Brad Divens, who has mixed live shows for a number of well known acts, such as Mötley Crüe and Garbage, first learned of the Creamliner when Chris Rabold of Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Kenny Chesney started using it. But it wasn’t until he started touring with the Finnish band “HIM” and after the frontman Ville pointed our stuff out to him, that he really started to get intrigued.
The tour was just approaching Canada from Washington when he decided to give us a call. We were delighted to support this tour and immediately provided a unit for the band’s Abbotsford, BC gig. Brad liked what the Creamliner did for his sound the first night he used it, then took it to the gigs that followed, Calgary, Edmonton, Phoenix, Sacramento. He sent us his first impressions:
For those of you who are wondering how this is working out, here goes. I’m using this on a Avid Profile inserted on the master buss. I find that it enhances and opens up the stereo spectrum while adding warmth, presence and definition to the mix. There is also more clarity in the midrange. For anybody mixing on a digital desk this is definitely something to try out. You will not be disappointed. I don’t think you can get this kind of result from a plug in.
After a few gigs, Brad settled for the pentode+transformer setting on the Creamliner, and engaged Air switches at 7kHz for just a bit silkier top end. This gave his Profile console a magical touch.
So by the time the tour arrived to LA, Brad was addicted. He wanted to take the unit to Europe to mix some live shows for the band’s live TV shows, because it added too much goodness to the sound to be left behind.
We were of course more than happy to provide and now our Creamliner is getting ready to cross the big pond (not that it hasn’t done it before!).
Pictured above is the happy FOH mixer Brad Divens at the night of the Hollywood Paladium show.
Thank you, Brad!