Daniel Gonzales, on the road with Beyoncé
New York, NY (April 15, 2014)—Monitor engineer Daniel Gonzales (Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, Gungor) used Waves Audio’s Mercury and SSL 4000 Collection SoundGrid bundles for the recent tour with Beyonce.
“The unique challenge of being a monitor mixer for Beyoncé is how to make the mix huge and powerful in the in-ears without being so loud that it would ruin your hearing after a two-hour show. Waves tools are indispensable for this purpose. I can compress things subtly and take the edge off many of the inputs; this way, I can even out Beyoncé’s mix and create space for the ‘loud’ moments while keeping her vocal on top the entire time. With these great compressors, you can do some major action on a dynamic input, without ruining it or bringing negative attention to it. The CLA 1176 and C6 do a great job on this,” said Gonzales.
“There is a great advantage in having more tools at your disposal,” Gonzales added. “If you were mixing with a standard analog desk, you would probably like the onboard EQ and dynamics for some things but not for others, and you would probably supplement the desk with some outboard gear. The more tools you have in your toolbox, the better equipped you are to handle any job. It doesn’t mean you’ll be using every tool every single time, but at least you will have them when you need them.”