Student engineer Matt Hamilton
verifies stage inputs as Tony
Cottrill oversees from behind
the drum kit.Nashville, TN (August 10, 2009)–Belmont University was chosen to record Muriel Anderson’s All-Star Guitar Night at the Ryman Auditorium on July 18.
The show, which included performances by a veritable who’s who of guitar players, was recorded by Tony Cottrill, Belmont’s Live Sound Coordinator, with assistance from student engineers Nick Kaumeyer, Matt Hamilton and Elliot Wiley. In addition, Bil Vorndick, audio engineer and longtime adjunct instructor of Audio Engineering Technology at Belmont, served as stage manager for the show. All proceeds were auctioned to benefit the Music for Life Alliance, a charity established by Anderson to help raise money to provide children with instruments and music education.
The student engineers assisting with the event serve on the staff of Belmont’s student-run live sound company, Clear as a Bell (CAAB). The brain-child of Cottrill, CAAB is based on a working model of a real-world sound reinforcement company. “The company books events, gives quotes on productions, maintains gear, supplies engineers for shows, preps the sound system and maintains the books,” Cottrill said. “It’s completely student-run and student-staffed.”
All CAAB employees have either completed or are currently enrolled in Belmont’s Audio Engineering Technology Advanced Sound Reinforcement course. The event’s live tracking was created on Belmont’s Live Sound Department’s new Digidesign Venue Profile and Mix Rack direct to Pro Tools 8 LE, and the students had the privilege of working with performers such as:
Muriel Anderson (National Finger picking Champion & Show Founder)
James Burton (Wild Man of Telecaster & Elvis’ Guitarist)
Tommy Emmanuel (Grammy-Nominated, Current LEGEND AWARD)
Nokie Edwards (NEW LEGEND AWARD Recipient & Ventures Hero)
Duane Eddy (Grammy-Winning, Rock & Rock Hall of Fame Inductee)
Thom Bresh (Merle Travis’ Son & Hall of Fame Inductee)
Pete Huttlinger (National Finger style Champion & Finger picking Wonder)
Strunz and Farah (Grammy-Nominated, Billboard Chart-Topping Duo)
Don Alder (“The Hendrix of Acoustic Guitar”)
Greg Bennett (Renowned Guitar Designer & Finger style Player)
Rick Vito (Fleetwood Mac, Seger, Raitt Guitarist Extraordinaire)
The Johnny Hiland Band (Nashville’s Amazing Electric Supergroup)
Ladd Smith (Guitar Player Magazine’s Guitar Superstar)
Randy Leago on saxophone (Master Multi-Instrumentalist)
With a special appearance by the Little Kids Rock Band
Clear as a Bell is a working / real world sound company, charging clients according to complexity of show, equipment upkeep costs and staff engineer show fees. The purpose of the company is to focus Belmont students on what it takes to work in this field, providing experience in all aspects of touring from initial contact from buyer to system design. CAAB has three main systems: a PA for smaller musical and speaking events; a mid-size festival system and a festival PA for events up to 2,000 people; the larger festival package is based around a Digidesign Venue Profile FOH mix console, the Yamaha M7CL-48 digital monitor console and a JBL VRX line-array with EAW subwoofers.