The Reverend Horton Heat — Jim “Reverend Horton Heat” Heath (vocals/guitar), Jimbo Wallace (bass/background vocals) and Scott Churilla (drums) — are out on the road in support of their latest CD release, Lucky 7.
Production manager/FOH engineer Richard Belisle carries all of his own cables, mics, stands and FOH processing. “Actually, the band owns the vocal mics,” notes Belisle. “They’re Shure 55s, the ‘old-school’ mic, but they’re reloaded with 58 capsules.” Except for AKG C3000s on overheads, all of Belisle’s other mics are Shures: a Beta 91 on kick, a Beta 57 on snare, an SM81 on hi-hat, Beta 98s on toms and under the ride cymbal, and Shure KSM32s on the Reverend’s Fender amps. Belisle uses only 16 inputs in the Yamaha PM4000 console. “I’m at the age where less is more,” comments Belisle. “I don’t use a bottom snare mic, and I’ve never understood why people do.”
For dynamic control, Belisle uses an Aphex 661 tube compressor on lead vocal, with another 661 on the bass direct out, but no compression on the bass mic. He also assigns dbx 1066s to the kick, snare and overheads, with Aphex gates on the drum kit. Other effects include TC Electronic M3000 and M5000 reverb engines, a Roland SDE 3000 for delay and a Yamaha SPX990 for doubling the vocal.