Nashville, TN (September 28, 2016)—Songwriter turned Grammy-winning singer Meghan Trainor just finished her summer tour, having hit the road this year with audio support from Clair Global. The sound reinforcement company, in turn, provided monitor engineer Tony Luna and FOH engineer Mike Fanuele with DiGiCo SD10 desks to mix on.
Both engineers are using the SD10s paired with a Waves Extreme server and waves Mercury bundle package. Luna also uses a MacBook Pro running Waves Tracks for virtual playback. The 54 inputs (full band with a horn section) go through Dolby processing, Lab.gruppen amps and Clair’s i-3 PA rig.
Fanuele approaches a mix with most outputs feeding more than one group. “Drums are a good example,” he says. “For instance, the snare and kick each have two mics. But those mics feed a snare group and a kick group, and the actual inputs do not live on the top layer of the SD10. And each of those groups becomes part of a larger drum group.” This approach allows him the flexibility to make minute adjustments to each input, but still grab one fader for snare or kick or even the entire drum mix on the fly.
Neither engineer is using a lot of plug-ins. For example, Fanuele uses a lot of compressor channels, but most of it is DiGiCo’s onboard processing. “The drums are actually more layered than that,” he describes. “There is a snare group that is treated with just EQ and maybe 2 dB of compression. Then the same two mics feed a ‘snare compressed’ group, and the sum of those two groups feeds an overall snare control group. But I’m only using plug-ins—in terms of inputs—on Meghan’s vocal. Everything else—all EQ and compression on inputs—is on the SD10.”
Luna shared, “I started in February of last year and knew right away that she [Trainor] was going to be huge. Her range and writing—plus she’s just a really cool person. I love the artist and tools we get to use—a big shoutout to Clair Global who has been with us from the beginning. It’s a great gig.”