Midas Tours with Melissa Etheridge
UNITED STATES – Melissa Etheridge is one of rock music’s great singer-songwriters. With 21 albums and a slew of projects on the go as well as her Etheridge Island Festival, she seems to stay busy even when she’s ‘not busy’. During the height of COVID-19, when it seemed like the music world was shut down, Etheridge live-streamed his highly successful “lockdown gigs.”
When concert tours became possible again, she hit the road with her “One Way Out Tour”. The tour, promoting her new album of the same name, highlights previously written songs that Etheridge had written in the 1980s and 90s. The shows feature her and bandmate David Santos (bass and vocals) , Eric Gardner (drums) and Max Hart (keyboards, guitar, steel guitar and vocals). The tour began in March in the United States with stops primarily at casinos and theaters, including the historic Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in New Hampshire, and heads to Europe before returning for one final run at United States, which will end in October.
For this tour, Etheridge has teamed up again with longtime FOH mixer Jim Roese (pictured), who carries a pair of Midas Heritage HD96 consoles – house and monitor – supplied by Sound Image. Since the tour relies on each venue’s internal sound system, the control and consistency needed for the show makes console choice critical. Roese comments: “It’s hard to explain how great the Midas Heritage HD96-24 is. It has a wide spatial picture, but is completely coherent when the instruments add up. It’s the same great Midas Pro Series sound but on steroids. The workflow is super composed. You can put anything anywhere and the touchscreen GUI is very intuitive. Any movement I make while mixing takes minimal time to look away from the stage or performer. Two Lake LM44 processors are also in Roese’s kit, allowing him to better cope with the “AP of the day” scenario. “I actually enjoy the challenges of managing a new system at each site. It keeps me on my toes. Having the Lake processors is crucial for day-to-day consistency,” says Roese.
Roese’s company, RPM Dynamics, has been using and selling Midas consoles for over a decade. “We install Midas consoles in the vast majority of our design-build facilities and on every tour we are involved in. In early 2021, AVL Media Group became the distributor for North America, which coincided with the relaunch, if you will, and the availability of HD96. Needless to say I’m a fan.
Monitor mixer Ozzy Giron, who previously mixed Etheridge on a Midas Pro X, admits it took a nudge from Roese to get him to switch to HD96. “With a little hesitation, I agreed and it’s a decision I absolutely don’t regret. From the moment I first touched the desk, it was very comfortable.
I give stereo mixes to each of the band members as well as a mix for our Etheridge TV live streaming platform and am simply amazed by the sound quality of the Midas HD96. The first thing Melissa said was how good it sounded, which is exactly what you want to hear from the boss.