Live Sound

Shakira

Shakira's rise has been unstoppable. A star in her native Colombia since her early teens, the singer/songwriter has garnered multi-Platinum hits throughout Central and South Americas and Spain. Mix c 4/01/2003 7:00 AM Eastern

Shakira's rise has been unstoppable. A star in her native Colombiasince her early teens, the singer/songwriter has garneredmulti-Platinum hits throughout Central and South Americas and Spain.Now aged 24 and with a Grammy and two Latin Grammys under her belt,Shakira is out on tour promoting her first English-language album,Laundry Service. Scheduled to hit 50 cities in 30 countries thisyear, the Tour of the Mongoose passed through the San Francisco BayArea in February; Mix caught the show at the Oakland ColiseumArena.

At Oakland, the sound system was a Clair Bros. I-4 line arraysupplemented with flown Clair I-4B bass cabinets and S4 subwoofers onthe arena floor. Frontfill was provided by Clair P4s. System control isaccomplished via Clair's new iO system controllers, which aremanufactured by Lake Technologies.

FOH engineer Rob “Cubby” Colby is using theClair/Showco Showconsole and mixes 78 stage inputs via 16 VCAs.“The Showconsole has fantastic dynamics,” notes Colby, whois using all internal gates and compressors. For effects, Colby isusing a TC Electronic 2290 for vocal delays, plus an EventideHarmonizer H3000, AMS reverbs and TC 3000 for multi-effects.

Monitor engineer Vish Wadi is mixing mainly for in-ears, using aMidas H3000 console with an XL extender. “I've got about 56inputs,” says Wadi, who is running nine stereo mixes for in-earsand wedges. For dynamics, Wadi relies on dbx 160X and 900compressors.

Portraits of Shakira onstage, by SteveJennings


Photo by Steve Jennings


Photo by Steve Jennings


Photo by Steve Jennings