New York (December 1, 2005)–Having just completed a mini tour with Gwen Stefani, Black Eyed Peas have surpassed the eight million mark in CD sales, were recently named Best Pop Act at the 2005 MTV Europe Awards, and have grabbed four Grammy nominations and one Grammy nod. Along with accolades comes hightened expectations when audiences see the band live. Accordingly, monitor engineer Billy Flores has been doing his part to ensure the band has everything it needs from him on its current world tour.
Black Eyed Peas monitor engineer Billy Flores “This is a big band with a lot of people on stage so cues are vital; all mixes are reconfigured on a song-by-song basis,” said Flores, who is mixing the show on a Yamaha PM5D. Flores uses 47 of the console’s 48 inputs, with the last input provided solely to keyboard player and musical director, Printz, to talk directly to Flores using a Beta 58 microphone. “I have fourteen separate mixes, with principal band members all using personal monitors, and the rest of the band is on wedges”
Flores has been with the Peas for over one year, and for over a quarter-century mixed monitors for the likes of Sting and Eminem: “I used the PM5D for three weeks in the States prior to the European leg of the tour. That’s one of the reasons I specified it; I wanted to be able to cross the Atlantic with the show in my pocket and just load it into another 5D.”
The BEP U.S. leg of the tour is supported by Schubert Systems out of Los Angeles who supplies Flores with a plethora of microphones for the band including Shures for kick drum, snare, toms, Sennheiser 609s for both guitarists, Beta 58 and 87 wireless mics for band vocals, Sennheiser EW300s and Shure KSM9s just for starters. Front-of-house PA consists of a JBL VerTec rig, Lab.gruppen 6400 amps, dbx processing with four L-Acoustic Arcs and four 218 subs for sidefills. Mixing for the house sound is done on a Digidesign Venue console.
Although Flores admits that he doesn’t carry the PM5D manual around, he’s discovering something new everyday. “It just gets easier to use and although it took me a little time to get the hang of the console, the vibe from the band has been positive. This desk has become a permanent fixture,” said Flores.
Yamaha Corporation of America, Commercial Audio Systems Division