I was out on the road this past week-end. Performances Friday morning, Friday evening and Sunday morning. I am also preparing the studio for Skip and Jamie Prokop as they begin tracking basics next week. All in all, a pretty busy week-end on stage and in the studio.
The Friday evening concert was very interesting. Three of Canada’s premier tenors in Christian Music were featured: Hiram Joseph, Kevin Pauls and Cliff Cline. Cliff’s stage band, which includes me, my son and a drummer, provided the backup music for most of the evening.
The concert was hosted in a fairly large church with an incredibly long RT-60. I clapped my hands, and I estimated a room with close to 2 seconds. Great for organs and choirs. Not so good for contemporary music.
My wife, brave soul, provided sound support. She did an amazing job. With very little experience, she was able to work her way through a discontinued and somewhat rare console: the TOA CX-164. The channel strip is at the left. The board is a 16-channel 4-bus design with pretty limited EQ and I/O. And, not an obvious ergonomic design so even experienced mixers would need a little bit of time to ramp up and make the system go.
And, because of the highly reverberant soundfield, this was not an easy set to mix. Also, the local sound support had a limiter inline the main bus that brickwalled way too early. We could get no decent level beyond that which would be suitable for speech.
I found the culprit and, with some quick adjustments, namely the bypass switch, we found a credible sound system for the evening. No SPL meter but I think we keep the overall sound level to a respectable level for the concert.
I found it really hard to get a good sound from the guitar rig in that room. I switched the PRS out for the Strat to get an edgier sound that could cut through all the slapback. Always handy to have a Strat in the back pocket for halls like this one.
The concert went really well and we ended the event with a very upbeat rendition of a popular worship song. Those tenors could really sing.