Date: October, 2001
page: title: Chris Gilpin Uses The Ultimate Monitoring Tool For TOOL author: NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Veteran monitoring engineer Chris Gilpin and his ATI Paragon II console have their work cut out for them on Tool's much-anticipated world-wide tour. The tour comes in support of their equally anticipated album "Lateralus", which marks the end of a five-year hiatus for the nouveau heavy metal quartet. The band hit the festival season in Europe, Australia, and Japan before returning to the states late in the summer for several more months of tireless touring with sound company, Showco. Having worked with such acts as Metallica, Tori Amos, and A Perfect Circle (Tool lead singer Maynard James Keenan's other band), Gilpin has the experience to run with the best. Gilpin first worked with an ATI Paragon II with A Perfect Circle and has worked on other consoles only grudgingly since. Tool presents a unique challenge to the monitoring engineer because guitarist Adam Jones, bassist Justin Chancellor, and drummer Danny Carey all demand loud wedge mixes while vocalist Keenan prefers in-ears. "The trick is to achieve a separated vocal sound without incurring bleed from everything else," observed Gilpin. "Consequently, I end up duplicating most channels, one channel for wedges and the second for in-ears. The Paragon II has a wealth of in-line processing; each channel has its own gate, compressor, and four band parametric EQ. That allows me to tailor each instrument for both wedge and in-ear monitoring. As the tour goes on, I invariably end up using more of that processing power, homing in on the perfect mix. I know I would end up settling for much less if it meant carting around a bunch of bulky and expensive outboard equipment." As it stands, a lone TLA compressor joins the usual complement of sound effects processors. With effects, doubled tracks, and uniquely tailoring wedge and in-ear mixes, Gilpin is using the better half of the Paragon II's forty outputs. He also makes good use of the Paragon II's comprehensive routing assignments, backing up Keenan's in- ear output with a second unit set to a different frequency should disaster strike. The remainder of the tour will snake through the South to the West Coast and then up through Washington. The ATI Group is the parent company of Audio Toys Incorporated, API Audio and Uptown Automation. Audio Toys manufactures the industry leading Paragon mixing console and associated rack mount gear. Uptown Automation manufactures and installs moving fader and mute automation for analog mixing consoles. API is the leader in analog recording consoles, including the famed Legacy Console and 500 and 200 Series Lunchbox modules.
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