Live Sound

Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse played to a sold-out house at the Berkeley Community Theater (Berkeley, Calif.) in early February. Mix spoke with front-of-house engineer 4/01/2005 7:00 AM Eastern

Modest Mouse played to a sold-out house at the Berkeley Community Theater (Berkeley, Calif.) in early February. Mix spoke with front-of-house engineer Chris Chandler — who has mixed the band since 2003 — about their current tour. Thomas Wright (monitor engineer/stage manager) and backline techs Trevor Keen and Derek Linaman are also on-hand for this jaunt.

According to Chandler, “Things can change when you're not carrying full production. [At the Berkeley show, Sound on Stage provided the P.A. and Yamaha FOH mixing console.] On this tour, I'm using Shure Beta 57As on Isaac [Brock, vocalist/guitarist] and Dann [Gallucci, guitarist/keys] and Shure SM58s on Tom [Peloso, upright bass/fiddle] and Jeremy [Green, drummer]. For Isaac's second vocal, we use a Shure 104C for that ‘telephone’ sound.”

FOH engineer Chris Chandler
photos: Steve Jennings

Chandler's outboard rack includes Mercury M76m mic pre's (with a dbx 160 and 6-band EQ inserted) for Brock's vocal, and a Discrete Plus stereo pre for Peloso's vocal and bass. Bass also has a dbx 160 and 6-band EQ on it. Chandler inserts a Ridge Farms/The Boiler compressor into a stereo bus on drums for the “compressed drum sound from the album.” Also in the rack are Drawmer DS404 quad gates and a DL 441 quad comp, and a TC Electronic M2000. Drums are miked with Shure Beta 91, Beta 52, SM57s, 98s, SM81 and a pair of KSM 137s. Percussion is treated with an SM57, Beta 57A, 98s and SM81s. Guitars are miked with Sennheiser MD409s or 421s.

January

2015 NAMM Show

Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Avenue , Anaheim, CA, U.S.

February

Grammy Awards

The Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.

March