Caroline Polachek Wraps Up Spiraling Tour

Caroline Polachek’s live audio engineers have moved up from DiGiCo SD11 mixers to a pair of SD12-96 consoles for her latest tours of Europe, the UK, and North America
Caroline Polachek’s dwell audio engineers used a pair of SD12-96 consoles for her newest excursions of Europe, the U.Ok., and North America.

New York, NY (May 22, 2023)—It’s been an enormous yr to this point for singer/songwriter Caroline Polachek. On the street since February, she’s crossed Europe, the U.Ok. and now North America as she wrapped up her Spiraling tour in type at Radio City Music Hall this previous Saturday, May 20.

Crossing the globe in assist of her not too long ago launched Desire, I Want to Turn Into You album, Polachek’s tour carried gear from London-based Stylus Productions for the EU/U.Ok. run, and the identical gear for the North American theatre/auditorium leg. Keeping an eye fixed on that gear have been FOH engineer Mikey Weiland and monitor engineer Kaan Kurt, who every taken care of DiGiCo SD12-96 consoles sharing a single SD-Rack loaded with 32-bit I/O and linked by way of Optocore.

Based in L.A., Mikey Weiland has labored with Polachek since 2021, in addition to an extended listing of different artists in recent times, together with Warpaint, The Church and Carly Rae Jepson. “We initially took a pair of SD11s, sharing a MADI-Rack, out on Caroline’s fall 2021 run, and I in a short time fell in love with the workflow and haven’t appeared again since,” he mentioned. “The soar to SD12 desks with an SD-Rack for this run was born out of necessity. Her present has expanded fairly a bit on this new touring cycle, and the additional actual property and processing energy has been an enormous step up for us.”

Working with 36 channels coming from the stage, Weiland famous that he used some Waves plug-ins (“largely just a few C6 multiband compressors and S1 stereo enhancers, plus some song-specific FX chains that get punched out and in by way of snapshots”) however finally lets the SD12 “do the majority of the processing and heavy lifting.”

“For Caroline’s vocal chain, I attempt to preserve issues easy and really intentional [as] her vocal vary and management is actually superb, so the objective for me is to do as a lot as attainable to protect and showcase that,” he mentioned. “She will get some multiband compression on the prime of the channel to even out jumps between her decrease and better vocal registers, adopted by the onboard HPF, into two levels of very gentle compression with various assault and launch occasions. Her enter channel is topped off with a side-chained outboard Neve 545 PSE on insert B to scrub up stage bleed. That channel then runs into a bunch, the place it’s joined by most of her vocal FX returns, sweetened up with some dynamic EQ, and despatched off to a closing stage of very gentle compression to connect all the things collectively.”

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U.Ok.-based Kaan Kurt first joined up with Polachek for her 2022 summer season competition tour, and additional retains busy with different artists like Jordan Rakei and The Hunna. Kurt famous, “Caroline has quite a lot of choreography in her efficiency and is consistently floating and dancing across the stage. Her vocal vary can also be insane! Having the dynamic EQ built-in permits me to maintain her vocal at a constant tonality regardless of the place she is.”

Including Polachek, there have been 4 musicians on stage—together with a drummer, bassist, and guitarist—all on Shure IEMs for minimal stage noise. “I’ve actually harnessed the facility of the macro on this run,” says Kurt. “I’ve managed to set one up that fires whichever band member’s combine I want into the spare transmitter actually on the click on of a finger. Same with firing the enter from the spare vocal into the primary channel if wanted. Thankfully, we haven’t had to make use of it, nevertheless it brings quite a lot of peace of thoughts understanding that in case something occurs, we’re rapidly lined.”

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