Jazz pianist Brian Auger is touring with a pair of Allen & Heath MixWizard mixing consoles, which feature onstage premixing and monitor processing for Auger’s multiple keyboard setup.
“They are the best investment I’ve made in a long time. They’re fantastic mixers; I’m absolutely knocked out with them,” says Auger. “They’ve done quite a few miles on the road. I couldn’t be more pleased with them. I don’t need any DIs; you just take a left and right out of the mixer.” Whether Auger is touring North America or Europe, the MixWizards are available to premix his Hammond B3 organ and a Korg SG Pro X piano and a rackmount X5DR module.
The consoles also allow the keyboard player to add reverb to his monitors as a performance aid. “In bigger halls, I use some reverb on the keyboards. Plus, we run the organ sound through an Aphex preamp to fatten everything up,” he explains. “I’m using an old Lexicon LXP-1 reverb. It just gives the keyboards a bit of a lift. But that’s not necessarily what they want out front, so we just send them the straight signal from one of the buses.”
Auger reports that he and his band, the Oblivion Express, have ”shot a live DVD. We also did a section, which will be part of the menus, where we go through every bit of equipment we have because so many people ask me what gear I’m using. So we did an interview with each of the musicians in the band so people can see what each of us is using, including the MixWizard.”