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Tom Petty 2010 Tour Blog: VENUE and Mixer Robert Scovill

Only published comments... Apr 17 2010, 07:01 PM by Robert Scovill

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And so it begins …

As many of you may or may not know I have been involved in one way or another with the VENUE product line by Digidesign, now known as Avid, since it’s earliest days of conception. In 2005 I formally joined the company to contribute to the ongoing development of the product line along with helping to inform live sound professionals around the world about the virtues of this amazing product and company.


After introducing VENUE, and Digidesign for that matter, to the live sound community in 2005 I’m still amazed how quickly the VENUE line has been adopted by the users and the industry as a whole. It continues to be an ear opening ride and frankly I feel like I’ve learned considerably more than I have taught since accepting my role at Avid.


One of the aspects that I love about working for Avid, is that they’ve afforded me the opportunity to continue my work in live sound and recording. This year I’ve been presented with a unique opportunity where Avid has allowed me to return to my role as concert sound engineer for the 2010 Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Tour while continuing my work with them as a Senior Market Specialist. It will be a great chance to actually get out in the world and practice what I have been preaching since I stepped back from touring in 2007 as well as grab some face time with VENUE users and dealers around the world.


As for Petty, we have been in rehearsals in Los Angeles for nearly 2 weeks now and I will be blogging regularly to let you in on some of the life on the road with The Heartbreakers as well as the day to day audio challenges that we tackle with VENUE as well as other high end technology while on the tour. I plan on regular text and picture postings along with some short video blogs focused on unique workflows and applications with the console, plug-ins and Pro Tools. Monitor engineer Greg Looper is also using VENUE on the tour, so I’ll try to drag him into the conversation as well from time to time.It’s also worth mentioning that we’ll be touring with a new LAcoustics K1 PA system provided by Sound Image so look for some insight into that as well.


My next week will be spent in Saddleback Church in Lake Forrest California teaching for I’ll be handling VENUE training on Monday; (nearly 25 students!) and the signature course called “The Complete FOH Engineer”. So look for some info on that as well as the week progresses.


Okay, well that’s about it for now in order to get this thing rolling. As for today, well – a Saturday off in the hotel which means; catching up on email, starting this blog, paying some bills, tidying up the final details for the week of teaching, the occasional Facebook post and of course the NBA and NHL playoffs blaring in the background. Wait a minute … aren’t the D-Backs in San Diego tonight? Okay, maybe not so much bill paying tonight …


Thanks for subscribing – I hope it’s a fun and informative ride!


Scovill out --

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About Robert Scovill

I am a 30 year veteran of live sound and 6 time TEC Award winner for Sound Reinforcement Engineer. I serve as Senior Market Specialist for live sound for Avid and am currently mixing front of house sound for the 2010 Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers North American Tour.

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