Brad Madix has been a member of the Rush team since the last half of the Roll The Bones tour in 1992. He oversees the FOH sound (meaning what the concertgoers hear), while Brent Carpenter provides ear monitor mixes for the band.
Madix and Carpenter utilize Digidesign Venue D-Show Profile mixing consoles, both of which are loaded with plugins from McDSP such as Channel G, MC2000 multi-band compressor and ML4000 multi-band effects/dynamics software. During the show, Carpenter is situated at stage left (near Geddy Lee), while Madix sits at his console near the back of the auditorium.
All of the inputs are fed into Digidesign stage racks and converted to digital. A digital snake system replaces the bulky analog snakes and provides bi-directional communications for audio and control data. Digital transportation prevents ground loops between the stage and mix position.
Between 8 and 8:30am, riggers begin to unload the sound gear from the trucks. The top speakers (all are manufactured by Clair Brothers) are hooked up to large clamps which in turn are attached to electric motors that will be used to lift the speakers and cables up and into position. As the speaker columns are assembled, the motors raise them slightly off the floor until they're complete and ready for positioning.