Carrie Underwood performing live
Multiple Grammy Award– and American Idol–winner Carrie Underwood has embarked on a tour of North America in support of her new album, Play On; the tour stopped in Las Vegas for the Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony, where she became the first woman to win Entertainer of the Year twice. Clair Global is providing sound reinforcement for the tour. Mix caught up with Underwood’s monitor engineer, Cam Beachley.'
Monitor engineer Cam Beachley
What console are you working on?
A Yamaha PM1D. With the large number of inputs and outputs I’m using, I was forced to use a digital console. I had to have something that I knew was going to work every time I turned it on. The 1D has been absolutely bulletproof. Digital will never sound as good as analog, but with the upgraded preamps and [an Apogee] Big Ben external word clock, I have had no complaints about how it sounds.
What kind of mixes are you giving Carrie and the band?
I mix Carrie all night, so hers is a dynamic FOH-style mix. For the most part, the band’s mixes are static. Everyone is using in-ear monitors and there are thumpers mounted under the band risers.
Are you dealing with a loud stage volume?
Stage volume isn’t an issue for us as all of the guitar amps are in iso cabinets under the deck.
Where can we find you when you’re not on the road?
Playing with my kids or riding my motorcycle.