San Franciso (July 22, 2004)–Recently Voted “Best Live Music Venue” by the San Francisco Weekly and “Coolest Bar or Club for Summer 2004” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Independent has become a top place to catch bands doing their thing live. Part of that is because John Karr, head engineer at the venue, was given the green light by management to essentially build his dream audio system, which included gear from a slew of major manufacturers including Midas, Electro-Voice, Lexicon and Atlas.
“After 18 years of mixing on other rigs, I finally was able to put in the equipment I always wanted,” said Karr. “We have a great room and great gear, but I must give major props to our excellent staff. They really are the best in the Bay Area.”
To compliment a 48 channel Midas Legend Console, a 4 way EV X-Array rig, and outboard racks stocked with TC Electronic, Lexicon and Klark-Teknik processors, Karr selected Atlas microphone stands. “Besides monitors, the microphone stands get the most abuse, and probably see the most amount of wear and tear,” he observed. Commenting on his choice of Atlas stands, he noted, “They are really the best mic stand you can buy, period.”
That dream system has been busy in recent times, having provided sound for artists such as The Stills, The Zombies, Toots and the Maytals (with Bonnie Raitt), Buckethead, The Old 97s, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Johnny Winter and the legendary MC5.