On Tour with FOH Engineer Sunny Sanour
FOH Engineer Sunny Sanour recently stopped by the Manley factory while on tour with Indian artist Arijit Singh, and was kind enough to speak with us and show us all the Manley gear he takes out on the road!
I have been using Manley Reference Microphones with the Manley VOXBOX® since 2010. When we started touring in 2013, I wasn't very happy with the overall sound. We were a really small band back then and couldn't really get any outboard gear. The Manley family kept increasing in the studio, and then in 2016, I decided to go with an outboard setup.
The first choice was to get a Manley FORCE® for my main channels. Having used the FORCE in the studio before, I had no doubts about getting it for the live scenario. So I got two of them. One of them acts as the Pre for Kick In, Snare 1 Top and my Overheads. The second one handles Arijit's acoustic guitar and the vocal channels - I have a three mic setup for Arijit. One headset, one wireless handheld and another wired handheld when he is playing the upright piano. Many people wonder why we have three mics but in reality its 3 different zone for 3 different tonalities, and the Manley FORCE just gives that studio ‘vibe’ to all these mics.
People also wonder how I get the glue on the mix - well, the Manley Variable Mu® is the ‘secret’ there. I don't think I could live without these on my live rig :) It's all just too special!