Thursday, January 13, 2011


To take a break from the lighting tech, I will share with you a ridiculously cool piece of audio equipment.

Yamaha LS9-32
Value: Approx. $11,000
The LS9 is a digital mixing board made by Yamaha - ya, the same people who make ballin' motorcycles.

Using a digital console like this allows me to do without several other pieces of audio equipment. It is able to do compression, gating, equalization and delay. It also has a whole suite of effects such as reverb, which I use extensively to make the mediocre live guitarist sound respectable. If you want to know what any of those are, or how I use them in a show, ask in the comments.

Me sitting at my LS9, waiting for the show to start.

And the coolest thing of all? Motorized sliders! Press one button and all the volume control sliders will move to preset levels all on their own! I use this to make a smiley with the sliders - quick touch of a button and it's a frowny LS9.