Lettuce Brings The Funk

Lettuce FOH engineer Beau Williams, Jr., at the DiGiCo SD8

With more than 20 years on the road and in the studio, Lettuce brought their horn and rhythm-loaded seven-piece funk to the Fox Theater in Oakland, Calif., in mid-March, plugging into the Meyer Sound house system and filling the stage with a groove-laced yet dynamic performance.

Supported on this club and theater tour by Music Matters Productions and Underlying Themes Productions, the band carried consoles, IEMs, Mics, DI and cabling, relying on house-supplied wedges, subs, stacks/ racks, power and stands. Engineer Beau Williams Jr. mixed front of house on a DiGiCo SD8 console with Waves Multirack and Recording Rack (multitracked each night via an RME MADIface card); Andy Loy mixed monitors on a DiGiCo SD8-24, along with eight mixes of Shure PSM 1000 units and a mixture of wedge monitors, typically D&B M4 wedges with V subs.

“There are lots of instruments sharing the same frequency spectrum, and they can combat each other when all played at once, or played loud,” Williams says. “My approach is more subtractive mixing. I ride the faders throughout the show and turn down anything combatting with anything else before I turn up what I can’t hear. If a horn solo busts out, I ride the keys and guitar down before I jack the faders for the horns up."

Mixing drums on this run has been a little different,” he adds.Adam, the drummer, has an assortment oftoys’ on his left side: octobans, bongos, pots and pans, a bucket, or whatever he found in the alley while we were loading in. There are a good amount of mics on the kit, but Adam was having a hard time with hearing certain things cut through in his ears. So I ended up placing the 84s in an X/Y configuration over the drum kit, hard panning left and right, and delaying every other input, besides kick, to these overheads. The X/Y config mimics human hearing, and delaying the inputs accordingly helps combat phase cancellation between the mics. This helped a lot with the way Adam and the guys hear the kit on stage; it sounds more natural to him, and it definitely helps clear things up for me out front.”

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