Tracks and vocals
I know we’ve discussed this numerous times tangentially to larger conversations about concerts and live performance, but RC’s remarks about the imbalanced house mix at the LordSong concert she attended reminds me that I’ve been wanting to address this question full on. Over and over again, concert reviews or reactions (not least of all, but certainly not only, mine) include complaints about badly mixed house sound, specifically that the tracks overpower the vocals. What really gives here?
Are overamped band tracks an illusion of the inexpert ear (the current way of voicing the perenial sg gripe: “it’s too loud!” or simply proof of the old maxim you can’t please all the people all the time), a genuinely widespread symptom of sloppy or tin-eared sound techs, fallout from the acoustically dodgy venues so many sg acts perform in, a mixture of all this, and/or something else altogether? I’m really asking. To the average listener, I think it seems reasonable to assume that digital band tracks ought to make it easier to mix live sound than in the days when stages regularly included four to six seperately miked instruments. Maybe not? At any rate, I’m especially interested in hearing from sound technicians or other professionals who can offer any insights into why so many of us in the pews, benches, seats, and folding chairs get frustrated with bad house mixes. Discuss.Email this Post