After 14 years of mixing FOH for Vince Gill, Hugh Johnson staysfocused. During one of those rare moments when he's at his WestNashville home, Johnson took a few minutes to chat with Mix.
What do you use on Vince's vocals?
We've used the Shure SM87C for years. It's flat-sounding and is greatat rejecting onstage sounds. After the board's preamp insert, his vocalgoes through a Summit DCL-200, BSS 901 and a Showco TEQ graphic EQ. Iuse TC reverbs exclusively on vocals. The System 6000 is miraculous,and the 24/96k processing has revolutionized digital electronics forme.
Does your enthusiasm extend to consoles?
I've just switched to a DiGiCo D5 Live console, the first digitalmixer I've used that sounds good and functions like an analogmixer.
Have you discovered any “must-have” piece ofgear?
The Clair I/O unit: a crossover/EQ device that operates from atouchscreen. Wireless Ethernet connects a Gateway Tablet PC to FOHsingle-rackspace devices.
Do you have a preferred venue?
Probably the Kiel Center in St. Louis.
What do you do when you're off-duty?
I'm a Harley rider and ride as often as I can. I play a litle golf, dowoodworking and a lot more lawn maintenance than I care to admit.