Perth rockers Karnivool are no stranger to trophies and accolades. At the 2001 West Australian Music Industry Awards (WAMi Awards), the band won Best Original Metal Act, and "Fade," from their Persona album, was nominated for Most Popular Local Original Song. In 2007, Karnivool won five WAMi awards for Most Popular Act, Most Popular Live Act, Best Male Vocalist (Ian Kenny), Best Guitarist (Andrew Goddard), and Best Hard Rock Act.
Karnivool started during the nu-metal craze of the late 1990s but Sound Awake (2009) revealed that they aren’t afraid to evolve and explore new musical directions, introducing heady arrangements, a wilder array of guitar textures, and prog-rock maturity and intellect. The album also turned heads. Sound Awake debuted at number 2 on the ARIA Album Charts on June 15, 2009, and it was the top independent release in Australia, debuting at number 1 on the AIR Charts and receiving gold sales certification in Australia within 10 weeks of release. It was also released in the U.S., UK, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and many other countries to mass critical acclaim, including from the internationally recognized publications such as Billboard, Kerrang, Rocksound, Rolling Stone, Art Rocker, Blunt Magazine, and Kill Your Stereo.
As of this writing, Karnivool is working on its third record, relying heavily on PreSonus equipment in the studio and using the StudioLive 24.4.2 for live performances. Guitarist Mark Hosking explains, “The StudioLive is compact and an amazing value for the money. We couldn't do it with anything else. We also make use of the Central Station PLUS, The TubePre, FireStudio, and the FaderPort. We demo, write, and record, and we generally produce as we record, so we got the full package! We use some of the gear for the live show; it tours the country with us, falling out of trucks night after night, and it survives very well.”
The Karnivool live-performance rig takes advantage of a number of PreSonus technologies. “We run our full in-ear monitor system through the PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 when touring around Australia, and have used it in the U.S. as well,” Hosking explains. “We installed StudioLive Remote software on our iPad so we can wirelessly adjust our in-ear monitor mix from anywhere in the venue. It makes out monitor engineer's job very easy, but don't tell him that. StudioLive Remote is priceless for us. To set up that system any other way would have cost us a fortune. It's an amazing technology at a user-friendly price.”
Karnivool will continue to use PreSonus gear on tour and when recording their yet-to-be-titled third album. “We want five iPads for five musicians,” states Hosking. “Add one StudioLive 24.4.2 and our in-ear monitor units, and we will have complete functionality and control from our performing areas. Complete adjustments right at our fingertips. Maybe one day with wireless broadband technology, we can leave our entire mixing crew at home and they can mix us from there? (Laughs.) Maybe one day... or maybe not.”