FOH engineer Gordon Mack with one of the Digidesign Venue consoles used on the recent Chris Brown tour.New York (March 7, 2008)–Chris Brown recently wrapped up a winter tour, making the rounds with audio production provided by J&R Audio of Las Vegas, NV. Rick Camp, J&R’s senior audio consultant, designed the system around Digidesign Venue consoles.
Working with Brown’s technical crew–FOH engineer Gordon Mack, Pro Tools programmer Doug Saddler, and monitor engineer Chainey Harpe–Camp specified a system consisting of four D-Show consoles to handle both front of house and multiple monitor mixes, including 24 outputs, two side-fills, one subwoofer, a DJ rig, one drum sub, and 18 in-ear monitor feeds.
“As an FOH engineer by trade and a Pro Tools user since 1997, it just made sense for me to recommend using Venue live,” says Camp. “I had mixed a couple of one-offs on the D-Show about two years ago and fell in love with it. The D-Show software is [also] very intuitive. Its flow is that of an analog console for the most part.”
The Venue system’s Snapshot Recall and Virtual Soundcheck capabilities came in handy during the run as well. “[Virtual Soundcheck] gives the artist a chance to stand with the engineer at front of house and critique the mix and also the band’s performance during sound check,” Camp explains. “It allows for tweaking the comps and gates for as long as needed without having to have the drummer play. And you get his real show feel… something that most drummers won’t give you during sound check. Plus, you can also tweak the main lead vocal and get it just right before the actual performance.”