For the second year the City of Salem, VA Parks & Rec. chose CareySound to provide audio production and our partner SRO productions to provide the entertainers. In addition to local favorites Acoustic Endeavors from Roanoke, country stars Heartland and Billy Currington provided the music. One of our Dynacord Cobra systems proved once again to be the perfect solution for the sold out show. This year we added the Roland V-Mix to FOH duties. Our new Phoenix monitors were controlled by a MacBook Pro on stage connected wirelessly to the FOH desk running Roland M400-RCS remote control system software.
Dynacord Cobra II (6-Cobra II Tops & 4-Cobra II Subs) and sold out crowd.
EV Phoenix PX1122M monitors.
10,000 watts of EV TG-7 for FOH and 5.600 watts of EV CP400S for four mixes of monitors.
John Carey - HE, Ken Carey ME, Kent Martin of SRO Productions - Artists
In the interest of fairness, I must disclose a few things before I get started… One: I’ve known Ken for a long time and worked for him for a few years. Two: I hopped on the digital bandwagon quite a few years ago and cannot remember the last BIG show I mixed on an analog console. Three: I am a geek, not just an average gek, but a dyed in the wool, pure audio junky geek; I’m always looking for the newest, best, coolest audio gadget, from mics to mixers, I love it all. Four: I am not getting paid for this, but Ken did buy me dinner after I volunteered to help with a show. Finally, I stand by what I say, if you have questions or concerns about anything I write in here, I will be happy to discuss them in open dialog.
When I found out that Roland was making a Mixer for the snake, immediately I became very interested. This has some potential. I wasn’t too surprised to see Roland Boxes at Carey Sound, as I mentioned before, I am a geek, geeks know geeks, and Ken is a geek too. The problem is I KNOW Ken, he may be a geek, but he has his standards. First of all, the road case was not purple and it did not contain a product made in the UK. Second, It was digital, and did not have a touch screen. Somehow I did not see a match, especially after hearing some of Ken’s early digital experiences. So when I was told how cool it was, and how good it worked and how well it sounded and how many had already been installed, I knew it was time to take a closer look.
Mixing a symphony is one of my favorite things to do, but it was not what I was expecting to do that night. In these situations, there is no sound check, it’s usually hand on and GO! So I did. And what a ride it was. Granted, I’ve had quite a bit of digital mixing experience, but not on this console, although
About the author-- Rick Earl, a self described audio junky geek, prior to his tenure as HE for CareySound Productions in the 90’s, worked as FOH engineer for national recording artists Firehouse. He left us for a FOH position with Millie Jackson and then spent some time with SE Systems before landing a job with Guilford Tech as a teacher and then to his current position as Technical Director for Cultural and Special Programs at Elon University in Burlington.