Keith Urban's FOH engineer, Steve Law
Keith Urban’s front-of-house engineer Steve Law and monitor engineer Jason Spence both manned Studer Vista 5 SR consoles at the recent NFL Live Kickoff concert in New York City’s Columbus Circle as part of Clair’s support package for the award-winning country music artist.
The event was broadcast nationally on NBC and the NFL Network, with on-site broadcast support by Metrovision, whose OB truck featured a specially-configured Studer Vista 5 console, with mixing by John Bates and support by truck technician Mike Christopher.
Deion Sanders hosted the concert, which featured live performances by Usher and Natasha Bedingfield in addition to Keith Urban, with guest appearances by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NFL greats Lawrence Taylor and Warren Sapp.
New York City–based Firehouse Productions and Clair collaborated to create a temporary outdoor concert venue. Led by senior engineer Mark Dittmar, Firehouse supported the main stage with JBL VerTec VT4889 full-size line array elements in towering arrays on either side of the stage, while Mike Wolf, Clair’s corporate services manager, led a team on-site that relied on the company’s own proprietary JBL-loaded i-3 and i-4 line array enclosures for extended audience-area coverage and delay tower positions.
Jason Spence, Keith Urban’s monitor engineer
According to Spence, “Sonically, the [Studer Vista 5 SR] console sounds stunning. Hands down, it is one of the best-sounding consoles I’ve ever mixed on— even from my studio experience. It’s the most intuitive digital console control surface on the market. You get a very analog feel with the ‘inline’ design of the channel strips. It’s just a matter of grabbing a knob on any given channel on the control surface and adjusting. No digging through page after page or guessing which virtual knob you need to grab to adjust a parameter.
“We had 61 inputs for the concert, playing eight songs over about 45 minutes,” Spence continues. “And because we brought in our tour’s preprogrammed Vista 5 SRs, we were able to interface with the local production via analog splits or digital splits right off the desk.”