tools–savvy studio engineers taking this leap into live sound and using Avid’s VENUE Series consoles. ...

Dave Morgan Q&A

Feb 1, 2011, By George Petersen

Don’t tell anyone, but it’s the best gig anyone could ever have. We go in around 4 in the afternoon and we’re out at 9:30. Living out here, I never had to get on a bus. If it weren’t for the fact that I love working for James Taylor more than anyone else in the world, I’d never give this up. ...

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