Audio Pro International’s focus on the best of the industry’s young audio engineers continues this week with the latest addition to our Rising Stars section.

This week we chat to audio engineer Jamison ‘Jam’ Butcher…

API: Where did you study?

JAM: I was lucky enough to have a great hometown venue about 45 minutes outside of Chicago. They hosted regional-national acts in a 550 capacity room with a Yamaha 3K. One day I walked in and told them I was going to help in anyway they could use me. There were no openings, but I immediately fell in love with the engineering side. I worked there for over a year for free before I took over as their FOH engineer. When they shut down a couple years later I moved to my current 1100 cap room and started working with Chicago area production companies, churches and touring… I learn every single day and I hope I never stop. The evolution of this business is one of my favorite parts.

API: Which band/project are you currently working on?

JAM: I’m currently FOH and monitors for Parachute; a major label artist from Charlottesville, VA, about to release their third studio record with Mercury Records.

API: Where are you based/working at the moment?

JAM: I’m based in Chicago IL. While I’m not touring I work as FOH engineer and production manager at MoJoes Music Venue in Joliet, IL. We’re a 1100 cap room with an Xarray system, Soundcraft MH3, processed/powered by XTA and E3000s supplied by Soundworks Productions.

API: Which audio console are you currently using? And how many channels?

JAM: I’m currently using a Digico SD9 complemented by Lake processing (on tour), supporting Boys Like Girls and All American Rejects. Parachute is at 34 channels without FX returns and looking to expand while headlining this Spring! In this particular genre I’m a fan of the small footprint, high-powered, digital desks such as the Midas Pro2, SC48 and Digico SD9. The option of using little to no outboard gear, low latency plug-ins, the use of virtual sound check and recording every show to ProTools is unrivalled in my opinion. We live in an amazing era of audio.