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Alt-J engineers take (Fitz)pleasure in StudioLive

A PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 digital console was chosen by FOH engineer Lance Reynolds for use on monitors for Alt-J’s recent tour of America.

On Alt-J’s recently completed American tour, FOH engineer Lance Reynolds (pictured, second from left) chose a PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 digital console for use on the monitor mixes. “I was really attracted to the layout of the StudioLive,” said Reynolds. “The input gain, the channel faders, and the master output are always right there in front of you – no page flipping or knob sharing to access the essential controls. I had originally wanted to try the new 32-channel console for FOH but the tour was kicking off before it would be available. But in talking about it with the band, everyone agreed that the 24.4.2 seemed like a good fit for monitors. It had everything we needed in a nice, compact footprint.” Monitor engineer Ron Sharpless (pictured, front) uses the StudioLive to generate several stereo mixes for the band’s in-ear monitors. “I’m doing four mixes for the band, including a ButtKicker for the drum mix,” he explained, “plus a mix for me, another for the guitar tech, and an extra monitor mix. It’s great to be able to squeeze that many stereo mixes out of a console.” “I did get to use the StudioLive at FOH on a few occasions,” Reynolds added, “and Capture enabled me to record a soundcheck and immediately play the mix for the band. Plus, I was able to solo, mute, and change individual levels. Very cool.”
“I’m a reluctant player in terms of digital, and for the most part I prefer to stay in the analogue world,” he added. “That said, I appreciate the benefits of digital, and have been in situations where I was very happy to have the ability to recall a mix. Ultimately, if it sounds good I’m happy – and the StudioLive sounds really good.”