New Jersey-based remote facilities provider Music Mix Mobile (M3) recently captured performances at the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest in Miami, via its Eclipse truck outfitted with a LAWO mixing console, M&K Speakers, and signal processing from Waves.
Specifically, M3 employed an extensive selection of Waves plugins and the new SuperRack SoundGrid plugin rack that runs up to 128 audio channels through multiple instances of Waves plugins with very low latency and numerous workflow customization options. Artists on the bill included DJ Khaled, Maroon 5, DaBaby, Guns N’ Roses, Snoop Dogg, and Dan + Shay, performing at Miami’s American Airlines Arena and with highlights airing on the Fox network.
M3 co-founder and chief engineer Joel Singer notes, “Our lead mixer Jay Vicari chose Waves for effects, reverbs, delays, and specialized processing. The F6 Floating-Band Dynamic EQ in particular is essential to our vocal processing. The F6 is on all main vocal channels, along with a Renaissance DeEsser. Jay has become really comfortable using it: he uses the F6 alongside the console EQ and dynamics to get a vocal to work very nicely—without nearly as much console EQ as he’s used before.
“We now use minimal amounts of EQ, instead of having to EQ something drastically in order to try to get the vocal to sit. With F6 you’re able to find the trouble spot in the vocal, and just focus on that to make the vocal sit in the mix,” he adds.
The event was M3’s first live use of the Waves SuperRack. Singer notes, “We had been testing it for a month or so, and we finally put it to use in this show in our Eclipse truck. We took advantage of SuperRack’s new floating window option, which let us place the F6 at the top of the screen, while also being able to see the other plugins being used and control different plugins simultaneously. The overall layout in SuperRack is very helpful and practical: You can see a lot more of what’s going on. You can see your input, your output, and you can see them on a lot of channels simultaneously. The interface is just so user-friendly — very cool.”