Morcheeba at Irving Plaza in New York City in May 2014
Photo: Todd Berkowitz
UK-based trip-hop trio Morcheeba, comprising Skye Edwards, Paul Godfrey and Ross Godfrey, crafted their October 2013 release Head Up High using vintage and boutique audio gear in their studio in France. Morcheeba is touring behind this release with a lineup comprising Edwards (vocals), Ross Godfrey (guitar), Steve Gordon (bass), Richard Milner (keys), Martin Carling (drums) and James Anthony (turntables). Mix caught the group at New York City’s Irving Plaza in May.
Nick Ingram is working on this tour at front-of-house. According to production manager Mark Jones, Ingram mixes on an Avid Profile console with a d&b audiotechnik J Series P.A. system. Edwards sings into a Shure Beta 58A microphone. “It’s the one that works best with the nuances of her vocal,” Jones says. “We have tried various others but always come back to this one.” Jones adds that Edwards’ vocal needs to be mixed “over the top” of the band, and that Ingram uses an XTA D2 Stereo Dynamic EQ on her vocal. “[We] tend not to use a lot of reverb, just a short plate,” Jones says.
Stewart Kennett mixes monitors on a Yamaha PM5D-RH console using four d&b audiotechnik M4 wedges for Ross Godfrey, Milner and Gordon, who is “about to switch to in-ears for the next tour,” Kennett says. “Martin the drummer is on a Shure hardwired in-ear pack, as is James, the DJ. Skye is using a Sennheiser G3 in-ear system with Ultimate Ears 11 [Pro Custom In-Ear Monitors].”