I wanted to avoid the increasingly popular trend of wedging highly complex and powerful consoles — digital or analog — into simple and relatively non-complex gigs. A compact and easy-to-setup FOH world — where I can see everything that’s going on at a single glance without pressing buttons — can be achieved with a compact analog setup. When the Peppers headlined the 18,000-capacity KROQ Weenie Roast at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine Meadows, [Calif.], I used a 32-channel Siena. Even though the console is more optimized for stage monitor applications, I actually preferred it, as I loved having the extra aux/groups. I went straight into the processors and eliminated an AD/DA conversion, which gave the Peppers a sonic clarity advantage. Plus, it’s really fun mixing big sound on little boards!
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