On the RoadHugh Johnson After 14 years of mixing FOH for Vince Gill, Hugh Johnson stays focused. During one of those rare moments when he's at his West Nashville home, Johnson took a few minutes to chat with 7/01/2003 8:00 AM Eastern
After 14 years of mixing FOH for Vince Gill, Hugh Johnson staysfocused. During one of those rare moments when he's at his WestNashville home, Johnson took a few minutes to chat with Mix.
What do you use on Vince's vocals?
We've used the Shure SM87C for years. It's flat-sounding and is greatat rejecting onstage sounds. After the board's preamp insert, his vocalgoes through a Summit DCL-200, BSS 901 and a Showco TEQ graphic EQ. Iuse TC reverbs exclusively on vocals. The System 6000 is miraculous,and the 24/96k processing has revolutionized digital electronics forme.
Does your enthusiasm extend to consoles?
I've just switched to a DiGiCo D5 Live console, the first digitalmixer I've used that sounds good and functions like an analogmixer.
Have you discovered any “must-have” piece ofgear?
The Clair I/O unit: a crossover/EQ device that operates from atouchscreen. Wireless Ethernet connects a Gateway Tablet PC to FOHsingle-rackspace devices.
Do you have a preferred venue?
Probably the Kiel Center in St. Louis.
What do you do when you're off-duty?
I'm a Harley rider and ride as often as I can. I play a litle golf, dowoodworking and a lot more lawn maintenance than I care to admit.