New York (January 3, 2007)–Pearl Jam’s FOH engineer, Greg Nelson, has begun mixing the band’s shows on a Digidesign Venue digital console, provided for the band and its tours by Rat Sound Systems.
Greg Nelson with the Venue console used on Pearl Jam’s most recent tour.”I decided on the Venue after Dave Skaff, Venue’s live sound product specialist and a longtime monitor engineer, showed me how he was using it on U2,” said Nelson. “I really got excited after we did some dates with Tom Petty and Robert Scovill [FOH engineer and Digidesign’s live sound market manager] let me play around with his [D-Show] console and [its] wide array of processing. It was so simple to learn and very easy to use–I had 90 percent of the console figured out after about 20 minutes during a run-through one day. I played with it for about half a day, then did a show.
“The first shows I did with Venue were at the Gorge in Washington,” said Nelson. “It was 110 degrees the first day and 116 degrees the second, and the board performed fine. It didn’t even get hot! It has traveled to Europe and braved the roads of the old Eastern bloc [and] had no problems.”