In-Ears @ The Highline

July 10, 2016

 Friday night I played at the Highline Ballroom with Cristiano, and it was a rousing success.  There were a lot of logistical challenges (no proper soundcheck), but we we able to adjust on the fly and make it work.  My setup for that project includes a Rolls PM personal amp monitor and Shure EC2 headphones for the backing tracks and click.  I've used this in-ear rig for years- it's quick to set up (which is always important in the world of rapid NYC band changeovers) and the EC2's seem to handle bass frequencies pretty well (many in-ears do not).  Thomas Mester, the band's producer, and guitarist runs the tracks off Ableton Live and splits the signal for me- click on the left side, tracks on the right.   The rubber inserts on the EC2's are interchangeable, and I often change to larger or smaller ones depending on how "closed" I want the sound.  I tend to use smaller cartridges if I want more sound to bleed in so I can hear my drums, the vocals or other things not in the headphone mix.  If those things are already in the mix along with the backing tracks/click, I don't need the bleed and use larger ones.  


Next up for me is a run of shows in New York and DC with The Michael Gallant Trio and Aurical, followed by more Woodhead road gigs.  Summer is rolling right along!  


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