FOH engineer Tayfun Oksuz selected the Waves eMotion LV1 Dwell Mixer for the performances on the Istanbul Conquest Day celebrations, which typically contain spectacular audio and lighting productions on a grand scale.
Oksuz, a distinguished reside sound engineer in Turkey (Sertap Erener, Athena and Sebnem Ferah), explains why he selected the eMotion LV1 mixer for this mission: “I’m used to working with plugins in reside occasions, so after I heard that eMotion LV1 was a really pure platform for working Waves plugins reside, I instantly wished to test it out. After I did, I used to be vastly impressed with the mixer’s pristine sound high quality as properly. On this particular present, my FOH place was 40 meters away from the PA, and I might distinctly hear each single element of my combine.”
”LV1’s super-fast setup is one other enormous profit,” Oksuz says; “you possibly can load your LV1 system in ten minutes, and also you’re all set. You can begin the live performance inside half-hour, together with all system settings. There’s additionally an unimaginable technical workforce behind you at Waves: I can name them from Turkey, on to the Waves workforce, they usually reply all my questions immediately. What’s additionally nice in regards to the LV1 is the super-flexible offline prep capacity: I can work from home, on a tour bus or in a lodge room, and get my present completely prepped. It’s completely wonderful that I ready my final live performance at my house! As well as, I can take the Waves plugins utilized in studio recordings and put them in my LV1 system, and the standard stays the identical.”
“For this large present,” Oksuz says, “I used the entire LV1’s 64 stereo channels. This advanced manufacturing began with numerous speeches and continued with two totally different orchestras: the Mehtran Bolugu Turkish Historic Military Orchestra, which has a 2100-year historical past and makes use of a large assortment of musical devices, each historic and trendy – from Turkish Iron Age percussion, to the traditional Persian Kus (a large struggle drum, initially elephant-mounted, that produces 50Hz notes and beneath), to trendy trumpets and cymbals accompanying a choir; and a symphonic orchestra led by well-known Turkish composer/producer Iskender Paydas; plus drums, electrical bass, guitar, a lead singer, a choir, and extra pre-recorded tracks triggered from Professional Instruments. All of the reside music, speeches, video sounds and jingles have been blended on the LV1 for the PA, after which despatched to the printed mixer (two channels) from the LV1’s matrix-out, and the printed stream used the identical combine.”
“The Waves plugins built-in throughout the eMotion LV1 have been important to mixing all these immensely numerous components,” Oksuz says. “My favorites are the H-EQ Hybrid Equalizer, Torque, the F6 Floating-Band Dynamic EQ, Bass Rider, Vocal Rider and the S1 Stereo Imager. Different must-have plugins embrace the NLS Non-Linear Summer time, which I had on all 64 channels and all 24 subgroups, using the totally different traits of every of the plugin’s mix-preamps. And I all the time use Smack Assault and V-EQ4 on kick, snare and toms. These two plugins allow me to realize the real acoustic tones of the drums and percussion by utilizing minor tweaking.”
“For vocals, the H-Reverb Hybrid Reverb is a favourite, permitting me to intensify very tender and distinctive options of the artist’s vocal traits. The Renaissance Axx and the Q10 Equalizer are excellent for processing guitars. The C6 Multiband Compressor, API 2500 compressor and the L1 Ultramaximizer are completely wonderful when used on my foremost grasp and subgroups: they bring about out all of the important components of my combine. For tuning my PA system, I exploit Smaart v8 and Waves’ TRACT System Calibration plugin.”
Oksuz’s setup features a 24-inch touchscreen, a Waves FIT Controller for tactile management of eMotion LV1, an Axis One Waves-optimized pc, a Waves SoundGrid Excessive Server-C, a DSPRO StageGrid 1000 interface at FOH place related through two CAT7 STP (as a redundant connection, using LAG function within the managed swap) and two DSPRO StageGrid 4000 stage bins on the stage plugged into L-Acoustics 24 Kudo tops and 16 SB28 subs.
“The LV1 is made with the comfort of an engineer’s workflow in thoughts,” Oksuz says. “Any auxiliary device you might be in search of is in entrance of you – simply plug and play. It’s super-flexible: you are able to do your job on one display if you’d like, or you possibly can arrange 4 screens and see the web page you need on every display – a snapshot on one display, Mixer 1 on one other display, and so forth. I additionally like how I can divide my complete combine into eight customized layers, and the provision of user-assignable keys for saving periods and loading the session flip a/b channel – this process is extremely quick and really helpful. Additionally, I report all my concert events, and on the identical time I carry out a digital soundcheck, which quickens my work considerably. Moreover, I can comfortably use the fingers of each my fingers on the screens concurrently.”
“I’ve performed about twenty concert events with the Waves LV1 to date,” Oksuz sums up, “and I can say now that its superior sound high quality has surpassed all my expectations. The general sound high quality of the combination is unimaginable! I’ve been working as an FOH engineer for over 32 years and utilizing a digital mixer for the final sixteen. I’ve now switched to the Waves eMotion LV1 mixer as a result of I consider in its workflow, know-how and scalability, I consider in the way forward for its system, and I consider in its sound.”