Live Sound

FixIt: Luke Bryan Monitor Engineer Ed Janiszewski

I have one musician who requests changes more frequently than the rest of the band. In the past, it meant flipping to his mix to make the changes. On the [DiGiCo] SD8, I have one of the three sets of 8/01/2011 5:00 AM Eastern

I have one musician who requests changes more frequently than the rest of the band. In the past, it meant flipping to his mix to make the changes. On the [DiGiCo] SD8, I have one of the three sets of assignable rotary encoders assigned to his mix, which means it’s always accessible without flipping banks or hitting a button, and I still have the other two sets of encoders for other purposes. Also, having two talkbacks is really helpful. I have one assigned to the crew mixes and one for the musicians, which benefits both problem-solving and gossip. And because of the flexibility in configuring the layout, I can put different output channel types on one bank; I use aux sends for the band’s mixes, a master group bus for Luke (so his effect sends are post-fader) and I use a matrix for a spare/backup output, all of which are side-by-side on the same bank. I use a set of macros to instantly route any mix to the spare/backup matrix output, so if there is a problem with someone’s pack I can swap it out easily, quickly and without reconfiguring anything.