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Follow along with Brent Carpenter on tour with Rush, as he demonstrates what it is like to be a live sound engineer for a major rock show. We shadow Brent and the Rush sound crew as they prepare for the Denver, Colorado, show on their Clockwork Angels tour, where the band is set to perform for 12,000 fans. After the gear is loaded into the venue, Brent explains how he and the crew set up the rigging, amp racks, and fly the speaker arrays to make sure well-balanced stereo sound reaches every seat in the arena. He also shows how he sets up his console to mix the onstage sound for Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart and configures the in-ear monitor system and balance of audience mics for each member of the band. Then we get to sit backstage with Brent and watch what he does during line check, sound check, and the actual show. After the fans file out, see how all the equipment comes back down and is packed away so the cycle can start all over in the next city.
Hi, my name is Brent Carpenter, currently on tour with Rush as their monitor engineer. I've been working with the band for 11 years and have almost 600 shows under my belt with the guys. Come follow me on a typical day on an arena-level rock tour. Audio engineering on a tour is not just about audio engineering. Imagine, if you will, when you went to work in the morning you had to take your office out of a tractor trailer, set it up, assemble it, and then at the end of your eight or nine or ten hour day, you had to put it all back in the box and put it right back in another truck to let it meet you in the next city.
That's what I do everyday. I'm going to take you around the live sound setup for Rush on their Clockwork Angels tour, showing you the front of house monitor consoles, micing setups, amplification systems, speaker arrays, live show cueing, in-ear monitor systems, recording, and a lot more. So welcome to live sound engineering techniques on tour with Rush. Let's get started.
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