So with nothing else in the way, I’ve started prepping the audio system for the Classified tour. I decided to carry a Yamaha LS9-32 console on this tour. It’s by far the best option for this run as it’s a 32 channel console with 16 outputs, and it’s small and easy to move around. If space and weight were not a concern I would take out a Avid Venue SC48 or Profile, but since it is, I’ve gone with the LS9.
While working on a production on CMW I was able to build a console file within Yamaha’s Studio Manager software. It’s a lot easier to configure everything through the software since the console is so compact, a lot of the settings are hidden within different layers on the desk.
From there, I went into Clair’s warehouse down beside Sound Academy (where we will be doing pre-production next week). I was able to turn on the console, stick my file into the console with a USB key, and start working right away. I have some MP3 files on my USB stick and with the LS9 you can play back MP3s directly onto the console. It’s a pretty cool feature. I can also record directly to MP3 as well, so in theory I can record a show one day, and play it back the next to hear the PA system with a full show mix.
The beauty of this setup is that the console is the smallest thing in the pack. We’re carrying sidefills, two wedges for our DJ, 4 channels of wireless mics, 4 channels of In-ear Monitors, and an amprack.
Some of the gear is a bit bigger than I would have liked, but it will get the job done. I know there will be some clubs that won’t be able to facilitate this setup, but I’ll deal with that as it comes up.