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FOH AND SOUNDGIRLS.ORG
Mix was recently invited out to the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, Calif.,
at the tail end of Melissa Etheridge's fall tour. It was a rock 'n' roll show-
loud and clean, clearly defined guitar and punchy drums with a solid low
end. At FOH was Michelle Sabolchick, who besides Etheridge has been
out with Indigo Girls, Jewel, Gwen Stefani, Big Time Rush, Mr. Big and,
most recently, Goo Goo Dolls.
She also has devoted time over the past year, with colleague Karrie Keys,
to establishing soundgirls.org, a Website with the aim of connecting with and
mentoring young women who want to enter live sound. But first, Etheridge...
"Melissa's show is really pretty straight-forward," Sabolchick says. "It's
a four-piece band, including her, and everything you hear is coming from
those four people-no tracks, no loops, nothing that isn't being played by
someone on the stage. Her set can be very dynamic, just like her vocal.
Her microphone is a Telefunken M80, and the only thing I do to it is add
some compression. Other than that, a little reverb and delay and that's it.
She's got an amazing voice and it's got a lot of texture, so the only tricky
part is cutting a hole for it to fit into the mix."
Despite her decidedly analog mixing preference, on this tour she is carrying limited production, which includes a Midas Pro 6 for consistency
rather than relying on house-supplied boards. "The Pro 6 is a very goodsounding digital console, but I am an old analog girl. I've done my share
of mixing on digital over the past several years, and I still hate it. [Laughs.]
While I definitely see a place for
digital, analog just sounds better,
there's no two ways about it."
At the 2012 AES convention,
Sabolchick joined four other women onstage for a panel on women
in live sound. She realized at that
point that she had met only one of
the other panelists in all her years
in the business. So she and Keys
launched SoundGirls.org to help support young women coming up.
"In my 20-plus years of touring I have met many women and girls who
would like to get into live sound but don't know how to go about it," she
explains. "It's a tough business to break into, especially for women, but it's
not impossible. When I decided to pursue live sound as a career, I had no
idea where to begin. It was a lot of trial and error, taking every job I could
and learning as much as possible at every turn. I had several people who
were incredibly supportive and gave me opportunities. They had a terrific
work ethic and attitude and I feel lucky to have had the experience to
work with them and learn from them early in my career.
"At SoundGirls.Org there is so much experience to draw from," she
continues. "All of us in this business have our own stories to tell of how we
got our start and how we got our foot in the door. Through the Website we
are trying to provide a support network that women and girls of all levels
of experience can take advantage of as well as a road map for those who are
thinking about a career in audio but don't know where to start."
Photo: Todd Berkowitz
British pop/soul/R&B vocalist Jessie Ware has been
making rounds in Europe and North America at
festivals and mid-size concert venues since the August 2012 release of her debut full-length album,
Devotion (Island Records). For her fall 2013 tour of
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North America, Ware and her band-Dornik Leigh
in Philadelphia in November.
(drums), Joe Newman (guitar) and Alex Bonfanti
(synth and bass)-have been traveling with front-of-house engineer Johnny Dodkin
and monitor engineer James Livingston.
The tour is carrying a Midas PRO2 digital console for monitors, and Sennheiser
and Beyer mics, while using house-provided FOH consoles and P.A. systems. Ware
sings into a Sennheiser wireless mic with a 945 capsule. "Her vocal has a lovely
rasp that other mics don't really grab as well as the 945," Dodkin says. Onstage,
both Ware and Newman use Akai MPD26 USB/MIDI pad controllers to trigger
background vocals and loops. Leigh also cues loops from Roland drum pads. "For
this tour, the entire band have gone on in-ears," Dodkin says. "I have put the guitar amps offstage and turned them up a lot louder [than they] had been onstage.
This has made all the inputs cleaner: The clean guitar signal doesn't affect the
vocal, and the drums in turn don't affect the guitar signal."
When using Avid consoles at FOH, Dodkin uses Waves V9 plug-ins, including
the C4 Multiband Compressor, Renaissance Compressor, Renaissance Reverb and
SuperTap delay. "I also carry a Waves MaxxBCL [hardware processor], which I use
over the mix bus to really finish it all off." Dodkin says the FOH mix is about "Jessie's vocal mainly, but her music is really warm and soulful. The rhythm section
is the main backbone. Her voice is very powerful so there is always room for her."
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THUNDER AUDIO OPENS
Live sound reinforcement
provider Thunder Audio
( w w w.t h u n d e r a u d i o i n c .
com), based in Livonia, Michigan, has opened a new office
in Nashville in conjunction
with CTK Management. The
company is in its 34th year and has provided services for festivals and tours including the Detroit Movement Electronic
Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Faster Horses, Metallica, Alice
Cooper, Steely Dan, The White Stripes, Linkin Park, Diana
Ross, John Legend, and many other artists, along with more
than 60 corporate clients.
The new facility is located at 6705 Centennial Boulevard, in
Nashville, and includes a fully equipped private rehearsal space.
"This has been a long process of finding the right building to accommodate our businesses, as Nashville is such a
fast-growing city," says Thunder Audio's VP, Paul Owen,
who will head the new Nashville office. "Property availability here is unlike Michigan. Our main goal of being here is
to better serve our Nashville clientele, such as Dolly Parton,
Trace Adkins, Travis Tritt and more, and we are very excited about the future of the new branch."
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Mix - December 2013
Mix - December 2013
From the Editor
The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records
News & Notes
All Access: Nine Inch Nails
News and Notes: Michelle Sabolchick, Jessie Ware, Thunder Audio
On the Cover: DTS Headphone:X
Mastering on the Cutting Edge
Capitol Engineer Ron McMaster Cuts His Own (40-Year-Old) Tracks to Vinyl
Sound for ‘Ender’s Game’
Heavyocity for Heavy Melodies
29th Annual TEC Awards Nominees
News & Notes
Session & Studio News
Professional Audio Design, Boston
The Robair Report
Review: KRK Rokit G3 Series Monitors
Review: Sample Magic Magic AB Plug-in
Review: Sonic Farm Creamer Plus Preamp
TechTalk: Top Gear of the Year
Mix - December 2013