Clayton Hutson is a live sound engineer and production manager. He describes his work in music production as an existent art with many diverse aspects to it. Hutson has great experience in the world of production management and has been part of many iconic live shows. He provides knowledge in the fields of production design, production management, rigging, monitor engineering, logistics and stage management. Learn more: https://medium.com/@claytonhutson49
Hutson swears by the motto that tools determine performance. He has been a long time user of DiGiCo products, a British company that manufactures digital consoles targeted for live audio mixes. In 2011, Hutson played different professional roles when he was out on tour with Aaron Lewis. During the much anticipated Town Line tour, Hutson used DiGiCo’s SD11 for FOH (Front Of House) and monitor needs. The tour, which was Aaron’s first EP, went on to be a great success all thanks to the compact 19-inch SD11 tabletop mixer. Hutson described it as a very convenient console that is easily portable and can be programmed and refigured to meet any show’s needs.
He has also used the SD7 on several live arenas. Most recently, Clay used the SD7 to access a variety of dynamic effects as he worked with Maxwell on a co-bill tour with soul/ R&B singer-songwriter Jill Scott. He handled the tour with Jim Roach. He entrusted the SD7, which is the flagship of DiGiCo consoles, in handling the large amounts of inputs and outputs throughout the show. The tour went on well as Hutson continued to offer the quality he is well-renown for.
Hutson was also privileged to use the very first D5 in managing Marilyn Manson’s vocals during their 2001 live show. He has also used the SD8 in several other music gigs and continues to aim at perfection, however, small the show is. Clay is a believer in good sound and while giving music mixing guidelines said that “You can’t always make it sound the way you want it to, you have to work with what you’re given”. His work with high profile artists like Kelly Clarkson, Guns N’ Roses, and Pink continues to shape his promising career in the music industry.