Thursday, May 08, 2008

Off to Louisville Again SooNa

This afternoon, I shipped off part one of several paperwork sets for the fast approaching Na Conference, to be held in Louisville one last time.

Step 1 was getting a list of console inputs finalized, so that the folks at CTS Audio can program the PM5Ds we'll be using at both FOH and monitor land again this year.

What can you expect this year?

First, and most importantly, there are some fine preachers coming: Josh Harris, Mark Dever, Albert Mohler, Eric Simmons, John Piper, and CJ Mahaney. We'll be using DPA4066 and Countryman E6 mics on them all.

We'll also sing with the Na Band, led by Devon Kauflin, using some of their music from their new ablum, Lu. I have asked for an advance release copy of the album to hear the mixes early, and I am looking forward to its arrival.

What did they request on their input list?
  • Drums
  • Bass
  • Beatbox
  • 2 Electric Guitars
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Synth
  • Rhodes Piano
  • Electric Piano
  • 5 Singers
Of the 48 channels in the Yamaha PM5Ds, the band uses just a little over half, so we've got room to spare. For two sessions, however, we are packing the desks full. Any guesses on what we'll be adding to the open 17 inputs? A hint: I doubt CTS will be able to provide all of the 14 AKG C414EB mics that I requested. Other options for them include the Neumann KM184, AKG C3000, AKG35, or Shure SM81 (as a last resort).


Tim Gibson said...

With all those 414s, sounds like you've got a good sized choir. Should be fun.

Dave Wilcox said...

That's a good guess. We will have a choir of 60 for one session. However, I only asked for six 414s and three SM57s for the choir.

The fourteen 414s are for another application. Anyone else want to take a guess?

John said...

LIVE ALBUM!?... mics are for the attendees?

Dave Wilcox said...

Another excellent guess. I have heard rumors of a potential live album from another conference, but no live album out of Na this year as far as I know.

Nice try.

Anyone else?

Kevin said...

A skit or reading?

Dave Wilcox said...


There will be several readings and one larger dramatic reading, but the 14 mics are not for those elements.

Keep trying, everyone. I didn't realize this would be such a challenge, but it's fun to see what you're thinking about and expecting at Na.


John said...

It's gotta be strings or something orchestral... right!?

I'm so curious! :-)

Dave Wilcox said...

We have a WINNER!

Strings it is!

Na will have - God-willing - two sessions with a 17-person string ensemble. This will be a wonderful challenge to mic and to mix!

Thanks for playing along. And thanks for praying for the conference!