Known for years of live and studio work with artists such as TheCrusaders, David Sanborn and Marcus Miller, FOH mixer Paul Mitchell isout with The Crusaders again, this time featuring a reunion of theband's co-founders, Joe Sample and Wilton Felder.
What are some of the challenges in working with TheCrusaders?
With this band, I'm proud to say that there's no processing: nogates, no compression. Joe Sample's been working on dynamics for 50years, and it seems unfair to plug in a piece of gear and lose thosedynamics. The approach to sound is totally honest and natural. I justset the gain structure and let the band go.
Is there any “must have” gear you travelwith?
All I travel with are mics: all Audix, except for Shure wireless onsax and vocal. We do a lot of festivals where hooking up a piece ofgear can be a problem. I don't use a lot of [effects] processinganyway. I send out riders, and if I have a 480L, great, but I can alsowork with a PCM 70.
What's different about this tour?
We're multitrack recording every show, going to Pro Tools|HD at 96kHz to a single external 200GB FireWire drive. It's all in three smallracks: one for the 192 converters, one for the computer/flat-paneldisplay, and one for cables and drives.
What do you do when you're off the road?
I'm out 200 days a year, so when I'm home, I try to spend as muchtime as I can with my wife and kids. But, thankfully, I'm in a businesswhere I'm off the road between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day.