New York (May 11, 2010)–On Carrie Underwood’s current North American tour, SR provider Clair has placed a Studer Vista 5 SR digital console at front-of-house.
Underwood’s current production is elaborate, with 12 tractor-trailer trucks alone transporting the tour’s equipment. When it comes to mixing each show, however, front-of-house engineer Randy Lane says his responsibilities are relatively straightforward: “I like to make sure that Carrie’s vocal is the focal point, but I’m also trying to make sure that what the band plays on stage is conveyed accurately to the audience,” he says. “She has a top-notch band with her and I’m trying to capture exactly what they play and just stay out of the way.”
Lane’s familiarity with the Studer Vista family of consoles is rooted in broadcast. “A lot of television studios in Los Angeles use Vista 8 consoles and I had listened to some of those,” he says. “I was very impressed with how creative you could be without having to rely on plug-ins. Just having the front end of the console sounding right is a huge step. Honestly, before using the Vista 5SR, I still preferred analog consoles, because I never felt that the microphone preamp and EQ stages of digital consoles were of as high quality. The Vista 5 SR has totally changed my view on that.”
Underwood’s tour has gone over well, says Lane. “The crowds have been fantastic. The first few shows were in smaller venues and in the fall, the tour plans to move to the larger arenas. Carrie is absolutely one of the best vocalists I’ve worked with. She comes in for every sound check completely prepared. Every day at rehearsal, she was 100 percent ready for what she was doing with each song. It’s an absolute pleasure to see that level of professionalism and it certainly doesn’t hurt that she can belt it out.”