Ed Frebowitz started his career in Philadelphia more than 20 years ago, mixing monitors for The Hooters.
From there, he went to work for Clair Brothers as a third man, doing what he calls "the microphone, stand and cable thing." He toured with Steely Dan, Robert Plant, and No Doubt. Eventually, Ed made his way to Nashville, to work with country artist Joe Nichols.
This past summer, Ed mixed monitors for the roots rock band, 311. For that tour, he used a Midas H3000 analog console. He reports, "Because the band insisted on almost no gating or compression, most of my time was spent coaxing the purest sounds out of the instruments."
Ed mixes house for Luke Bryan, a new county artist out of Nashville. For these shows, he uses a Rane C4 Quad Compressor / Limiter on the bass, acoustic guitar, Luke’s vocal, and the fiddle. He also carries a Rane DEQ 60L Graphic Equalizer, for those dates where the house EQ is under duress and/or in need of early retirement.
Ed continues: "When we have an opening act, I put the EQ into A/B mode and give the opening act's engineer the second bank of faders, so he can EQ the system to his liking. Since space is limited in our trailer, I carry the Rane C4 almost everywhere with me. It delivers the sounds I’m looking for, even with PA systems that change every day."