Mix caught up with Phish and spoke with FOH engineer PaulLanguedoc, who told us what the band is carrying this time out.
“For this tour, I'm using two Crest Century Vx 40-channelconsoles, slightly modified with Burr-Brown preamp chips. We have about46 inputs from the stage, though I need to have lots extra, as the bandis apt to invite guests and/or bring in new instruments on shortnotice. We can feed up to six stereo zones with crossovers, delay andEQ.
“Our P.A. system is from Snow Sound from Berlin, Conn. PauloRodrigues is the sound crew chief. The Snow Sound Eagle system is builtby McCauley. We usually carry about 32 cabinets per side, as well aseight flying subs and four ground subs per side, along withmiscellaneous small fill speakers, as needed. Processing is BSS 366sand Varicurve 920s for EQ. The amps are Crest.
“I carry less rack gear these days. I still use compression,mostly Aphex Expressors, plus Summit DCL-200 for vocals, TC Electronic1280 for lining up bass DI with the mic, Lexicon 960L running as fourstereo machines and an Eventide H3000 for effects.
“Also, we have been using 48 channels of Grace Design 801 micpreamps onstage for several years, and I credit them with a majorimprovement in signal integrity. Generally, as far as mixing the show,I pay close attention to gain structure and let the band control theirown dynamics.”