Live Sound

The Cure Tour Profile

Mix magazine interview with audio engineers and live sound crew on mixing audio for The Cure 2009 tour. Tips, techniques and equipment applications from The Cure's front of house (FOH) engineer. Mix 6/01/2009 8:00 AM Eastern

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How much gear did you bring in?

We brought in a Digidesign D-Show with a Profile surface, FOH control, monitor board, line system and mics.

What is the most important part of The Cure's mix?

It's very much about using the great source they give you and presenting it well. A lot of this is about fine guitar balance and imaging. Both guitars are stereo and you have to be careful about the interaction of their images. Sometimes the bass is not really the bass but a lead “hook” instrument.

The Cure

The Cure
Photos: Dave Vann

The sound went out for a bit during their set. What happened?

First time it had ever happened to me or The Cure in their 30-year career! It was a little surreal; I think it took my brain a few seconds to fully realize what had happened. I loved the way the band played on regardless, fully aware the system was off!

Where can we find you post-tour?

I have a mix room in Dublin called Suite. We bought an SSL about a year ago, had Andy Munro do the acoustics and did a major upgrade. I work with a lot of up-and-coming Irish acts. I find my live work keeps my studio work fresh and vice versa.