Felix Brenner, FOH engineer for John Fogerty’s Revival tour, uses Big Ben to clock Digidesign’s Venue console. New York (July 22, 2008)–The names John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival are synonymous with rock legend, but the man himself has a new album, Revival, out and a tour playing to packed houses and rave reviews around the world. The centerpiece of the FOH mix area on that jaunt is a Digidesign Venue console, clocked by an Apogee Big Ben.
“John is very involved in the way the band sounds to the audience,” remarks FOH engineer Felix Brenner. “He’ll actually walk around the arena during soundcheck and make sure it’s just how he wants it.”
“When the tour began, we were not using the Apogee [Big Ben] clock and the board sounded pretty good on its own,” says Brenner. “Then I heard that Big Ben was making a huge difference when used to clock the Venue. So we decided to try it out. The Big Ben arrived at the Reno gig and when we hooked it up, the difference was immediately obvious to me. Everything was smoother and tighter, just better clarity and frequency separation all around. The EQ’s and effects became much more responsive and less brittle as well. We did an A/B test, and one guy on the crew said it sounded ‘hollow’ without Big Ben. All of the sound guys, including the skeptics, were amazed by the contrast. In fact, the FOH guy for Billy Idol was there and was really blown away. He plans to clock their Venue board with a Big Ben now.”