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LIVE SOUND Drew Robertson is an audio engineer, live sound tech, and educator. He is based out of London, ON, is the co-owner of Prosperity Audio Works, and also co-hosts The Double Platinum Podcast. He can be reached at contact@prosperityaudio.com. By Drew Robertson Plugging into Live Sound A s a live sound tech and front of house engineer that has worked gigs in a multitude of venues, there have been many times that I’ve desired an equalizer, compressor, or reverb that I’m more familiar with than what I’ve had at my disposal. In some cases, you might not even have any tools or effects beyond a simple three- or four-band EQ that’s built into the console. The question then is what can you add to your workflow to make these tools accessible? The most obvious answer would be your go-to gear in a mobile rack, but there are a few downsides to this solution. First and foremost, rack gear is expensive, both to purchase and maintain in the long run. Secondly, as portable as a rack can be, when you’re on the go, the less gear you have to take with you, the better. Third is the space require- ments to use said gear; not every venue or hall will have the space for your rack full of fancy EQs and compressors, and power requirements are also a consideration. What is the ideal compact solution to achieving more audio pro- cessing in your live sound rig? If you don’t want to go out and purchase a shiny new digital console with lots of ɽͥ́եЁ(ݡ́ɑ䁕ͥٔȁѡѕՑФݥѠѱ)ե䁅́ͥٔѕ䰁ԁ͔݅́)хYMP՜́ȁA ȁ5)]Ёeԁ9)Q́͡Ё́Ʌѡȁ͡쁅ԁɕ䁹́ٔѡ̸Q)ха׊e+ͽѕ+ՑѕəݥѠɕѥٕ䁱܁ѕ䀡䁵ɸ$($ѕə́Ѽѡѡ͔̤+́ѼЁٕѡѼɽѡͽѼȀ$(%ѕə+ͽYMPѥͽ݅ɔѡɔɔ́ѥ̰$($)ՑͽѡЁɔɕ+ݡٕȁYMṔȁɽͥԁ݅ЁѼո)!܁́%Ё]ɬ)Qɽ́́ɱɅљ݅ɐݥѠ䁄ѱѥɥ)ݽɭٕ́ݕe׊eɔѼ݅ЁѼոՑ( 8$84TL$ $8)ɽѡȁ͕ȁͽЁ͕ȁɕٕɈ)ȁɽ͕Ѐԁ݅ЁѼɽ́)ͽѡՍDȁɕͽȤѼЁȁѕə)QѡɕɸɥɽȁѕəѼѡȁѡ)ɕɸȁ͕и%׊eٔЁѕəݥѠձѥ́)̰ԁ͔͔ѡȁձѥЁ̰)Ё݅ɹѡЁѡɔɽͥԁѡɔɕ́)ЁѠȁѕəѕȁԁ䁕ɥ)ɽՅ)=ѡͽ݅ɔͥԁѼ́ոѡYMPѥͽд)݅ɔɔѡЁӊéɕ饹ȁѕəͥѡ)ɽɥєɥ̸ٕ=ԁٔѡЁݽɭѽ́ȁ͕)ЁȁɽͽȁхЁѡͥɕɕձи=ѡѼ)єݕٕȰ́ѡЁͽ՜́ݥɅєɔѕѡ)ѡ̰ݡͅѕȁЁѡͽ݅ɔٕ٥ՙ)͕ѥ̰ѡ՝Սչѽ՜́Ё)䁅ͼ͕͕ٕɔ́ՑՅ䁥ѡՙȁͥͅ锁)͕Ёѽܸ)Q]ɅU)=٥ͱѡ́ͻeЁѡЁͽѥԁ݅ЁѼոյȁ)́ɽͥձѥ̸Qɔɔхѥ)Ѽѡͽ݅ɔѡЁͥͅYMPѥͽ݅ɔ)ɕЁͽѥԁ͕ɕٕɈȁ)䁅eЁٔ́ѼЁȁͽȁԁɕ݅)ѡͽչͥȁѡӊé)х́՜)'eٔѼѼЁɽչɅձQ ɽɕٕɉ̰(؁ɕͽ̰AձѕḚЁЁЁɕѕȁѡ)Ёȁ她՝Ѽɹѡӊé)ЁɅѥ쁡ݕٕȰݥѠѱݱɕѥ͔ٔ)ѕ䰁$ЁѡЁȁͽչՑЁЁٕՔ)$ЁѼ ́]ٕ́Ցɔٕ)ѕ́䁑ͥѼͥͽ݅ɔ՜́ٔ)ͽչ́䁅́՝)хѕ䁍ȁٕ́́ٔͽչ)ѡЁՍͥȰ܁́Ѽٔȁ́ѡɕЁ͡)ѡ䁑͕ٔ