Live Sound

On the Road

Known for years of live and studio work with artists such as The Crusaders, David Sanborn and Marcus Miller, FOH mixer Paul Mitchell is out with The Crusaders again, this time featuring a reunion of 9/01/2003 8:00 AM Eastern

Known for years of live and studio work with artists such as TheCrusaders, David Sanborn and Marcus Miller, FOH mixer Paul Mitchell isout with The Crusaders again, this time featuring a reunion of theband's co-founders, Joe Sample and Wilton Felder.

What are some of the challenges in working with TheCrusaders?

With this band, I'm proud to say that there's no processing: nogates, no compression. Joe Sample's been working on dynamics for 50years, and it seems unfair to plug in a piece of gear and lose thosedynamics. The approach to sound is totally honest and natural. I justset the gain structure and let the band go.

Is there any “must have” gear you travelwith?

All I travel with are mics: all Audix, except for Shure wireless onsax and vocal. We do a lot of festivals where hooking up a piece ofgear can be a problem. I don't use a lot of [effects] processinganyway. I send out riders, and if I have a 480L, great, but I can alsowork with a PCM 70.

What's different about this tour?

We're multitrack recording every show, going to Pro Tools|HD at 96kHz to a single external 200GB FireWire drive. It's all in three smallracks: one for the 192 converters, one for the computer/flat-paneldisplay, and one for cables and drives.

What do you do when you're off the road?

I'm out 200 days a year, so when I'm home, I try to spend as muchtime as I can with my wife and kids. But, thankfully, I'm in a businesswhere I'm off the road between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day.