Enrique Iglesias' audio team: Monitor engineer Eddie “El Brujo” Caipo (left) and FOH engineer Brad Divens.
New York, NY (March 18, 2015)—Playing to sold-out arenas around the country, the current Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull and J Balvin tour has been making the rounds with audio equipment from Sound Image (Escondido, CA), ranging from the sizable L-Acoustics K1 PA overhead to Avid Venue Profile desks at FOH, and a Profile and DiGiCo SD5 in monitorworld. Across the board, the mix teams have been using numerous Waves plug-ins.
Iglesias’ FOH engineer, Brad Divens, noted, “On this tour, my two must-have Waves plug-ins are the NLS Non-Linear Summer and the SSL G-Master Buss Compressor. I use the Waves NLS on the drum group, bass, guitar and vocal channels. It adds warmth and depth to whatever I use it on. It also gives the mix an analog vibe and helps to make it sound more musical. I use the Waves SSL G-Master Buss Compressor on my master buss to help tighten up the mix and also to give it some punch. I also use it on both of my drum groups for parallel compression.”
Over at monitorworld, Iglesias’ monitor engineer, Eddie “El Brujo” Caipo, shared, “I use the Waves SSL G-Master Buss Compressor on Enrique Iglesias’ vocal. I like to have it on a fast attack setting and a mid release at a 4:1 ratio, and it works great. I really like the way his vocal sounds with that on, and so does he. I use the Waves C6 Multiband Compressor on our lead guitar player when he switches to rhythm. That way, I can just compress the muddiness out of it, and it still keeps the nylon guitar sounding smooth in the low-mid section around 180–250 Hz.”
Will “Chilly Willy” Madera, FOH engineer for Pitbull, said, “On this tour, my two must-have plugins are the Waves Renaissance Vox and the Waves API 2500. I use the Renaissance Vox on all my vocals, and believe it or not, on all the congas and bongos. This plug-in brings them out in the mix and gives them that snap. Our percussionist just loves it. I use the API 2500 on my Master mix to glue the whole mix and get that nice punch and analog warmth.”