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Gert Sanner explaining the intricacies of mixing on a Soundcraft Vi6 to seminar attendees
MIX WITH THE PROS
Soundcraft recently wrapped up its ﬁrst U.S. Mixing With Professionals series, starring front-of-house engineer Gert Sanner (Deep Purple). “It was great fun to go to L.A. [Harman’s headquarters in Northridge, Calif.], and the ‘Mixing With Professionals’ sessions were very successful,” Sanner says. “We had a good mixture of participants from both the rock ’n’ roll world and the house-of-worship world. So it was people from all walks of mixing, so to speak.” The next seminar, featuring Erykah Badu FOH engineer Kenneth Williams (manning a Soundcraft Vi6 board), is slated for December 6 at Gibson Guitars’ Miami showroom, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and then repeated at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sign up for this free seminar at usa.soundcraft.com/mwp/events.aspx.
DOLLY PARTON MONITOR ENGINEER JASON GLASS
I’m using scenes extensively [on a Midas PRO9] as I have a lot of changes happening on layers that are out of sight and out of mind while I’m paying attention to Dolly. It really simpliﬁes the show for me; it’s also reliable and consistent. If I have a cue in the show, it’s exactly when I recall the scene instead of dialing it in on the ﬂy. I also love the POPulation groups: Everything I need is always right in front of me, just where I want it to be. I work so that the console’s Area B on my right is always Dolly, with my left hand for the band’s channels. I’ve set up a VCA group for each player, with one for the backing singers, and then I use POP groups for things like audience mics and reverbs. So aside from having the POP buttons in front of me to call it up, I also have the faders for each musician. If a player changes their instrument and I don’t like where it’s sitting in the mix, I have their VCA right in front of me, no matter what they’re playing.
Photo: Becky Fluke, Courtesy of Republic Nashville
A COVENANT WITH QSC
Covenant Church is the ﬁrst house of worship in the U.S. to purchase QSC’s new KLA Series ﬁxed-accurate active line array system, employing it across the church’s ﬁve Dallas-area campuses. The system will be in use in both indoor and outdoor events and comprises six KLA12 two-way/12-inch loudspeakers and four KLA181 18-inch subs. In addition, six K12 two-way/12-inch active loudspeakers are in use as outﬁll or stage monitors. The system’s ﬁrst outing was for the church’s annual Block Party outdoor event in late July. “They set up a big stage and we hung three KLA12 boxes per side off of the truss and had the four KLA181 The new KLA system in use at a recent Covenant subs on the ground,” says Slade Church event in late October Goplin, Covenant’s chief technical engineer/project coordinator. “When we plugged them in, we were really impressed at how powerful they were and how great they sounded. We ran all the speakers off of four 20-amp circuits. I thought we’d need more but we just plugged it in and see if we blew any breakers, but we didn’t!”
PLAYING FOR AWARENESS
At the end of October, Martina McBride wrapped up her ELEVEN Across America Powered by Amtrak tour, boarding a train for a fourday, 11-city trek to celebrate the launch of her latest eﬀort, Eleven. In conjunction with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Pink Together Express train is supported by General Mills, whose “Pink Together” campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer. The company contributed $1,000 to each of the local Susan G. Komen Affiliates along the tour. Her ﬁnal stop in New York City saw McBride performing a private concert atop the Empire State Building.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Mix - December 2011
Mix - December 2011
From the Editor
On the Cover
Carole King's Holiday Album
News and Notes
Classic Tracks: George Harrison ''Got My Mind Set on You''
Cheap Trick Do ''Dream Police''
Event Live Expo, ALMA Event
News and Notes
All Access: Mastodon
The Art of Flight in 7.1
New 500 Series Microphone Preamps
Miranda Lambert’s Four the Album
Bon Iver Live
Ask Eddie: Great Education Expectations
Review: Bax EQ
Review: Lindell Audio 17X compressor/limiter
Review: Neumann KH 120A studio monitors
TechTalk: What's In Your Ears?
Mix - December 2011