Live Sound

On the Road: Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake This *NSYNC'er-turned solo artist is currently touring the U.S. with a full band after a stint in Europe. Mix caught up with monitor 3/01/2007 7:00 AM Eastern

This *NSYNC'er-turned solo artist is currently touring the U.S. with a full band after a stint in Europe. Mix caught up with monitor engineer Kevin Glendinning, who is manning a Digidesign VENUE board (part of a two-console setup at monitor world; the other board is manned by Scotty Reikowsky) from Showco.

Do you have a specific mixing style?
We try to keep that rig as simple as possible. My monitor desk is right on the outside upstage lip of our in-the-round stage. I can gather what he's getting up there off the room, low-end response from Andy [Meyer, FOH] and his feeling about the mix from his facial expressions. For the first time, I am mixing him post-fader and off of the L/R stereo bus — “FOH style.” Using the master bus results in better stereo imagery to the [Sennheiser G2] ears this way. There are also the backline mixes, both keyboard players and the dancers' mixes on the A console. Everyone in the crew and band all know that my focus is directed to Justin the entire show and if a change or problem occurs we chat after the show or at soundcheck the next day, [a] true sign of [the] real pros we work for.

Read more about the complicated staging and production of Justin Timberlake's tour at livedesignonline.com.

Monitor engineer Kevin Glendinning

Is everyone onstage using in-ears?
Everyone gets a stereo ear mix. We're using Sennheiser G2s, still the best out there as far as audio quality and RF availability are concerned. The band mixes are pretty conventional; Justin's, however, keeps me busy. Lots of things up and down, on and off throughout the two one-hour sets. The ear system is augmented with a wedge for our percussionist and both keyboard players; the MD, Kevin Antunes, being a stereo pair.

Your thoughts on the tour as a whole?
This animal is just getting started but the production staff out here is really doing an amazing job. I think we are up to 22 semis in North American arenas and the caliber of staff we have out here is really exceptional.

January

2015 NAMM Show

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

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