Live Sound

On the Road

Particle an instrumental quartet comprising bassist Eric Gould, guitarist Charlie Hitchcock, keyboardist Steve Molitz and drummer Darren Pujalet deftly 3/01/2005 7:00 AM Eastern


photos: Michael Weintrob

Particle — an instrumental quartet comprising bassist Eric Gould, guitarist Charlie Hitchcock, keyboardist Steve Molitz and drummer Darren Pujalet — deftly combine elements of electronica, funk and rock 'n' roll during their a nonstop tour schedule. Now, with the band's first studio album — Launchpad — released, front-of-house engineer Brendan Twitchell prepares for a string of club dates.

How much gear are you carrying?

I'm out with a Mac G4 and the Digidesign 002, as well as a PreSonus Digimax LT for 16 channels of Pro Tools, and have been storing on large FireWire drives. I have a few TC Electronic pieces and eight channels of comps and gates. I carry mostly Audix mics.

What mixes do you give each performer?

My bass player and drummer are using wireless ears and powered mixes. Keys comprise just a dual mono mix, with a wedge in the downstage-right corner and one behind him up high. My guitar player gets two separate mixes: one for just his guitar and one for everything else. This year, we are going to go to wired ears for bass and drums, and may end up wiring the whole band.

Any specific mixing techniques?

I doghouse my guitar player's amp with four 2×4 Fiberglas shields, and try and reinforce the volume in front of him instead of behind him. It is a custom Chucktone amp that can be too loud for the stages we play, but it sounds great.

What gear can't you live without?

My Pro Tools rack goes everywhere with me. I had a custom case made so that it can fit in the overhead of a plane. I need to have the Audix D6 at all times, too.

What do you do when you're not touring?

I try to spend as much time with family and friends. I try to go out and see as much live music as possible — and golf when the weather in Connecticut is right.