Jay Phebus (middle) with Vertical HorizonNew York (January 4, 2010)—Nineties pop rock act Vertical Horizon will hit the road in February with FOH engineer Jay Phebus manning an Allen & Heath iLive T-Series digital mixing console.
Phebus doubles as tour manager for the band, which is best known for its 1999 double-platinum album, Everything You Want. This year, the band will be promoting its new album, Burning the Days, with a standard iLive T-112 control surface with iDR-32 MixRack at the FOH position.
“It’s got a great sound, a small footprint, and it’s incredibly flexible,” said Phebus. “Vertical Horizon is a relatively straightforward rock band, with two guitars, three vocals, bass and drums. There’s also some triggered percussion and keyboard parts from a hard disc machine, to give an authentic feel to their hits.”
With time-intensive duties as both FOH engineer and tour manager, the iLive was a solid choice for Phebus: “It’s a fraction of the setup time. The other day, I was busy and, literally 15 minutes before sound check, hadn’t even walked into the building. I walked in, put my iLive together, and was ready to rock. Nobody knew the difference.”
For Vertical Horizon, Phebus did request one upgrade to the standard T-112. “I did add the MADI card to enable live recording on my Alesis HD24,” he notes. “The sound coming off the iLive is so good, you could release it as a live album.” It’s a technique that Phebus has come to rely on, having used it to record live performances for other clients such as Joe Bonamassa and King’s X.
Phebus’ favorite aspect of the desk is the dynamics section: “It’s the main feature of the entire console, and it’s always there, right in your face. You see signal flow in four different places – on top of the channel, coming into the gate, coming into the compressor, and coming into the limiter. It’s so easy to follow.”
Allen & Heath iLive
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