Live Sound

On the Road: Joan Baez

Jason Raboin just wrapped up a tour with Joan Baez and is now out with Modest Mouse. With only one day off between two distinctly different tours, Raboin 11/01/2007 8:00 AM Eastern

Jason Raboin just wrapped up a tour with Joan Baez and is now out with Modest Mouse. With only one day off between two distinctly different tours, Raboin gave Mix the low-down on the Baez tour, which he'll pick up again in March.

How much gear are you carrying on this tour?
We are carrying mics, stands, cables, a console and processing. We have a mic package comprising mostly Heil mics. I'm using a prototype vocal mic that has the PR30 diaphragm in a handheld housing that the company is calling the PR35. Other mics include PR40 on kick; overheads are Beyer M160 ribbons into A-Designs' Pacifica pre's; bass is an A-Designs REDDI into a dbx 162SL; and electric guitar is PR30 into a Pacifica into a Distressor. Joan's acoustic is an Avalon U5 into a dbx 162SL, and her vocal is a PR35 into a Pacifica into a Speck ASC-T EQ; backing vocals are also PR35s.

Joan Baez

What's your mixing style for Baez?
The mix runs through a Drawmer 1968 ME [Mercenary Edition] compressor. I'm using a Yamaha DM1000 console and run monitors from front of house. Joan is on in-ears and the rest of the band is on a wedge each. Joan's mix has her voice and guitar pre-fader, while the rest of the band is sent post-fader to her ears. This way, as I adjust for solos and dynamics, she gets the same changes. I try to keep the mix as simple as possible. I use little or no effects, depending on the hall. It's a quiet show, and it's all about Joan's voice; everyone else's job is to support that.

What's the one piece of gear for this tour that you can't live without?
Nothing — Joan would still be Joan no matter what we had her singing through. That said, I have become quite fond of the Heil mics and A-Designs' Pacifica mic pre's.

Where can we find you when you're not on the road?
Working on the house and advancing the next tour.

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