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- Choosing the PA for the venue
- Setting up points, motors and cables, and trusses
- Getting the best use of both analog and digital signal paths
- How Rush gets that Geddy, Alex, and Neil live sound
- Setting up the digital monitor mix console
- Doing the line check and sound check
- Using audience microphones to connect the band to their fans
- Getting even coverage in a large arena
- Working the monitor console and the power of snapshots
- Loading out of the venue
Skill Level Intermediate
- Hi, my name is Brent Carpenter, I'm currently on tour with Rush as their monitoring engineer. I've been working with the band for 11 years, and I have almost 600 shows under my belt with the guys. Come follow me on 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 10 hour day, you had to put it all back into boxes, and put it right back into 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, miking setups, amplification systems, speaker arrays, live show cuing, in-ear monitor systems, recording, and a lot more. So welcome to Live Sound Engineering Techniques: On Tour with Rush. Let's get started.