NEW YORK, NY—Neon Trees’ latest
album, Pop Psychology, debuted at
number one on Billboard’s Top Rock
Albums chart warranting an extended
tour that will find ‘The Trees’ on the
road until late fall.
|Neal Duffy, FOH engineer for Neon Trees, with an Allen & Heath iLive T‐112 console used on the band’s UK tour leg.
“Some nights, it’s a concert hall or
big club and everything has a pretty
normal schedule.” shares Neal Duffy,
FOH Engineer for the band.
“Other nights, it a festival
show and everything is Go!
Go! Go!” Duffy has been
with the band for three
years, but all along, his aim
has been to emulate the band’s album
sound in concert. “Before I went out
with the band this time, I spent a lot
of time with their recordings,” begins
Duffy. “I want to recreate for the fans
the sound they have been listening to,
but put my artistic touch on it
to make the live setting fresh.”
A good sound starts with
good input, and the band
tour s with a sizable mic
complement. Vocals are captured
with Audio-Technica AE6100
handheld mics for the leads and the
AE4100 model for the rest of the
band. Meanwhile, the guitar and bass
cabinets are miked with AT4040s and
a Sennheiser e 609, respectively. For
the drums, there’s a Shure Beta91 on
the kick, and a Yamaha Subkick, too;
otherwise, the drums are surrounded
by Sennheiser e 604s on the toms,
Audio-Technica ATM450s on hat
and snare bottom, ATM650 on snare
top and AT4033s for overheads.
Rounding out the stage capturing are
a slew of Radial DI boxes.
For the U.S. leg of the tour, Duffy
has been using an Allen & Heath
iLive-144 modular console at the FOH
position with an iDR-10 and iDR-32
rack set up to fulfill opening act needs.
Also on-hand at FOH is a Focusrite
RedNet 4 preamp interface and a
Manley VoxBox for the lead vocals.
“I’ve been using Allen & Heath
for three years now,” said Duffy. “It’s
a stable and sonically beautiful surface…
then you have their tech support
and there really is no comparison.”
“I’m at a gig and some people are
checking out my original compact iLive
T-112 console with comments, like
‘What’s that toy?’ because of the small
footprint. I always say to them, ‘listen
to my show, then we’ll talk about it.’ Afterwards,
they come back and want to
know everything about the ‘toy!’”
At stageside, monitor engineer
Mike Bangs oversees another Allen
& Heath iLive console—this one a
T-112—with an iDR-48, which sends
mixes to a cross-stage monitoring and
front-fill solution. The unusual arrangement
places a Vue Audiotechnik
al-8 element and hs-25 subwoofer on
both sides of the stage facing inward.
A pair of subcompact al-4 elements
in front of each al-8/hs-25 combination
provide additional front fill.
American Music & Sound (A&H US Distributor)