New York, NY (May 22, 2017)—Currently making the rounds on its One More Light tour, backing its new album of the same name, Linkin Park is traveling with more than just new songs. In fact, the band as a whole has embarked on a new way of handling its IEMs as longtime monitor engineer Kevin “Tater” McCarthy has implemented a new Klang:fabrik 3D monitoring system.
Tater has a pair of Klang:fabrik units in a rack beneath his DiGiCo SD7 mixing console. The Klang:fabrik is extremely flexible in that the engineer can determine the best mix of inputs, outputs and sampling rate for the specific act or situation. “I’m running the Klang at 96 kHz and can use all eight outputs and have enough processing for 27 inputs,” he said. The show is actually more like 95 inputs, so he’s running a mix of stems and individual channels.
“The first time we used it with just a crew check,” he recalled, ”I moved the bass guitar so that it was coming from way behind them. And when the first bass note hit, literally every person on that stage turned around 180 degrees and took a step backwards.”
While that note might’ve been loud, that’s an anomaly on Linkin Park’s stage. “I’ve been able to substantially lower levels in the in-ear mixes for the entire band—especially the click track,” said Tater. “I just move that right to the front center of the 3D field, like it’s right at their forehead, and then I cut its volume in half. The sound kind of sits there in its own little bubble and, since it’s not sonically competing with anything else, it does not need to be nearly as loud.”
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