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Soundcheck: Cyndi Lauper Hits Theaters

Interview with audio engineers and live sound crew on mixing for Cyndi Lauper 2008 tour. Tips, techniques and equipment applications from front of house (FOH) and monitor mix engineers

Cyndi Lauper performing live

Currently out in support of her latest, Bring Ya to the Brink, Cyndi Lauper is hitting mid-sized theaters across the U.S. before heading to Europe. Mix caught up with the artist’s second True Colors tour (which also features The B-52’s, Andy Bell of Erasure and comedian Wanda Sykes) at Berkeley, Calif.’s Greek Theater.

FOH engineer Kevin Sproatt is mixing on a Digidesign D-Show Profile using onboard plug-ins: BF3s and Crane Song Phoenix. At monitor world, Michael Mule is manning a DiGiCo D1, one of his longtime favorite boards because he can “see everything at once without having to scroll through pages to get where I want to be,” Mule says. “I’m not using any plug-ins, but Cyndi has a Daking mic pre and EQ that we insert on her mic that goes to her ear mix [Shure PSM 600 transmitters with Sensaphonics ear molds]. Her mic is a standard Shure 58 RF that we put a 57A grille on.”?

FOH engineer Kevin Sproatt

Eighth Day Sound systems tech Kyle Walsh explains the P.A.: “12 L-Acoustics V-DOSC per side with three dV-DOSC downfills, six d&b B2 subs per side, four d&b Q1s per side for side hangs and four d&b Q7s for front-fills. The V-DOSC is powered by Lab.gruppen amps; everything else with d&b D12s. A Dolby Lake controls the system.”