New York (April 23, 2007)–Blake Suib has been mixing recent tours by singer and guitarist John Mayer on a Digidesign Venue live sound digital mixing console. Suib has been making use of various features, such as Virtual Soundcheck, snapshots and plug-ins.
“There are so many ways to use this console to enhance the monitor experience for the artist,” he said. “In the past you got one shot a day to get your mix right. After that, you would have to wait until the next soundcheck or show to try again. With the click of my mouse and Virtual Soundcheck, I can play back and listen to all the mixes just as if the band were playing live. I can now sit down and do mixing sessions with one band member at a time and fine-tune his or her mix.”
Suib is also enamored with plug-ins: “I am a gear freak-I love the sound of good compression, effects, and EQ. By using the available plug-ins, I have access to almost anything I could ever want. In the past there were always a few things I would have loved to have in my rack-certain compressors or reverbs-but I knew that they would never stand up to life on the road. I now have them all.”
To streamline his workflow, Suib counts on the VENUE system’s powerful snapshot functions, which makes saving and updating his programming needs fast and easy. “I do two kinds of saves,” he explained. “The first one I call a ‘global save.’ This is used when I want my change to affect all songs or snapshots. The second one I call a ‘song save.’ This is used for a change that you would only want to occur in a certain song. I find it quick and easy to go back and forth between these different functions, [which] can be very hard to do on other digital systems while still trying to mix the show.”