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Scenes from the Broadcast Trailer

27 Oct

One of the things I find truly fulfilling about my line of work is the variety of situations and events I’m tasked with handling. Recently, I was enlisted by the fine folks at Hite Media Services to handle the broadcast mix for Springfield, Missouri’s only late-night TV talk show, The Mystery Hour.

It was quite a trip getting out from behind the usual spot at front of house to set up shop in the slick control room trailer Hite Media has set up for such events. My world was based around a Behringer X32, a pair of nearfield monitors and an LCD display connected to a switcher allowing me to pick my view of the stage inside.

In one evening, three episodes are filmed, each with a variety of special guests, skits, interviews and a musical guest to top it all off. Episodes debut on Saturday nights in Springfield on Fox 5 at 9pm.  Following is the most recently released episode, featuring music from SPiNRaD at the 19 minute mark.

NOTE: I’d like to mention that while handled the broadcast mix on the record side, I had no control over the house mix and audience mics. For this taping, the house mix was loud enough to make its way into the lavs and audience mics, and this can easily be heard in the final product. Also, the audience mics are mixed in during post, which I am not involved with. I would prefer less audience and room sound in the mix overall, but you be the judge.

Audio for Video

29 Jan

It seems like I’ve been getting an unusually large number of projects tracking bands at live shows and mixing down for video. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a welcome change of pace from the FOH one-offs, I just find it interesting how after a good year of no such project, I now find myself working “audio for video” gigs every couple of weeks.

More often than not, I don’t see the video until it’s edited and synced with my audio, so I always enjoy seeing the finished product after the video folk have done their thing.  Yesterday I received a link to a video I tracked and mixed for back in October.  This particular song, a cover of The Beatles’ Across the Universe, was a bit tricky.  I wasn’t informed ahead of time that the band was bringing four additional members on stage for the song, but if you’re no stranger to live production, you can relate to the situation.  Though no show goes without its challenges and I’m happy with how everything turned out.

And now for the feature presentation:

Another of such projects, mentioned earlier, is the Gillioz Theatre’s First Friday Live. This Friday, Feb 1, marks the fourth installment of the series that has grown into a beast of it’s own. Originally only four shows were planned, but the Gilly crew has been busy booking local SGF acts for every First Friday through the end of summer. This time around I’ll be working with local basement rockers, The Bootheel, who, by the way, just released a great album.  To see all the Frist Friday Live videos release thus far, check out the Gillioz YouTube channel, and if you’re local, come out this Friday at 8:30 for The Bootheel’s performance.

Here’s one from J-None’s December First Friday Live rager:

And for those looking for something a bit more relaxed, check out highlights from January’s show with Bella Donna:

Back To Work

8 Sep

August is always an interesting month.  While it is considered by many to be summer’s last stand, I have found it to be more of a transition period into Fall.  There’s a lot of planning for what’s to come, but not really a whole lot happening in the now.  At least that’s been my August.

Of course, on August 9th, JJ Grey & Mofro, with support from Springfield’s own Speakeasy, quite literally had everyone in the Gillioz Theatre jumping out of their seats and dancing with joy.  No doubt the most jovial and, well, rowdy show I’ve seen at the historic venue.

JJ Grey & Mofro tearing up the stage.

In the few minutes of down time before the show started, I set up a couple of Shure KSM27 large-diaphragm cardioid condensers just in front of FOH up on the theatre’s balcony.  They were placed as a spaced pair, approximately 20 feet apart.  That spot in the theatre is a bit boomy, but was the unobtrusive to our patrons, and made getting signal to the console easy.  I used the preamps in the Gillioz’s Midas Verona 400 then ran direct out to the line ins on my Mackie Onyx 1640 (currently my only means of analog to digital conversion) and recorded via FireWire into Logic on my MacBook Pro.  Despite the less than perfect setup, I was able to get a pretty good recording of both bands’ sets.  With any luck they’ll let me share them with you in the near future–fingers crossed.

Since that show the theatre has been dark, but the office has been a whirlwind of booking and advancing Fall shows.  Tomorrow is a talk from PostSecret creator Frank Warren, the Banff Mountain Film Festival on Sept. 15, Tommy Emmanuel on Oct. 5, Oct. 9 is the sold-out Bryan Adams show and those are just the ones I can discuss…there’s much more in the works.  Stay tuned to the Gillioz website for show announcements and tickets or follow the @GilliozTheatre on Twitter  for up-to-the-minute news.

Other than my work at the Gillioz, I’ve been doing some freelance “tech director” work for upcoming concerts taking place on Drury University’s campus this fall.  On Oct. 1, Colbie Calliat is taking the stage at the O’Reilly Family Event Center with support from Andrew Grammer.  I find it excitingto be working a show in a different venue from the usual.  There’s no learning like doing.

And of course, there’s the job that’s treated me so well for so many years: disc jockeying.  This past weekend I had the pleasure of working a wedding in Columbia, MO.  Several friends have moved up there in the past year, so not only did I get to help make someone’s wedding one for the record books, but managed to hang out with some damn good people during my visit.

I’ll leave you with this shot of a packed floor for the last dance at John and Courtney’s reception.

Coming Soon: JJ Grey & Mofro

4 Aug

Ah, a little vacation goes a long way.  My buddy Craig, girlfriend Miranda and I just returned from riding 475 miles across Iowa with RAGBRAI 2011.  Nothing to do all day but ride to the next beer garden, 60-some miles down the road.  Needless to say, we’re already making big plans for next year.  Here we are with the Mississppi River at our final destination in Davenport, IA.

With the ride behind us, it’s time to return to the real world, but there’s still plenty to be excited about.  Next Tuesday, August 9th, the Gillioz Theatre is playing host to JJ Grey & Mofro.  I saw these guys for the first time earlier this summer at Wakarusa in Ozark, AR, and must say out of all the bands at the festival, they put on one of the most memorable performances.

Tickets are on sale now for only $20.  Order them online at the Gillioz website.  Opening the show are Springfield locals, Speakeasy, who will be sure to get the theatre warmed up for an unforgettable night of feel-good entertainment.

About that job…

15 Jul

Things at the Gillioz are going swimmingly.  Check out my “office:”

At the heart of the audio system is a Midas Verona 400.  Not a top end Midas by any means, but damn, it’s still a great sounding console with plenty of usable features.  We’re lacking in outboard gear, with only a T.C. Electronics effects unit and a handfull of Ashley equalizers in the racks. [Edit: Compression is coming soon!]  This rig only gets used for the smaller, local shows.  Obviously the touring acts require consoles of another pedigree.

Since the Warren Haynes show I mentioned last, we had an acoustic evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt.  Lovett’s voice really blew me away.  A truly great show.  They brought in some sweet purple road cases housing Midas XL4 consoles on 16 channel frames.

For some local events, there have been some notable artists on stage, too.  Steve Ewing, formerly of The Urge, played an acoustic set at the premiere of 180, a local film in which Ewing had a great cameo as a soft-spoken drummer.  The Lonely Wild, an LA based band with a guitar player calling SGF home, rocked the theatre while on their summer tour, and shared the stage with local act Bella Donna.  Those cats were a real laid-back treat with smooth stand-up bass, female lead vocals and a mixture of both clean electric guitar and dirty acoustic, reminiscent of Cake.  Another night we hosted a class reunion that featured the James River Band with special guest Randle Chowning, founding member of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.

Yesterday I drove up to St. Louis to rent some consoles from Logic Systems for this Sunday’s Gavin DeGraw show.  Those Logic guys have a cool thing going on.  I love the friendly dogs hanging out around the warehouse.  Anyhow, Gavin’s tour requires an Avid D-Show Profile at FOH and a Yamaha PM5D for monitors.  As far as I can tell, there isn’t a D-Show Profile for rent in the state of Missouri, so we picked up the full-size Venue.  Other than taking a huge amount of space at front of house, it should do quite nicely.

I love a good mysterious road-case picture.