JimmyRudder - April 25, 2014 - 1:45 pm

Hey Brandon, If you’d rather not go and spend money on cymbals, you might want to have a chat to your drummer. If you do, the heartbeats may work for you. They are a fair bit darker than most cymbals out there so they will take some getting used to. J

Brandon - April 23, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Hey James, I have recently been having cymbal volume issues and was told by a friend about heartbeats and he speaks highly of them. He told me that united uses them as well and I wanted to get your opinion of them? Thanks!

JimmyRudder - March 26, 2014 - 10:56 am

Hi Jason, Flat is always my starting point and then go from there. While in a perfect world a PA should be flat in every room you go into, its obviously not the case! As live engineers its always finding the best compromise and most importantly, using our ears!

Jason - March 14, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Hi James,

Do you alway tune the front of house rack to have a flat response over frequencys, or do you have certain frequencys you like less or more of?

JimmyRudder - November 15, 2013 - 10:31 am

Hey Sam, As you are probably aware, the unit has 2 engines that you can utilize individually. I use a plate for drums/percussion and a verb for vocals.

Sam Taylor - November 4, 2013 - 9:15 pm

Hi James,

On the United tours, what specifically are you using the 480L for, and generally what are the settings if you’d be so kind. Strictly a vocal verb… a generic plate for everything?



JimmyRudder - July 8, 2013 - 6:28 pm

Hey Brandon..Thanks for the email! Yes, this is the only compressor I have been using and really it’s not doing too much as a compressor. I like to try and keep the mix as dynamic as possible so the gain reduction is minimal to none. I like the sound of the unit, the tube path and the character of the EQ on the back end! Hope that helps. J

Brandon Meyer - July 7, 2013 - 6:20 pm

Hello James!! Hope you’re well, brother. I just have a question about your FOH stereo buss compression. I know you’re using a 747, but is that the only output compressor you’re using, or do you have a plugin on the output before it hits the 747?
Also, how much compression are you taking off the FOH mix? (Ratio, threshold, etc.) I’m sorry for the in-depth questions.

I appreciate it!

JimmyRudder - June 25, 2013 - 3:25 pm

Hey Brandon, Thanks for the question. My FX rack on the Pro9 is full, 6 of the Dynamic EQ processors for vocals, a Delay and the Dual Stereo Delay. Other than that, I use a Lexicon 480L, and a TC2290, rane outboard dessers, a fatso jnr and an avalon 747.

brandon - June 3, 2013 - 11:51 am

hey james,
what fx are you using on the pro9 and are you using any outboard stuff to supplement?

JimmyRudder - March 19, 2013 - 11:45 am

Hey Ben, The IEM of choice for the team is Ultimate Ears both the 7 & 11 series. I’m not the best person to ask on preference and performance as my duties are with FOH but I do know that everyone is very happy with Ultimates. Hope that helps! J

Ben Hodge - March 18, 2013 - 6:34 pm

James..I’ve been curious as to what IEM’s you and the guys use at home and on the road. I’m in the market for some new ears and have been trying to get different opinions. I’m currently playing drums for SONICFLOOd and Alanna Story and want an IEM that will let me feel my kit and the bass when I’m playing, but still give me the cut and clarity on the guitars and vocals. Would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. Thanks, man.


JimmyRudder - October 17, 2011 - 5:14 pm

Hey Melissa,
It depends on the setup, however if I do I ensure that the Aux is set to ‘0’ rather than being variable so as to maintain my crossover point.

Melissa Sandell - September 15, 2011 - 7:12 pm

Do you run your subs off an AUX?

JimmyRudder - August 29, 2011 - 1:27 pm

Hey Melissa, Yes we are using the Midas Pro9 digital console. I did start on analog consoles and really enjoy using them, however when touring with a band that has 72 inputs it makes much more sense to go digital these days. So yes, digital is definitely more convenient. I definitely don’t like every digital console I use, but the Midas sounds really, really good.

Melissa Sandell - August 22, 2011 - 12:47 pm

from the photos you post, you are using a midas console, which looks digital. Did you grow up using analog or digital? If you started out in analog, when did you transfer to digital? Do you use digital for touring because its more efficient to save settings?

Brian Damerow - June 6, 2011 - 10:05 pm

Hey James,
On the latest united album, are any of the main drum sounds sampled or layered underneath the original acoustic drums tracks? If not, you got some awesome drums sounds! If so, where did you get them from. Just curious. Thanks


Ps. any plans on running FOH for united at Passion 2012 next year?

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