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FOH Engineer Shane Bardiau Chooses Waves Plugins, SoundGrid® and MultiRack for Twenty One Pilots Tour
KNOXVILLE, TN, November 20, 2018 — Front-of-house engineer Shane Bardiau chooses a variety of products from Waves Audio , a leading provider of digital signal processing solutions, for Twenty One Pilots’ “Bandito” tour, including Waves plugins, SoundGrid® and MultiRack.
Bardiau comments, about his setup, “On this tour I’m running a DiGiCo SD5 at FOH with a Waves SoundGrid Extreme Server , two DiGiGrid MGB’s and a network switch. The two DiGiGrid MGB’s allow me to track all my inputs at 96k, which enables me to use virtual soundcheck with a MacBook running Waves Tracks Live . This has been quite a game changer! I’ve got a vertical touch screen running my Waves MultiRack / SoundGrid software, so I can easily access my plugins. I have to say that I am very pleased with my current setup. I like to think of it as a digital rack full of all the best existing comps and channel strips, classics and modern.”
About using Waves MultiRack, Bardiau remarks, “Being able to use Waves plugins in a live environment has taken my mix to the next level. The console alone is great, but when you add the whole ‘Waves universe,’ you can expand your sound in so many different ways that you really get creative with the mix. So much fun!”
Bardiau adds, about using the Waves Extreme Server, “Even though it’s only two guys on stage, we’re still at 78 inputs. The Extreme Server has enough power to run 28 rack spaces and all 33 of my plugins simultaneously while staying under 70% capacity! This gives me confidence that I will not experience any issues during our show. Something I absolutely need in a live environment!”
Regarding his go-to Waves plugins, Bardiau comments, ”Hands down, my must-have is the Waves C6 Multiband Compressor . I use this plugin on a lot of different inputs, but having it on my master bus has been a huge advantage. Currently, I’ve got my vocal group side-chained to the middle band, at around 1k so that when Tyler (Tyler Joseph) sings, it punches a little hole out of the mix for his vocals to sit right on top, no matter how loud the mix is. I am also really liking the sound of the Waves SSL plugins. I’ve currently got the SSL G-Master Buss Compressor on all my busses. Having it crush with quick responses on the parallel drum bus makes my drums have a huge sucking sound, giving them massive life. I am extremely impressed with the Waves H-Reverb Hybrid Reverb plugin. I’ve listened to a lot of different plugins, as well as on-board verbs and nothing compares when it comes to the Waves in-box reverbs. And of course MaxxVolume , which has done wonders in getting my vocal to pop. Not to mention its gate, which is so good for a vocal. It is sensitive and accurate.”
He continues, “Thanks to Waves, my mix has more dimensions than ever before, creating more space to work with. Vocals pop out and instruments are spread wider than I ever thought possible in a stereo setup, all making my job easier and allowing me to be more creative so I can focus on providing a unforgettable sonic experience!”
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Photo caption: FOH Engineer Shane Bardiau
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