Indie band Hey Marseilles, offering an unconventional mix of folk and classical (or, as they describe it, “folkestral”) has been maintaining a busy touring schedule in support of their sophomore release, Lines We Trace.
With a different venue in a different city almost every night, the band’s touring setup needs to be lean, flexible, and dependable. A Mackie 402VLZ4 4-channel compact mixer is an intrinsic part of the eclectic rig for accordion/keyboardist Philip Kobernik.
“I go back and forth between a Roland SR7 digital accordian, a Nord Electro, and a Moog Sub Fatty,” says Kobernik. “I send a mono feed from the Mackie mixer directly to the FOH engineer. Having the Mackie onstage with me allows me to control my own mix, and gives me a whole lot more control over my sound.”
Onstage, a second mono output from the mixer feeds a Mackie DLM12 12-inch, 2-way powered loudspeaker.
“It really packs a wallop for such a small, lightweight package,” says Kobernik. “I use it mainly as my onstage monitor, but it’s come in really handy in some other situations too. We’ve done a number of semi-acoustic gigs at record stores and radio stations, and I’ll just plug my Nord Electro into the DLM12.”
The DLM12’s onboard EQ and DSP adds to its versatility, Kobernik notes. “Onstage, I keep the signal pretty dry, and use mainly the effects in my keyboards. But when we do those smaller shows, it’s great to be able to add a little EQ to boost the bottom end a bit, and maybe a touch of chorus or some reverb. It’s really handy to have those effects, right on the back of the unit.”
Find out more about Hey Marseilles here.