Singer-songwriter McKenna Andrews has been really busy lately. She’s equally talented as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, and it’s clear the world has taken notice. Andrews has been selected to perform alongside nationally headlining acts at high-profile venues, including the Hard Rock Café and several NASCAR events, and was recently granted an hour-long spotlight on CBS Radio with Artie Kornfeld. Her latest album, Who knew, was produced by four-time Grammy-nominated producer Travis Wyrick.
Befitting her status as a musical multitasker, Andrews has chosen the PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 digital mixer for her tours, using it for both front-of-house and in-ear monitoring.
While the StudioLive’s diverse features are oft lauded, what it really comes down to for Andrews—and for the venues that book her—is audio quality. “You can have all the talent in the world but if you don't have quality equipment, you're toast!” Andrews chimes. “The 16.4.2’s preamps are magical and provide clear, crisp gain. Venues have been amazed by my rig, and I get booked more often now because bookers know that I have pro gear and can give a professional quality show.”
Choosing the StudioLive 16.4.2 came with a little help from another PreSonus loyalist. “I played over 100 shows last year, and 50 of those shows were with a Carvin mixer where I constantly struggled for good preamp gain, and my options were limited when it came to EQ,” Andrews recalls. “AV Express, run by Steve Bailey, is a local company that runs sound for me and for several national acts. Steve uses PreSonus exclusively. I asked him about the StudioLive, and he demonstrated the Fat Channel, onboard EQ, and the scene store and recall functions. I was sold. I wanted my sound to sound like his sound, so I made the switch.”
Once converted, Andrews found that the StudioLive’s Fat Channel quickly replaced the need for clunky outboard processing gear, lightening her touring load and setup times considerably. “With the Carvin system, I had racks full of EQs, compressors, and effects units,” Andrews explains. “When I made the switch to my StudioLive, I sold all of the rack-mount gear. The quality and ease of use of the Fat Channel’s EQ, compressor, gate, limiter, and effects beat the rack gear hands down! It allows me to dial my sound in quickly. I also like the ability to save my settings so I have a starting point when I return to familiar venues. It allows for a quick ten-minute soundcheck. I literally let my ears tell me what I need to do, turn the knobs, adjust the faders, and I'm ready to rock!”
As if she isn’t always ready.