By Janice Brown
Fishers, IN (August 2, 2005)–During one of its busiest seasons, leading up to this summer’s biggest concerts and festivals, Tour Design decided to upgrade one of the eight studios at its facility in Fishers, IN. Time was of the essence for this project, as Tour Design vice president Jon Shults was in the midst of work on a big Ozzfest campaign when Sweetwater jumped on the case.
Sweetwater senior sales engineer Mike Picotte led the effort. “Jon was pretty busy working on some material for Ozzfest, and we needed to find a good time to get everything installed without disturbing his work schedule,” explained Picotte. “We closed the deal late on a Friday when Jon was flying back on a late flight from California, and three of us went down the very next morning to do the install so he could get to work right away. We had to take everything that was previously in the room out to set up his new system.”
One of Tour Design’s eight audio-editing suites, Shults’ studio is primarily used for producing concert tour spots for the touring industry, in addition to album spots and EPKs. Upgrading the room from a Pro Tools TDM-based studio, Sweetwater brought in a Macintosh G5 with dual cinema displays and Pro Tools HD3 Accel system, with a Digidesign 192 I/O interface, a Control 24 control surface, and Apogee Big Ben serving as a word clock.
Sweetwater also outfitted the studio with Genelec 8040A nearfield monitors and some key pieces of outboard gear, including an Eventide Harmonizer. Picotte added, “For Jon’s voice, we went with a GML 2032, which provides a great preamp with a very natural-sounding EQ. Patched into the insert point is an Empirical Labs Distressor for compression that also works very well on Jon’s voice. We also have the option of patching in an outboard 1176 limiter if needed.” Picotte also noted, “Tour Design also does a lot of video work, so we integrated the capability for him to post to video as well, which was needed for the Ozzfest promotions.”
Shults was pleased with Sweetwater’s efficiency, saying the overall job was completed quickly and problem-free. “Sweetwater managed to pull this move off, getting everything installed in a matter of 24 hours, which saved the day. They were able to set everything up with virtually no errors whatsoever in an extremely timely fashion.”
Tour Design has recently produced tour spots for A Perfect Circle, Sarah McLachlan, and Aerosmith, as well as album spots for Toby Keith and Trace Adkins, among many other major artists.