Mexico City, Mexico (May 15, 2019)—FOH live engineer Juan Payan has been on the road this year with Mexico’s musical mainstays, Los Temerarios, playing to 10,000-plus fans a night. Along for the ride are a pair of new SSL L100 consoles, used at FOH and monitors, for the tour.
Payan is tackling the FOH mix, while Juan Carlos Granados is handling monitors. Payan first discovered the console through a training event with SSL’s live specialist Fernando Guzman. “It was during this event that the sound of the console immediately impressed me. I knew I needed to have one,” Payan explains. “I’ve had it out on the road with me since February, and everything has been working perfectly; no issues at all.
“I really love the preamps and I don’t need to touch the gain, because it instantly sounds amazing. The separation I can get between the instruments allows me to generate real width in my mix,” he says.
Payan is running 52 channels at FOH, and the band is a seven-piece. A big sounding band needs a big sound, he says: “The EQ is also amazing; as soon as you dial it in, you can tell it’s very reactive, and easy to tap into any frequency. Plus, I use the SSL reverbs on my drums and vocals, and I utilize the delays a lot across the console.”
Payan concludes, “The shows have been fantastic, and it’s down to us having the best audio setup we could possibly have.”
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