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Icehouse – 40 Years Live

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Photo © Troy Constable

With a career spanning 40 years, iconic Australian band Icehouse has continued to delight millions with their music, well-known and loved by audiences across generations. Icehouse began in 1977 as a Sydney-based pub rock band called Flowers, who were the highest paid unsigned act in Australia at the time.

In 2006, Icehouse was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame, being described as ‘…one of the most successful Australian bands of the 80s and 90s’. Icehouse’s 1987 album Man of Colours remains to this day as the highest-selling album in Australia by an Australian band.

With a history like that, it’s no wonder the band have been selling out their 40 Years Live Tour this year as it travels the country … with more dates just announced!

Touring with an audio package from JPJ Audio, the tour utilized in-house PA systems where available with JPJ supplying speaker systems when required. FOH Engineer Richie Robinson, who has mixed for the band since their return to live shows in 2011, used an Avid Venue S6L saying it is one of the best mixing consoles on the market. He travels with absolutely no extra FOH equipment, which reinforces how good the console sounds on its own.

I had used an Avid Profile since 2007 and always loved working on it,” he remarked. “However, it got to a stage where I thought ‘well that’s the sound of it’ and decided to try some other consoles that had better preamps and a more open sound stage. While I usually liked the sound of them, I didn’t fall in love with their operating systems as much as I did with the Avid Venue gear. When the Venue S6L came along and I tried it out, I was blown away with how good it sounded. It’s a real win for Avid and I think you’re going to see a lot more of them.

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When Richie used to mix Icehouse on an Avid Profile, he implemented a combination of Waves plug-ins and outboard reverbs but he’s been happy with the way the onboard fx plugins sound with the new console.

With the combination of the new audio engine in the console running at 96khz and the plug-ins running on the AAX DSP cards, even the Avid reverbs sound a whole lot better to me,” added Richie. “I’ve gone back to using the ReVibe reverb which sounds really good and other than that, I bought a few 3rd party plugins for some other eq, compression and saturation flavors. I miss some of my Waves plug-ins but it’s been cathartic to ditch what you’ve been using for so long and just go ‘wow, that sounds so good just straight out of the console!

One 3rd party plug-in that Richie has used often with Icehouse is the Brainworx bx-console channel strip by Plugin Alliance which he implements over many channels. “There’s a subtle character thing going on with that plug-in that suited this band” said Richie.

Richie uses the Snapshot and Layout features on the console for all the songs – mainly for turning on and off required input channels and for keeping the top fader layer populated with the key input elements for each song. He also found that snapshotting the effects on the Venue S6L was a very handy tool. As Iva Davies wrote and produced so many of Icehouse’s tunes, he can be quite specific with the echoes and delays used on the original recorded versions so Richie decided to snapshot all of the echo effects. That way he doesn’t have to worry about adding the correct tap tempo to each song – when he recalls the snapshot to the next song all of the stored effect parameters are recalled.

Microphones were fairly standard with a selection of Shure wired and radio microphones, a couple of AKG414’s for drum overheads plus Sennheiser and Audio-Technica Australia microphones. “We have a Shure KSM9 for when Iva plays an oboe in Man of Colours and that’s probably the funkiest mic we have.” said Richie. “We’ve tried a few different mics on it but that’s the one we kept coming back to.

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Photo © Troy Constable

Onstage, the band are all on Shure PSM1000 IEM’s with most of them using the Shure SE846 ear buds. In addition, Iva has a couple of d&b audiotechnik M4 wedges in front of him as he occasionally removes one of his IEMs. Sidefills are L-Acoustics Arcs with dv-Subs and the drum sub is a pair of d&b Q-subs. Monitor Engineers for the tour were Paul Kennedy (now out with Midnight Oil) and Matt Debien who both used a Yamaha PM5D with an Apogee Big Ben word clock.

The FIFA Fan Fest in Sydney

Fanfest Darling Harbour

While 32 nations played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Sydney was one of only six cities around the world to host an International FIFA Fan Fest. More than 500,000 people visited the Cockle Bay and Tumbalong Park sites, at Darling Harbour, where all 64 matches were broadcast live on four large screens.

JPS provided sound reinforcement and crew for the 31 day event.

Dates June 11, 2010 – July 12, 2010
Sydney Darling Harbour
JPS Crew
Dean Mizzi, Matt Debien, Tristian Johnson, Adam Williams, Shane Oldham, Tim Seconi, Raoul Plimer
Speaker System JBL VerTec
18 x JBL VerTec 4889 Enclosures
16 x JPS 18″ Subwoofers
16 x Crown MA5002VZ
FOH Drive System
1 x Dolby Lake DLP 4D12 Mesa
1 x Motion 1200 Wireless Tablet
4 x BSS FDS-366 Omni Drives
1 x BSS FCS-960 EQ
4 x BSS FCS-926 Omni Drives
FOH Control
1 x Soundcraft Vi6
1 x Yamaha M7CL 48 Ch Digital Console
1 x Tascam CD-RW901SL
2 x Denon DCD-695 CD Players
Radio Mics
9 x Shure UR4D Dual Receivers
12 x ShureUR2 Hand Held Transmitters c/w Beta 58 capsules
Monitor System
12 x Clair Bros 12AM Monitor Speakers
4 x Clair Bros R4 MkIII Side Fill Cabinets
1 x Clair ML18 Subwoofer
12 x Crown MA3600VZ Amplifiers
4 x Crown MA9001 Amplifiers
8 x Lake Clair iO’s
6 x Sennheiser G2 IEM systems
2 x Shure PSM 600 systems
1 x Yamaha PM5D-RH Digital Console

Fleetwood Mac 2009

One of the most celebrated and influential rock groups of all time, Fleetwood Mac, brought their ‘Unleashed’ tour to Australia in late 2009.

Fleetwood Mac played December 1 and 2 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne December 5 at Hope Estate Winery, NSW, December 7 and 8 at Acer Arena in Sydney, December 11 and 12 at Members Equity Stadium, Perth and December 15 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Dates November 28, 2009 – 20 December, 2009
Audio Crew Paul Schofield
Duncan Kaye
Speaker System L-Acoustics
36 x V-Dosc Element
18 x DV-Dosc Element
16 x ARCS Cabinet
24 x SB218 Sublow Cabinet
54 x Crown MA5002VZ
1 x V-Dosc Drive Rack FH1 (Dolby)
4 x Dolby Lake DLP4D12 Processor
1 x BSS FCS-960 Stereo EQ
1 x Motion 1200 wireless tablet
FOH Control System (Support Act)
1 x Midas Verona 400 32+8st
1 x Midas EZY tilt desk stand
6 x BSS DPR 402 (2 Ch Comp.)
1 x Summit TLA 100A Tube Comp
2 x Drawmer DS201 (2 Ch Gate)
1 x Lexicon PCM90 Reverb
1 x TC Electronics D-Two Delay
2 x Yamaha SPX990 Multi-FX
1 x Marantz PMD321 CD Player
Monitor Control System
1 x Midas Siena 400 40ch
10 x Clair 12AM Monitor Speaker
5 x Lake Clair iO Controller
8 x Crown MA3600VZ
1 x Clair ML 18 Sub Bass
1 x Crown MA9000i Amplifier
8 x Urei 5547A 1/3 Octave
Wireless Microphones
2 x Shure UR4D-Q5 Dual Receiver
4 x Shure UR1-Q5 Beltpack TX

Pink’s record breaking ‘Funhouse’ tour

Pink - Funhouse Tour 2009
Photo – Talitha Conway

After more than three months criss-crossing Australia, American pop superstar Pink wrapped her record-breaking tour with a final sell out concert at Sydney’s Acer Arena. It was the 58th and final performance of her phenomenal Funhouse national tour. In total, Pink performed before more than 660,000 concert-goers — 150,000 of those in Sydney alone.

JPS supplied equipment and additional crew for Pink’s Australian concerts — twelve in Sydney, seventeen in Melbourne, six in Adelaide, four in Newcastle, two in Wollongong and Canberra, eleven in Brisbane and four in Perth.

Dates May 22, 2009 – August 29, 2009
JPS Crew Nick Giameos Simon Farrell
Speaker System Clair Bros Audio
  44 x Clair Bros i5 Cabinets
  28 x Clair Bros i5b Cabinets
  16 x JPS JBL 18″ Sub Bass
  8 x Clair Bros R4 MkIII Cabinets
  4 x P2 Cabinets
  8 x JBL Vertec 4888 Cabinets
FOH Drive System  
  12 x Lake Clair iO’s
  1 x Motion 1200 Wireless Tablet
  1 x BSS 366 Omni Drive
Control systems  
F.O.H. 1 x Digi-design D-Show Venue
  2 x Digi-Design D-Show Venue side cars
  1 x Clair Lake iO controller
  2 x Tascam CD-RW901SL Cd Recorders
  1 x Sony CDP-11 CD Player
Wireless Microphones  
  1 x Shure UR4D-Q5 Duel Receiver
  2 x UR2-Q5 Handheld Mics c/w KSM9 capsules
Monitor Speaker System Clair Bros Audio
  4 x Clair Bros i5 Cabinets
  28 x Clair Bros 12AM wedges
  4 x Clair Bros ML18
  3 x 4 Mix Amp Racks
  12 x Crown MA3600VZ Amplifiers
Wireless in ear monitors  
  3 x Shure P6HW In Ear Monitor Systems
  14 x Sennheiser EW-300 G2 In Ear Monitor Systems c/w 28 Receivers
Monitor Control System  
  1 x Yamaha PM1D (Supplied by Audio Rent)
Rigging Equipment  
  8 x Lodestar 2T Chain Hoists
  14 x Lodestar 1T Chain Hoists

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