Uthaiyan is also a big fan of the Rupert Neve Designs SILK processing on the RIVAGE PM10 system. It particularly helped with this production because almost everything used a direct input to the console. The SILK helped to add character and make sure that it didn't sound too sterile.
“There is a sousaphone that kind of made the sound of a ship and I just went to SILK Red, turned it up all the way, and it created tons of character,” he says.
“SILK really excites me and a lot of other engineers too, I think. It’s such a simple thing, with just the one control. At a more recent live music show, by Benjamin Kheng, we had a big production - six backing vocalists, a ton of playback and some instruments. I needed a bit more girth on the backing vocals, hit the SILK Blue, turned it up a couple of notches and it was, wow, in your face. That really excites me.”
Uthaiyan also appreciates that, with RIVAGE PM10, he has much less gear to carry. “I used to carry a rack full of Portico 5045s, which I don’t need to anymore. The amount of outboard gear has reduced tremendously and it’s nice to roll up to a show, put your thumb drive in and have everything ready to go,” he says.
“It’s also reassuring to know that, being Yamaha, everything is going to work. You don’t have to worry about if it’s not feeling good today. I’m very privileged to do this for a living and I love it.”