Swept up in the Latin crossover craze, alongside such artists Ricky Martin and Shakira, Juanes continues to deliver strong studio albums that hit and stay in Billboard‘s Latin Top 10. Currently out on tour with a seven-piece band and gear provided by Showco/Clair, Juanes’ front-of-house engineer, Rob “Cubby” Colby, is no stranger to the Latin flare, having mixed for Martin and Shakira previously. Mix caught up with Colby during the midst of the U.S. tour.
How much gear are you carrying?
We are using the i4 line array with the Showco subs. The arena system is the standard 14- or 16-deep front hangs with 8- or 10-deep i4s for side hangs with 10 subs a side. Front-fills are on top of the two subs on either side of the “ego” ramp that goes out 16 feet into the audience. The FOH environment is small with the DiGiCo D5 and only a small rack with two 737 Avalon comps and two Distressors. Effects are TC Electronic 2290 and 3000.
Do you have a mixing technique?
The music is clean: three guitars, keys, bass, percussion and drums. It is a straight-ahead mix; not heavy on effects. I go for a punchy drum mix, a music mix of guitars and keys and tight percussion, with a deep, dry bass guitar sound.
Tell me about the DiGiCo board.
I’ve been using the console for the last three tours with various artists. I continue to learn the depth of the console from tour to tour. I rely on the dynamics quite a bit. For this tour, I’ve built a snapshot of each song as there are a lot of guitar changes. Each guitar player can switch from acoustic nylon to acoustic steel-string to electric guitars.
What about when you’re off the road?
I spend time with family and friends. We do a lot of boating here in Minnesota until winter comes; then, it’s snowboarding or skiing and even some ice fishing.