Live Sound

The Cure

The Cure's Curiosa shows at San Francisco's SBC Park brought the band and support acts Interpol, The Rapture and Mogwai together on one action-packed 11/01/2004 7:00 AM Eastern

The Cure vocalist Robert Smith is using a Shure Beta 58A.

The Cure's Curiosa shows at San Francisco's SBC Park brought the band and support acts Interpol, The Rapture and Mogwai together on one action-packed stage. Mix spoke with The Cure's FOH engineer, Craig Overbay.

This is the first tour that Overbay's using a digital console — a Yamaha PM1D. “One of the many things that I like are the onboard, insertable ⅓-octave EQs with notch filters, which we assigned to eight of the matrix outputs for controlling various zones of the P.A.,” he says. “I also used the compressors and gates on the desk, which work very well for the band.”

Front-of-house engineer Craig Overbay

All of the control and monitor systems were provided by Firehouse Productions, with racks and stacks from Rat Sound. The P.A. comprised two V-DOSC hangs per side — with nine V-DOSC and three dV-DOSC on the inside hang and six V-SDOSC and three V-DOSC on the outside hang. Four-box dV-DOSC center-fill clusters were flown from the front lighting truss. According to Overbay, “One of the best things that was accomplished on this tour was better coverage of all the seats in sheds by hanging two stacks of V-DOSC per side in a R/L/R/L configuration.” The sub configuration comprises a flown stack of eight Rat subs that were landed; three subs were stacked on either side of the column. “It worked well for horizontal dispersion of the bottom end while still giving you enough thump in the middle at mix position to keep all the engineers happy.”