Manchester, UK (May 26, 2015)–Monitor mixer Nahuel Gutierrez has been using an SSL Live. L500 console supplied by Britannia Row on the current world tour by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, the band led by its namesake former Oasis songwriter/guitarist.
While he worked for Oasis in the past as well, Gutierrez has also mixed for The Cure, Jamiroquai, Jake Bugg, The Prodigy and The Vaccines.
“My favourite feature is the stems.” comments Gutierrez. “I send the individual keyboards to Mike [Rowe], so he gets all the keyboards without going through the keys stem, but, for everyone else, I just use the stem, so it’s just one fader. The same goes for the horn section; the horn players get individual channels, but everyone else just gets the horn stem, just one fader. It has made my life so easy.”
Gutierrez uses three reverbs: one for vocals, one for horns and a third for the acoustic guitars, plus a delay for Gallagher’s vocal. “Live’s effects are beautiful, definitely one of the biggest improvements from the desk that I was using before.” adds Gutierrez. “The overall sound from the SSL is beautiful, the top-end particularly is amazing. It is crisp, round and especially natural. I can personally hear that SSL Live sounds different in my in-ears, which are always my reference.”
“The automation is amazing” he says. “If the bass player wants a little more bass overall you can add 1.5dB on an absolute or relative basis across every scene, or every scene in a group. It’s very intuitive. And having the group, relative, and absolute buttons right there at the touch of your fingers is one of the handiest things I’ve ever had. I made it really easy for myself, to be honest. I made a mix for every single song and after two months now I’m getting to the point where I can fully enjoy the ease-of-operation.”
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