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Def Leppard Rocks the PreSonus  ADL 700 Channel Strip

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 2, 2014

Ronan McHugh (L) with Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott
and a trio of ADL700 Channel Strips

April 2014. Having worked with UK rockers Def Leppard in the studio and as concert front-of-house engineer for well over a decade, Ronan McHugh has had ample opportunity to try out lots of different gear with the band. McHugh has been using the new PreSonus ADL 700 tube channel strip to record the band’s first studio album since their 2008 Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, and he gives the channel strip high marks all around.

“Before we started working on the album, I did a record with Joe [Elliott, lead vocalist for Def Leppard],” McHugh reports. “He has another project called Down ‘n’ Outz. We recorded most of the vocals through a Shure SM7, directly into the ADL 700. I found that with the impedance control at just the right setting, it really brings the vocal to life.”

McHugh was impressed enough with the ADL 700 on the  Down ‘n’ Outz project to add two more of the channel strips to his arsenal, deploying all three units when recording tracks for the new album. “We brought the band into the studio and jammed; the whole band playing and writing together. We hadn’t done that in a long time. I had the two guitars going through the ADL 700s, and the boys [guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell] really loved how it sounded. They were asking ‘what is this’? So when we started laying down tracks, they both said not to change a thing.”

For the album, McHugh close-miked both guitar cabinets, using a combination of Sennheiser MD 409, Shure SM7, and Electro-Voice RA 20 microphones into the ADL 700s. He ran Rick Savage’s bass directly into the third unit.

“They all sounded really, really good,” says McHugh. “I’ve been very impressed with them. And I can see that they’ll become a staple for this kind of stuff.” McHugh plans on taking all three ADL 700s on the road, using them on the band’s upcoming North American summer tour with KISS. The tour kicks off on June 25.

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Posted in Gear, Keyboards (digital & acoustic)    //    Post Date - May 1, 2014

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 1, 2014

BIGSOUND, the annual music conference held in Brisbane (September 10-12) has signalled its 2014 intentions by bringing a collection of the world’s most influential live music bookers to check out Australasia’s hottest rising acts. BIGSOUND 2014 will be the biggest gathering of the contemporary live music industry ever assembled in Australia while expanding to accommodate even more artists.

With applications for artists closing on May 9, the event has unveiled the first round of industry speakers which include representatives from South By Southwest (US), The Great Escape (UK), The Windish Agency (US), Superfly / Bonnaroo (US), Outside Lands (US), X-Ray Touring (UK), Clockenflap Festival (HK), Iceland Airwaves (ICE), Panache Booking (US), St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival (AUS), Village Sounds Asia (SNG), Paradigm Agency (US), Bowery Presents (US), Sydney Opera House (AUS), Four Artists Booking (GER), FKP Scorpio (GER) and more.

 Between them, these bookers look after some of the world’s biggest live music brands and artists in a sector of the market that is continuing the boom across the world. They will impart their knowledge at the BIGSOUND conference before checking out the best new music in the Southern Hemisphere at night, with this year’s event expanding to more bands and venues than ever before.

“BIGSOUND is more than just a local music conference,” said BIGSOUND programmer Nick O’Byrne. “The enthusiasm and willingness of some of the globe’s most influential live music bookers to travel across the world to see our artists before they even leave our shores speaks volumes about Australia’s reputation as one of the world’s most exciting A&R hubs.”

“We know how important it is to make connections with buyers of the highest international calibre. BIGSOUND 2014 has only just started scratching the surface with this first lineup announcement, but this is already the most diverse and influential group of live music buyers we’ve ever seen in Australia.”

Earlybird tickets for BIGSOUND 2014 are on sale now. Held on September 10-12, the event will again be three days and two nights of live music, parties, forums and seminars as well as the usual (and unusual!) surprises.

With over 150 international industry guests as well as the who’s who of the Australian industry converging on Brisbane to devour the best music the region has to offer, there’s no better place for artists to get in front of the movers, shakers and tastemakers that are going to shape the next decade in music. With the last three years’ conferences selling out earlier every year, be quick to get your tickets sorted now.

To apply to play at BIGSOUND 2014, please visit

Applications close Friday May 9 To purchase earlybird tickets, visit

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