New York (October 2, 2007)--A perennial AES Convention highlight, the Platinum Road Warriors, moderated by Clive Young, Pro Sound News Senior. Editor and author of Crank It Up: Live Sound Secrets of the Top Tour Engineers, will offer insights from a freewheeling panel covering the latest trends, techniques and tools that shape modern sound reinforcement. Set for Monday, Oct. 8th from noon to 1:30, participating FOH engineers include:
Robert Scovill has accrued over 3,000 live event mixing credits during the course of a 27-year career, where he has mixed the likes of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Matchbox Twenty, Prince, Rush and Def Leppard, among many others. He is a technical consultant and product endorser for many manufacturers, including Neumann, Audio Technica, Electrovoice, Servo Drive and Alesis. He currently holds the position of Market Manager for Live Sound Products for Digidesign where he contributes to all aspects of that company’s presence in the live sound market. He also operates his own Eldon’s Boy Productions Inc. and MusiCanvas Recording Studio.
Brian Speiser began touring 10 years ago at the age of 20 when he began working for Long Island-based SK Sound. For the past eight years, he’s worked as the front of house engineer for They Might Be Giants, and has mixed several live releases for the band as well as a live Direct TV concert filmed for Disney Records. Additionally, he was Ryan Adams’ front of house engineer for a spell, and has been handling FOH duties for The Indigo Girls on their tours around the world the last two years, as well as recently mixing a live DVD for the act.
Howard Page is the director of engineering for Showco, a division of Clair Brothers Audio. Having spent decades in the live pro audio business, Page has mixed tours for acts as varied as Van Halen and Sade, but his biggest impact arguably may be his conception and development of Showco’s Showconsole, one of the first digitally controlled analog live mixing desks--the sixth console he has designed and built over his career. A native of Australia, Page spent 17 years as a partner in Jans Concert Productions, before coming to America in 1989, where he has worked for Showco ever since.
Paul ‘Pappy’ Middleton first started mixing live sound for his own band in 1964--that led to mixing other bands and eventually he founded his own sound company, Jubilation Sound, in 1970. In the 1980s, he became a partner in Buford Jones’ Trax Recording Studio in Dallas, and variously mixed tours for Julio Iglesias, Kenny G. and, most notably, Bonnie Raitt, for whom he’s mixed ever since. He’s also mixed house for tours by Chris Isaak, Steven Curtis Chapman, and the Bleeding Hearts tour with Raitt, Shawn Colvin, Jackson Browne, Bruce Hornsby and David Lindley. He is also the owner of Palmyra Studios, just outside of Dallas, TX.
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