Iconic ‘60s band The Zombies – whose long sequence of psych-pop hits included ‘Time of the Season’ and ‘She’s Not There’ – are back on the road with a Yamaha LS9-32 console at FOH.
While vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist/songwriter Rod Argent have worked together in various permutations over the last half-century, it is only during the last decade that the pair have re-employed the Zombies name. After enjoying huge success with a live revival of their 1968 baroque-pop classic Odessey and Oracle (the misspelling was not deliberate!), the band recently issued a brand new studio album, entitled Breathe In, Breathe Out.
Now in the midst of a world tour, the band has a Yamaha LS9-32 at the heart of its audio spec. Used for both FOH and in-ear monitor mixes – as well as wedges on occasion – the LS9’s flexibility is being used to its fullest.
FOH engineer Dale Hanson (pictured) explained the set-up: “I have about 19 inputs, which are mostly mics, plus three DIs. I always control the two sets of in-ears, even if I’m not mixing the wedges. When I do full monitors there are five mixes, plus the two in-ears. I split the monitor and FOH channels, ie. 1-32 for FOH and 33-64 on the next layer for monitors and use my laptop to control the monitor mixes via Studio Manager and WiFi. This allows me to talk to the band and hear what they are listening to.”
Hanson is recording the shows, via a Dante-MY-16-AUD interface direct to a MacBook Pro, for possible future release as a live album.
“The sound of the recording is amazing,” he said. “I use the playback from the previous night for soundcheck at each new venue. The quality is so good that the band have walked in and thought I was playing the album.”