Live monitor engineer Daniel Gonzales has been using the Waves Mercury and SSL 4000 Collection SoundGrid bundles when mixing monitors for Beyoncé.
Gonzales notes: “The unique challenge of being a monitor mixer for Beyoncé is how to make the mix huge and powerful in the in-ears without being so loud that it would ruin your hearing after a two-hour show. Waves tools are indispensable for this purpose. I can compress things subtly and take the edge off many of the inputs; this way I can even out Beyoncé’s mix and create space for the loud moments while keeping her vocal on top the entire time. With these great compressors you can do some major action on a dynamic input, without ruining it or bringing negative attention to it. The CLA 1176 and C6 do a great job on this!”