Harris, Waves Make Most of Montreux

Music mixer John Harris employed Waves SoundGrid technology and Waves plugins in the Le Voyager broadcast truck at this year’s Montreux Jazz Festival.
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Knoxville, TN (September 1, 2015)—Music mixer John Harris employed Waves SoundGrid technology and Waves plugins in the Le Voyager broadcast truck at this year’s Montreux Jazz Festival.

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According to head technician Jerome Blondel, “The configuration we used in Le Voyager for mixing the Montreux Jazz Festival’s broadcast for the Stravinsky Hall was a SSL C200 HD console, and in order to run Waves plugins, we used the DiGiGrid I/O devices that handled the MADI/analog-to-SoundGrid conversion with a SoundGrid Server One that enabled us to run 32 inserts of plugins in low latency, all controlled via the Waves MultiRack plugin host that was running on an iMac.”

“We used the Waves CLA-76 compressor/limiter, Waves Renaissance Vox and Waves Renaissance DeEsser in some combination on pretty much everything: kick, snare, bass, guitars, keys and vocals,” reports Harris, music mixer for the Stravinsky Hall. “I used the Waves SSL G-Master Buss Compressor and the Waves L3-LL Ultramaximizer on the master output.”

He continues, “The Waves H-Reverb hybrid reverb is really fantastic. I was really taken with the 224 preset; I owned an analog 224 back then, and the H-Reverb is so like it it’s scary. I am a big fan of drum rooms, and the H-Reverb has a bunch. It is now a permanent part of my sessions.”

Harris says, “I needed a solution to getting Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s vocals to both ‘pop,’ separately of course, but it was more important to get them together for the Montreux Jazz Festival mix. They have different styles, volumes, microphones, monitoring, everything, but it had to sound like two halves of one whole. Combining the Renaissance DeEsser, Renaissance Vox and the CLA-76 Compressor/Limiter, with just a few tweaks, did the trick. I have the Waves SSL G-Master Buss Compressor at a ratio of 2:1 before it, just touching the signal, and the L3 set at -10, just tickling it.”

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