Technical Requirements

We need two monitor mixes, and seven input channels:

Only the mandolin and talk box channels should get low cuts: everything else will at times make bass sounds.

Cecilia has a clip-on microphone for fiddle, and routes her sound through a series of pedals.

We'll plan to bring the keyboard unless you're flying us to the dance. If you're providing the keyboard we need something with 88 weighted velocity-sensitive keys and MIDI output (5-pin MIDI works; USB-MIDI is likely possible with advance warning). For example, we usually use a Yamaha P85.

The mandolin is electric. Most of the time it will be on the mandolin channel, but when Jeff uses the talk box the mandolin channel is silent and the sound is routed through his mouth to the vocal mic on the talk box channel.

The drums are a foot-controlled electronic drum kit, making kick, snare, and hi-hat sounds.

The computer is controlled by the keyboard, drums, and other MIDI inputs and produces many different sounds including organs and bass. These are all mixed down to one XLR, and while they should be appropriately balanced, depending on your specific PA system we may need to adjust levels slightly during sound check, especially if you have a subwoofer.

The whistle is a synthesizer Jeff controls by whistling.

If any of this doesn't work for you, please check with us ahead of time. We have extra equipment we can bring as needed.

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