Graveyard: Sweden RocksFollowing the success of their Number 23 album Lights Out, Swedish metal band Graveyard is bringing its act to the U.S., playing clubs across the country with their front-of-house mixer of two-plus y 2/01/2013 4:00 AM Eastern
Following the success of their Number 23 album Lights Out, Swedish metal band Graveyard is bringing its act to the U.S., playing clubs across the country with their front-of-house mixer of two-plus years, John Rönnekle.
Rönnekle took time out from their European dates (19 shows in six countries to close out 2012) to talk about the U.S. plans: “Right now I’m traveling with only mics and a delay effect,” he says “On drums we have mounted a Shure Beta 52 on a Kelly Shu mount [bass drum microphone shock-mount], and one Beta 91 in foam inside the bass drum. For snare, a SM57 on top and a SM81 for snare bottom; the SM81 tolerates a high sound level without distorting and doesn’t sound so ‘new’ and crispy in the higher frequencies. I keep the snare bottom mic loud in the mix to amplify small drum rolls and ghost strokes. The rest of the drums are basic: Sennheiser e604s for toms and SM81s for overheads and hi-hat.”
Vocals are captured through a Beta 58. On guitars, Rönnekle has a Sennheiser MD421 but he’s considering adding another mic with a different character that he can blend in. “For bass I use a Radial DI box and an ADK A51 on the cabinet. In the mix I use the low end from the DI signal and the high end from the mic,” he says.
Rönnekle says his main focus is to keep the mix clean and simple: “Guitar solos and vocals tend to be louder in the live mix then on record. Especially in the States, people are really fond of solos of all kinds! On ballads I try to make things a little more ambient than the rest of the songs: more effects on the vocals and some extra reverb on some guitar parts. The band are really dynamic, and my job is mainly to make everything sound natural.”