Sony Digital Rapids Pixel Power calrec Sony

Sound Insight with Brad Divens

18/07/2019

Sound Insight with Brad Divens posted: 18/07/2019

Like many in the music industry, Front of House Engineer Brad Divens got his start in music at a young age - joining his first band by the age of 15. Over time, his career blossomed to include working with internationally acclaimed artists, such as M tley Cr e, Linkin Park and Cyndi Lauper. Today, he is CEO of FIXINTOGETMIXIN Inc., mixing FOH for major recording stars, such as Enrique Iglesias.

He shares more about his audio career in the latest DPA Sound Insight Q&A, below.

1. How did you get your start in the industry?

It was 1995 and I had just moved to LA to join a band called Back Alley Gators, which had just signed a record deal. After recording the album, the label decided to not put the record out. Fast-forward to a year later and I was offered a tour management job. During the meeting with management, I was asked if I could mix. Without any hesitation, I said yes, I can. The rest is history!

2. Can you talk more about your background and your career, including any notable/favorite projects or awards you have won for your work.

I come from a musical background - I started playing guitar when I was 10 and I was in my first band at age 15. As a musician, I've recorded albums with KIX, Wrathchild America, Souls at Zero and Back Alley Gators. As a FOH engineer, I've worked with Garbage, Bob Seger, HIM, Jane's Addiction, M tley Cr e, Linkin Park and Cyndi Lauper, among others. I am currently working with Enrique Iglesias on his latest tour. I was nominated for Parnelli's FOH Mixer of the Year in 2015 and 2017, and for Tour Link Top Dog FOH Engineer in 2015. I was also inducted into the Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame in November 2018.

3. What's the biggest project you have worked on in your career?

Well, the biggest project would have to be maintaining my career! I've had the privilege to work with a lot of very talented artists. From Garbage to Bob Seger to Enrique [Iglesias], every project I've worked on is big to me.

4. How long have you been using DPA? When did you first start using DPA and why?

I have used DPA with Enrique [Iglesias] for almost three years. I believe it was around March 2016 when I first tried the 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Microphone on a snare drum, and it's been there ever since. When I put a DPA microphone on an instrument, I feel that I'm hearing the instrument and not the microphone. It's a true representation of what the source sounds like.

5. What productions or events have you used DPA mics for? What DPA mics do you use?

I use DPA for every show that I mix with Enrique Iglesias. Microphones that I use include the 4018VL Linear Vocal Microphone, 2011C and the 4099 Instrument Microphone.

6. What are some of the challenges of miking for the events you work on? How does using DPA help solve these challenges?

There is a 40-foot thrust extending off Enrique's main stage and also a C-stage, which sits right behind FOH. Enrique spends a lot of time out in front of the PA. The rejection and tightness of the 4018 capsule are a must in this situation - and it never fails, I never have issues with feedback. We also have two back-up vocalists, who are using 4018sright next to the percussion rig - again, the bleed is kept to a minimum. Using the 4018 capsule keeps the vocals present and the mix clean. Pure audio bliss!

7. Tell us about your working style and some technical details about your daily workflow:

My mixing style is very musical - I approach my mix as I would a performance. I want it to be powerful, passionate, emotional and dynamic. I want to take the audience on a musical roller coaster. The first thing I do before starting my line check is to make sure the microphones are exactly where I want them to be. After the system engineer is done, I run some pink noise through the system. Next, I run some live tracks from the show and adjust the system before getting the band up on stage for a sound check. After that, I walk back on stage and check the microphones one more time just to make sure all is good.

8. What future projects do you plan to use DPA mics on? Can you tell me a little bit about them?

All I can say is that I plan to use DPA on everything I do!

9. Where do you see audio for the recording/studio/music industry going in the next five years? Do you see any major trends that will affect how you work in the future?

Technology is constantly changing, and the lines are getting blurred between live and studio; immersive audio will be a big thing in the future. As a FOH engineer and small home studio owner, I have access to some of the same gear that many of the major studios have. Sound systems just keep getting better all the time. There is no reason not to give the audience the best experience possible.

For Divens, the entr into DPA's Master's Club began with the company's Product Expert, Bo Brinck. I am very proud and honored to be a part of the DPA family, he says of the role, which he uses to, help spread the word about the company's great products, which make such a difference out in the field.
LINK: https://www.live-production.tv/news/products/sound-insight-brad-divens...
See more stories from liveproduction

Most recent headlines

20/08/2019

AES Educational Foundation Announces Scholarships for 2019

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 --...

20/08/2019

Please do read the small print

20/08/2019 Following the release of our latest Consumer figures, we really liked David Pigeon's article which pointed out that while the audiences might n...

20/08/2019

Remembering Jack Whitaker: A Tribute to One of Sports TV's Great Wordsmiths

Remembering Jack Whitaker: A Tribute to One of Sports TV's Great Wordsmiths The Sports Broadcasting Hall of Famer passed away Sunday By Brandon Costa, Dir...

20/08/2019

Live From Little League World Series: ESPN's Joe Rainey on the Network's Commitment to the Spectacle

Live From Little League World Series: ESPN's Joe Rainey on the Network's...

20/08/2019

SVG Sit-Down: ESL's Simon Eicher on the Inner Workings of Live Esports Productions

SVG Sit-Down: ESL's Simon Eicher on the Inner Workings of Live Esports Produ...

20/08/2019

Live From Little League World Series: ESPN Grows the Game With 4DReplay, Kidscast

Live From Little League World Series: ESPN Grows the Game With 4DReplay, Kidscas...

20/08/2019

Live From Little League World Series: MLB Lets Kids Go Yard With VR Home Run Derby

Live From Little League World Series: MLB Lets Kids Go Yard With VR Home Run Der...

20/08/2019

Sports Content Management Forum: The Challenge of High-Capacity Archive Storage

Sports Content Management Forum: The Challenge of High-Capacity Archive Storage Both the technology and the amount of high-value content are growing rapidly By...

20/08/2019

Nordic CEOS For a Sustainable Future Seek to Collaborate with Nordic Governments on Climate Action and Diversity in the Workplace

(L to R) Kim Kielsen (Premier of Greenland), Katrin Sj gren (Premier of land), ...

20/08/2019

Unique Lineup of Performers Scheduled for Radio Show BMI Songwriters Spotlight Series

Unique Lineup of Performers Scheduled for Radio Show BMI Songwriters Spotlight S...

20/08/2019

Nordic CEOs for a Sustainable Future seek to collaborate with Nordic governments on climate action and diversity in the workplace

Nordic CEOs for a Sustainable Future seek to collaborate with Nordic governments...

20/08/2019

Nordic CEOs meet with region's Prime Ministers to accelerate sustainability action on climate and diversity

Reading Time: 5 minutes From left-to-right: Kim Kielsen, Katrin Sj gren, Stefa...

20/08/2019

Visit Sound Devices for free at IBC 2019!

Visit us at IBC 2019 for free with customer code 9205 and see what's new with Sound Devices! Register for IBC...

20/08/2019

Kickstarter and The Eyeslicer to Host New Radical Film Fair in Brooklyn

This September, Kickstarter Film is partnering with The Eyeslicer, a secret TV show blending the boldest new American filmmaking into mind-expanding, mixtape-st...

20/08/2019

Product Upgrade: A Calculator for Funding Goals

Setting a funding goal is a critical step in launching a project - but it can be a confusing one. We've released a new tool to help make at least part of th...

20/08/2019

Signiant Expands its SDCX SaaS Platform to Dramatically Simplify Fast, Secure Intercompany Content Exchange

LEXINGTON, MA - August 13, 2019 - At IBC2019, on booth 14.B23, Signiant Inc, a l...

20/08/2019

HBO Max Lands Original Soderbergh Film Let Them All Talk (WT)

HBO Max Lands Original Soderbergh Film Let Them All Talk (WT) HBO Max Starring Academy Award Winner Meryl Streep, Academy Award Nominee Candice Bergen, A...

20/08/2019

The K-12 leader's guide to success with WeVideo

School districts innovating in the 4C's are currently envisioning, planning, implementing, evaluating and expanding 1:1 learning in their schools. Video cre...

20/08/2019

PULS 4 Brings Its Media Operation into the Future with Dalet

Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, has signed a deal with Austrian private broadcaster group ProSie...

20/08/2019

Love is in the Air for Riedel's Artist Intercom at the Electric Love Festival in Austria

WUPPERTAL August 20, 2019 Love is in the Air for Riedel's Artist Intercom ...

20/08/2019

Yellow Bird UK Triggers Book Options on Spotify Untold

Yellow Bird UK, a Banijay Group company, has optioned the screen rights for Spotify Untold (Spotify Inifr n), the gripping and relevant tale of the secretive st...

20/08/2019

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES A PAIR OF NEW PUBLISHING RELEASES FOR AUGUST

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES A PAIR OF NEW PUBLISHING RELEASES FOR AUGUST MY HERO ACADEMIA: SMASH!! Spin-off Expands The Hit Series, While AUTOMATIC EVE Novel Delivers...

20/08/2019

VIZ MEDIA PROUDLY ANNOUNCES GARDEN STORY THE VIDEO GAME

-- -- -- -- -- VIZ MEDIA PROUDLY ANNOUNCES GARDEN STORY THE VIDEO GAME A Cute Pixel Graphic Adventure For All Ages Sprouting In Spring 2020 San Franci...

20/08/2019

All In with Chris Hayes' Invites Audience For Summer Fridays

All In with Chris Hayes will do Friday shows on MSNBC Aug. 23, Aug. 30 and Sept. 6 in front of a live studio audience. Hosted by Hayes, the hour-long shows will...

20/08/2019

Blackmagic Design Live Production Workflow Captures Festival Beauregard

-- Blackmagic Design today announced that a multicamera SMPTE fiber solution, featuring the Blackmagic URSA Broadcast with ATEM Camera Control Panel, was depl...

20/08/2019

Lynx Technik's greenMachine powers HDR to SDR conversion

HDR Evie is powered by the award-winning greenMachine titan platform Jenny Priestley 5 hours ago HDR Evie is powered by the award-winning greenMachine ti...

20/08/2019

Apple and Disney set to go head-to-head in streaming wars

Both companies are set to launch their SVoDs in the coming weeks Jenny Priestley 5 hours ago Both companies are set to launch their SVoDs in the coming w...

20/08/2019

Netflix adds Latest section to TV app

New menu will feature trailers for upcoming titles Dan Meier 4 hours ago New menu will feature trailers for upcoming titles target=_blank title=Share o...

20/08/2019

Internet carriers deny throttling online video

Study suggests violation of net neutrality Dan Meier 3 hours ago Study suggests violation of net neutrality target=_blank title=Share on LinkedIn class...

20/08/2019

Dalet upgrades ProSiebenSat.1 PULS 4

Dalet Galaxy five optimises the broadcasters media production workflow Dan Meier 4 hours ago Dalet Galaxy five optimises the broadcaster's media prod...

20/08/2019

Reuters announces production partners to enhance content platform

Productivity Suite to offer creation, production and editing services Dan Meier 4 hours ago Productivity Suite to offer creation, production and editing ...

20/08/2019

Howard Jones is Transformed with Robe

Howard Jones is Transformed with Robe posted: 20/08/2019 UK singer-songwriter and musician Howard Jones is back on the road celebrating 35 years since his...

20/08/2019

CP Communications and Carr-Hughes Productions Covers Multi-Venue CrossFit Games with Hybrid Broadcast and Production System

CP Communications and Carr-Hughes Productions Covers Multi-Venue CrossFit Games ...

20/08/2019

Bridge Technologies to Showcase Transformative' Technology for Remote Production at IBC2019

Bridge Technologies to Showcase Transformative' Technology for Remote Produ...

20/08/2019

Flat panel and projector...

The flat panel and projector market has seen growth throughout the second quarter of 2019, according to PMA Research. PMA Research has announced its latest se...

20/08/2019

Sharp's UK business buys...

Stuart Sykes, MD of SBS UK Sharp Business Systems UK (SBSUK) has acquired IT support service company Complete I.T. in a bid to strengthen its position in the U...

20/08/2019

Datapath appoints Adam...

Adam Marsden has been appointed as Datapath's sales and account manager for the UK, Ireland, Nordics and Baltics. Marsden, a former training manager for D...

20/08/2019

Lea Professional appoints Brian Pickowitz as VP...

Lea Professional has appointed former senior director of sales and marketing Brian Pickowitz as VP marketing. Pickowitz has held senior engineering and market...

20/08/2019

Extron promotes Steve James to vice president of engineering

Extron has announced the promotion of Extron veteran Steve James as vice president of engineering. James formerly worked as senior director of engineering at ...

20/08/2019

Jam today: new guitar controllers from Zivix & RND64

Introducing Jamstik Studio & Jammy Guitar You wait ages for a MIDI guitar controller, and then two similarly named ones come along at once. Well, not quite - ...

20/08/2019

Primetime Ratings: Fox Wins With Football

Fox Sports Fox had the top spot in Sunday prime ratings, riding an NFL pre-season game to a 1.0 in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and a 5 share. In...

20/08/2019

CBS Signs New Agreement With Late Late Show's Host Corden

CBS said it signed a new agreement with James Corden, host of The Late Late Show, that will keep the performer on as host of the program through August 2022. J...

20/08/2019

Instinct' Won't See Season Three on CBS

CBS drama Instinct will not live past season two on the network. Alan Cumming stars as a former CIA operative, author and professor who teams up with the NYPD. ...

20/08/2019

Krypton' Canceled on Syfy

Krypton will not see a season three on Syfy. The show was billed as the untold Superman story. Cameron Cuffe played Seg-El, Superman's grandfather, as a you...

20/08/2019

HBO Max Grabs Soderbergh Film Starring Streep

HBO Max has picked up the Steven Soderbergh film Let Them All Talk (working title). Soderbergh, whose films include Traffic and Behind the Candelabra, directs, ...

20/08/2019

Acclaimed series The Heights commissioned for a second season

19 08 2019 - Media release Acclaimed series The Heights commissioned for a second season The Heights season two cast Critically-acclaimed series The Heights ...

20/08/2019

Applications open for scholarship to the American Film Institute Conservatory

20 08 2019 - Media release Applications open for scholarship to the American Film Institute Conservatory The AFI Conservatory Screen industry veteran and phi...

20/08/2019

ACCLAIMED NOVEL BECOMES A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES

-- Copenhagen, August 19, 2019 -- Earlier today Netflix announced its second Danish original series, The Chestnut Man, at Copenhagen TV Festival. The Chestnut M...

20/08/2019

NETFLIX TEAMS WITH MASTER ORGANIZERS CLEA SHEARER AND JOANNA TEPLIN FOR A NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES

Netflix has begun production on a new lifestyle series, featuring the influentia...

20/08/2019

DAN STEVENS JOINS WILL FERRELL, RACHEL MCADAMS AND PIERCE BROSNAN IN EUROVISION

Dan Stevens will star as Alexander Lemtov, a Russian contestant in the Eurovision song contest He joins Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams, who are playing aspiri...