Veteran engineer Greg Price, FOH on Ozzy Osbourne’s 2010 tour, shares a few of his live sound mixing techniques using Waves plugins on a Venue console. Greg talks about the challenges of mixing heavy metal, and explains the chain he uses for Ozzy’s vocal.
Ozzy Osbourne’s Vocals:
Ozzy's vocal has a wide range of level. The real challenge in the mic-pre level settings is the wide range of level from Ozzy during the performance. During a song or singing, the level is medium to low.
During talking, yelling, or shouting at the audience, the level can be near the top of the mic-pre range. During a verse or chorus, Ozzy will shout out to the crowd; this is where the incredible precision and response of Waves plugins are essential to my success.
The signal chain is as follows:
No console EQ, gate, limiter, compression, or filters are used. The console only acts as a mic-pre and channel fader for the vocal in the mix. All vocal processing is done with Waves plugins.
The plugins that I use on the vocal are: