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Bill Barnett – Monitor Engineer for Stevie Wonder, Maxwell and others

スティービー・ワンダーとマックスウェルのモニター・エンジニア、ビル・バーネットが3Dアンビエントを語る

シカゴに拠点を置くビル・バーネットは、スティービー・ワンダーとマックスウェルのモニター・エンジニアです。二人のアーティストは3Dを使っています。「スティービーは3Dが本当に好きで、どこへ行くのにも持ち歩いています。」ビル自身も3Dの愛用者です。「サウンドをミックスする時に、イヤモニを外さなくても周囲の人と話しができるモードにできるところが気に入っている。」

Chicago-based Bill Barnett is in the enviable position of holding down the monitor engineer post for two exceptional artists – Stevie Wonder and Maxwell. Both artists use the Sensaphonics. 3D Active Ambient IEM System.

 

“Stevie really loves the 3D, and he travels everywhere with it,” says Barnett. “He really likes the ambience. I usually set it pretty low for him, but usually by the time I get the bodypack back, he’ s gone in there and turned it up. It’s funny, because I never see him do it, but obviously he knows how to get in there and adjust the ambient level to what he likes.”

 

Like most monitor engineers with artists on ears, Barnett has his own 3D system that he uses to mix with. “It lets me hear the in-ear mix exactly the same, and that’s important,” he notes. “I don’t actually use the ambient function while I’m mixing, except when someone needs to talk. If someone comes running up and has to tell me something, I can just reach down and flip the ambience switch to have a conversation. I love the fact that I don’t have to pull the earpiece out.”

 

Asked what else he likes about the 3D Active Ambient, Barnett mentioned the field-replaceable cable. “The Sensaphonics cables have gotten so much better. They’re thicker now, and if something happens, it’s great to know I can switch it out myself.”

 

Barnett has been a Sensaphonics customer since 2001. “I was with 98 Degrees, and they were using Shure E1s and we had Sensaphonics make custom sleeves for everyone. The molds really help with fit and seal. Then later, I moved up to the full custom earpieces, the 2X-S, and they were fantastic. I don’t like to listen to my ears too loud, and the isolation I get actually lets me hear more clearly at lower levels. And that’s important to me, because if my hearing goes, I’ll be working at McDonald’s,” he says with a laugh.

 

Sharing that concern with his artists is, of course, a delicate situation. “That is a touchy subject, especially with someone like Stevie. I mean, the man is blind, so to know that I’m in control of his hearing for a twohour show really makes me think. So I’m planning to get a dB Check so I’ll know exactly how loud he’s listening.” The Sensaphonics dB Check is a sound level analyzer that displays the exact level and safe listening times, with the earphones in place.

 

As 2010 approaches, Barnett is preparing for another busy year. “Maxwell is gearing up for another tour, probably starting the end of January,” he reports. “Stevie, of course, just tours when he wants to, but whenever he calls, I’m ready. These are both great artists to work with. I’ve been very blessed.”

 

 

 

 

 

「スティービーは本当に3Dが大好きで、どこへ行くのにも持ち歩いているよ。」バーネットは言います。「彼はすごくアンビエンスが好きなんだ。通常俺はかなりそれを低めに設定している。でもだいたい俺がボディーパックを返される時までには、彼はそこに行って上げてしまうんだ。面白い事に、俺は彼がそうするのを見た事がないけれど、彼は明らかにそこに行って自分の好きな音量に調整するすべを知っているよ。」

イヤモニを使用する他のほとんどのモニター技師と同じく、バーネットは自分の3Dシステムを持っていて、それでミキシングをしています。「3Dはイヤモニ・ミックスを全く同じに聴かせてくれるけど、それがすごく大事なんだ。」彼は言います。「俺は実のところミキシングをしている時にはアンビエント機能は使わない。誰かが俺に話しかける必要があるとき以外はね。誰かが俺のところに駆け寄ってきて何か言わないといけない時には、ただ手を伸ばして会話ができるようにアンビエント・スイッチを切り替えればいいだけ。耳からイヤモニを外さなくていいところがすごく気に入っているよ。」

3Dアクティブ・アンビエントについて他に好きな点を尋ねたところ、バーネットは現場で交換可能なケーブルについて言及しました。「センサフォニクスのケーブルはすごく良くなったよ。今では太くなったし、何かが起きたら、自分で交換できるところが素晴らしいね。」

 

バーネットは2001年からセンサフォニクスの顧客です。「俺は98ディグリーズを使っていて、彼らはシュアE1を使用していた。俺たちはセンサフォニクスに全員のカスタムスリーブを作ってもらっていた。その耳型はフィット感と密閉性がとても良かった。そして後に、2X-Sの完全カスタム・イヤモニに切り替えたんだけど、素晴らしかったよ。俺は大きい音を自分の耳で聴くのが好きじゃないけど、その音の隔絶は小さな音量でよりクリアに聴かせてくれるんだ。そのことは俺にとっては重要だよ。だって聴覚を失ったら、マクドナルドで働かないといけなくなるからね。」彼は笑いながら言います。

その心配を彼が働くアーティストと分かち合うのは、もちろんデリケートな状況です。「それは扱いにくい問題だよ。特にスティーブのような人とはね。っていうのは、彼は盲目だから、俺が彼の二時間のステージの間彼の聴覚を管理する訳だけど、すごく考えさせられるよ。だから俺はdBチェックを手に入れる予定だよ。彼が聴いている音がどれだけの音量か正確に知ることができるから。」センサフォニクスのdBチェックは、イヤホンをつけた状態で正確な音量と安全なリスニング時間を表示する音量分析器です。

2010年が近づくとともに、バーネットは新たな忙しい年に向けて準備をしています。「マックスウェルは、おそらく一月の終わりからまた始まるツアーの準備をしているよ。」彼は言います。「スティービーももちろん、彼のしたいときにツアーをするけど、俺は彼にいつ呼ばれても準備万端だよ。彼らは一緒に仕事をしていて素晴らしいアーティストだよ。俺は祝福されているね。」

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“When my artist is using the 3D, I mix using my own 3D system. I don’t use the ambient function while I’m mixing, but if someone comes running up to tell me something, I can just flip the ambience switch to have a conversation. I love the fact that I don’t have to pull an earpiece out.”

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Chicago-based Bill Barnett is in the enviable position of holding down the monitor engineer post for two exceptional artists – Stevie Wonder and Maxwell. Both artists use the Sensaphonics. 3D Active Ambient IEM System.

 

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“Stevie really loves the 3D, and he travels everywhere with it,” says Barnett. “He really likes the ambience. I usually set it pretty low for him, but usually by the time I get the bodypack back, he’ s gone in there and turned it up. It’s funny, because I never see him do it, but obviously he knows how to get in there and adjust the ambient level to what he likes.”

 

【3】

Like most monitor engineers with artists on ears, Barnett has his own 3D system that he uses to mix with. “It lets me hear the in-ear mix exactly the same, and that’s important,” he notes. “I don’t actually use the ambient function while I’m mixing, except when someone needs to talk. If someone comes running up and has to tell me something, I can just reach down and flip the ambience switch to have a conversation. I love the fact that I don’t have to pull the earpiece out.”

 

【4】

Asked what else he likes about the 3D Active Ambient, Barnett mentioned the field-replaceable cable. “The Sensaphonics cables have gotten so much better. They’re thicker now, and if something happens, it’s great to know I can switch it out myself.”

 

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Barnett has been a Sensaphonics customer since 2001. “I was with 98 Degrees, and they were using Shure E1s and we had Sensaphonics make custom sleeves for everyone. The molds really help with fit and seal. Then later, I moved up to the full custom earpieces, the 2X-S, and they were fantastic. I don’t like to listen to my ears too loud, and the isolation I get actually lets me hear more clearly at lower levels. And that’s important to me, because if my hearing goes, I’ll be working at McDonald’s,” he says with a laugh.

 

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Sharing that concern with his artists is, of course, a delicate situation. “That is a touchy subject, especially with someone like Stevie. I mean, the man is blind, so to know that I’m in control of his hearing for a twohour show really makes me think. So I’m planning to get a so I’ll know exactly how loud he’s listening.” The Sensaphonics dB Check is a sound level analyzer that displays the exact level and safe listening times, with the earphones in place.

 

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As 2010 approaches, Barnett is preparing for another busy year. “Maxwell is gearing up for another tour, probably starting the end of January,” he reports. “Stevie, of course, just tours when he wants to, but whenever he calls, I’m ready. These are both great artists to work with. I’ve been very blessed.”

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