Former Bauhaus lead vocalist Peter Murphy is enjoying life as a solo artist, cruising through clubs promoting his latest release, Unshattered. Comfortable at front of house is Chris Raughley, who has mixed for Bauhaus and past Murphy outings. Mix caught up with the show at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium in late May.
Although the tour isn't carrying production, Raughley is using a number of effects units: three Yamaha SPX-990s, an Eventide H3000, two TC Electronic D2 delays, a Summit DCL-200 compressor, six dbx 160 compressors and four Drawmer DS201s. “Peter's material is all about the wall of effects and different sounds,” Raughley says. “We start with 48 channels onstage — some channels are sub-mixed to me from a Mackie digital console onstage. I typically run 32 channels at FOH, including effects. I request Midas boards.”
FOH engineer Chris Raughley
The tour is carrying mics: Shure SM91 and Beta 52 for kick; SM57s on top and bottom snare; SM98s for toms; SM81s on cymbals; Beta 52 on bass; and Beta 58 wireless for Murphy's vocals and background vocals. “Peter's voice is very interesting and challenging to mix,” Raughley says. “He has great vocal technique and uses distance and variances in how he sings into the mic to create his own sounds. Everyone but the guitar player [Mark Thwaite] uses Shure 600 in-ears. Peter is using the E-5 with the foam ear pieces. Peter is without question one of my favorite people to work for. We have mutual respect and enjoy and take pride in what we do.”