Noting that Verse is a low-SPL space, McGuire points out that diners closest to the stage area can hear some musicians ambiently, while certain electronic instruments require reinforcement. “As you go further back in the room, you have to start incorporating some of those instruments that are ambiently loud enough at the front but not at the back. Using five separate stereo stems, and with SSL’s Query function on the stems taking me to Fader Flip for all the elements of that stem, I can create different balances from the front of the room to the back.”
An SSL ML32.32 analogue stagebox feeds signals from the performance area to the L300. “Then, at the L300, there’s a Dante expander card that goes to a Mac Mini that I use for local Avid Pro Tools recording and playback. I also use the MADI fiber effects loop to get in and out of my Universal Audio UAD-2 Live Rack, which I use for all the reverbs; I like their EMT140 and 250, and Lexicon 480 and 224,” says McGuire.
A RedNet MADI to Dante Bridge links the ML32.32 stagebox over fiber to the Larrabee studios 500 feet away. “We’re pretty much recording every performance,” Marroquin reports. In addition to tracking to the local Pro Tools setup, artists can stream their performances over the link to a hub in Larrabee’s machine room, which can feed any K Series or Duality console in the complex, according to availability. “Channels 1 through 32 come up right on the desk,” he says. Larrabee’s collection of microphones and instruments, which include a Yamaha C7 grand piano, are also available to performers at Verse. “My workflow is to get the band to play and track them into Pro Tools from the very start,” says McGuire.
McGuire adds, “I’m so inspired every time I get on an SSL. It’s why I do what I do. I can’t tell you how many times, being a production manager as well, I’ve had to fight to make sure I have an SSL, because for me, inspiration is everything.”
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