New York, NY (January 19, 2016)—Hip-hop classicists Jurassic 5 spent much of 2015 touring the US and Europe, all the while with Front of House engineer, Aron ‘M-Sound’ Mandelbaum, and an SSL L300 live console and ML 32.32 Stagebox in tow, using them on 18 tour dates, including 5 festivals.
Inputs for the main show include all vocal mics (and spare), plus the outputs from the DJ mixers, and the console’s processing helped Mandelbaum fix an issue specific to the material that Jurassic 5 uses on stage. “Many of our DJ tracks have a kind of a mid-Nineties ‘happy face’ dip in the mid-range to make room for where the vocals were,” he said. “It was very common practice back in the day. I’ve had to make up for that quite often in the channels of other consoles in a really deep way…. [With the accuracy on the L300, it was incredible. I found the zone that needed to be pushed and at about 3 to 4dB up, it made up the difference nicely. On another console, I might have to add another layer of compression, or another parametric EQ to really get at that zone. That’s not an issue on this console. You go straight to the channel and do something to it, and it works. “
Mandelbaum found himself traveling around the console and trying different aspects of its control scheme. “I’m an explorer on a console,” he said. “Even though I have a short input list, I still use VCAs. I have three stereo faders on the DJs and I have all the artists on their own faders on the right. That way I can control input channels on the left, or open up an EQ, or do a bunch of other things over on my left,..”
Overall, Mandelbaum says the console is a ‘Lovely environment to work in’, with exceptional sound quality: “Everybody else has a timbre,” he notes “It’s as if there’s an actual flavor to other consoles. If you were to call the L300 a flavor, I would say that it’s ‘true.’”
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