JPJ raises Profile for The Wombats
AUSTRALIA: In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of their debut album, The Wombats have recently been touring Australia with Groovin’ the Moo, which included a couple of shows at the Sydney Opera House. Catering for the tour, JPJ Audio provided The Wombats’ FOH engineer, Pete Bartlett, with a control package that included Avid Profile for FOH and monitors.
‘I always use an Avid Profile as I have loads of plug-ins and I’m not a big fan of the newer consoles. The Profile is just more reliable,’ remarked Mr Bartlett. ‘In fact I’ve stood still for 10 years with the Profile but it’s just so easy for me to use, plus you can get them anywhere.’
During his time on the tour, Mr Bartlett was also treated to a variety of different audio systems, including L-Acoustics and d&b audiotechnik. ‘Whenever I get a new PA to work with, I’ll first ask the system guys what they have done to it,’ he explained. ‘The last gig in Australia at Bunbury was fantastic because they had done very little to the system. I’d rather they leave it flat so I can pull out whatever I don’t like.’
Mr Bartlett also has a deal with Sennheiser that means that the manufacturer’s microphones were used solely on the tour. ‘Basically we don’t have many microphones onstage that cost more than US$300,’ he offered. ‘A lot of people listen with their eyes and use something funky and expensive. People wander around backstage saying how clever the mic setup looks, but you go out front and they sound terrible.
Mr Bartlett concluded that the JPJ Audio crew were ‘fantastic and gave a brilliant service’, adding that they made his job very easy.