Jeff Sandstrom, one of two FOH engineers who employed Waves plug-ins at Passion 2013.Tel Aviv, Israel (January 22, 2013)—For Passion 2013, an annual gathering of over 20 million young Christian adults, FOH engineers chose Waves Audio as the festival’s plug-in developer.
The event, held January 1-4 in Atlanta, GA’s Georgia Dome, drew a crowd of over 60,000 college students for a series of prayer, inspirational speakers, worship and other events gear towards promoting an end to human slavery. Engineers Jeff Sandstrom and Stephen Bailey mixed FOH at Passion 2013 using Avid Venue consoles and the Waves Mercury and Studio Classics Collection bundles. Performers for the event included: Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Crowder, Kristian Stanfill, Christy Nockels, Charlie Hall, Jesus Culture, Lecrae and Kari Jobe. Aside from the live music, the event was also streamed live and recorded for a live album, and Waves tools helped the engineers every step of the way.
“Waves LoAir enabled me to get great separation between the kick drum and the bass guitar, despite being in a huge space like the Georgia Dome,” commented Sandstrom, who mixed FOH for Chris Tomlin, Passion City Church, Israel Houghton and New Breed. “The ability to dial in those low frequencies really helped add clarity and definition to the bottom of my mix. Also, Vocal Rider was an ideal solution in an environment where several worship leaders sing at the same time, and back off their mic's frequently, allowing the audience to take over. Vocal Rider takes a lot of the guesswork out of it for me, helping to automate some of those fader moves, so I can concentrate on the main vocal.”