As live touring begins to ramp up, more and more keyboardists are relying on the Radial KL-8 Rackmount Keyboard Mixer to streamline their multiple keyboard and virtual instrument setups. In addition to the KL-8s flexibility and compactness, many cite Radial’s legacy of roadworthiness and reliability as a reason for choosing the KL-8.
Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater and Liquid Tension Experiment has been using KL-8s for many years and will be carrying several with him on the road as his live show schedule picks up.“The KL-8 is awesome in that we can combine all of my instruments down to a stereo pair, which we then send to front-of-house and monitors,” says Rudess. “The sound quality is awesome and meets our high standards, while the laptop integration makes it easy to do tracking during our live shows.”
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Ray’s Keyboard Setup
Ray Coburn, currently on tour with Supertramp, uses the KL-8 to manage the multiple keyboard feeds required for the show.
“I bought a Radial Key Largo for touring and when I needed more inputs, I moved to the KL-8 to eliminate the powered mixers in my setup,” says Coburn. “I immediately noticed how good the KL-8’s sound… nothing but the pure signal from my keyboards. Add to that the compact form, function, and flexibility, and the KL-8 is unbeatable.”
Keyboardist Mike McKnight, who has worked with a wide range of artists, including Roger Waters, Mariah Carey, Paris Jackson, Harry Styles, and Paula Abdul, relies on the KL-8 to manage outputs from the multiple keyboards he uses during live shows.“The KL-8 allows me to have three high-quality stereo analog channels and a USB channel for my virtual instruments with the flexible routing in a single space rack mixer that’s built like a tank,” says McKnight. “When I add my Radial SW8 USB, I can do a full-on playback gig with live keys in two spaces without sacrificing quality and reliability.”
Evan McElhinney, currently the monitor engineer for Styx and Gowan, relies on the KL-8 to make sure the on-stage keyboard mix is perfect for the musicians.“We began using the KL-8 when we added a Roland Jupiter to the existing 5080’s for our synth sounds,” says McElhinney. “We now can switch between them with a touch of a button for redundancy during the show. The KL-8 is very transparent and doesn’t add any color to the sound, which is exactly what we wanted. And, like all Radial products, the KL-8 is bulletproof!”
Danny Mitchell, who is currently handling keyboards, vocals, as well as being band leader for Miranda Lambert and Pistol Annies, uses the KL-8 in both live and studio environments.
“The KL-8 has profoundly changed both my studio and live keyboard rigs and become a rock-solid centerpiece of my setup,” says Mitchell. “The mute switches paired with the onboard headphone outputs make programming a dream!”
For more information on the Radial KL-8 Rackmount Keyboard Mixer, visit the KL-8 product page.