Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wheels and Wires

We've now entered the real ramp up phase of the tour, it's all about building the rock show. Humans from all over the world cluster in a single spot, gear gets wired, hung and tested. Concepts that started as napkin drawings and absurd "what if's" have mutated into tangible realities. Huge moving screens and light fixtures, nuanced signal paths the way sound will travel it's invisible paths all come together, the bugs get worked out and with big eyes and ears, all the departments interface to construct a cohesive presentation soon to be a traveling rock show.

Ya just don't get to or last at this level if your not damn good at what ya do, and when you have a lot of people that good working together, the outcomes can be quite impressive.

The new songs are great and I don't think there is a person amongst us that does not feel the welling anticIpation of an epic tour ahead. Can ya tell I'm excited?

Oh! And check out the pic of Chad's drumfill! 2 EAW MicroSubs under the blow through drum riser and 2 MicroWedge 15's up top. MicroSubs are only 13" high and the 15" speakers angle upwards at 45 degrees, so it lined up perfect. With the Exception of Anthony's wedges, which are the vintage Rat L-Wedges he's used for the last 20 years or so, the entire Peppers monitor rig is MicroWedge!

And wow is this a brand new adventure stage wise as well. We now have Mauro an awesome percussionist adding 10 inputs, a piano or electric piano depending on the gig, a marimba, Chris Warren rocking some keyboards driving me up to a stratospheric 40 inputs. I will share more about all that over time as well as go over a bunch more of the sound nerdery side of things.
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  1. Very cool, fun to learn how these shows come alive..literally

  2. 40 inputs ... that might almost require getting another mixing stick! ... VCA 12? :)

  3. Live the dream bro, sounds like a magnificent tour!
    Thanks for the update! Looking forward to the nerdery :D

  4. Ah yes Chris Warren is getting more appearances on this tour. Hey Dave, think Chris is ready to appear in a video down the road? John

  5. hey dave, thank for the update.....can you post some photos of flea and josh's pedalboards? thanks man!