NQC 08: More on The Sound
Reader HPA writes:
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After reading some other blogs it seams that even the lay person can look around and figure out simple reasons for bad sound. I would be interested if anyone could send me pics of audio set up to evaluate. Being a former sound man for a SG group, I used to plead with the powers that be to try a different company and start set up on Friday to appropriately tune and have time to bring in reinforcements if needed. I also suggested they hire a professional mobile studio truck to do the mix down. Speaking from experience, mixing live for radio or TV is very difficult. I attempted it various times doing TBN dates and was always very frustrated. They guys that can do it though are very good at it, but you have to pay them and let them bring their truck. There are several contacts of mine that don’t understand what the problem is. They themselves have supplied production in that very venue with astonishing results. NQC better step up. There is no excuse in this day of digital consoles saving settings, why the live mix should suffer. Another issue at least when I was there, was that the group engineer(if they had one) was not allowed to engineer the mix. They could bark orders but not touch. I did sneak in there one year and sweet talked a buddy into letting me mix the vocals and the band sub mix, which turned out to be the best night for the guys in terms of response and table traffic. Not bragging just stating the difference. I had to sheild my fingers from the “producer” as he looked over to make sure I was just “sitting.”
Another thing. If a person has never sang on well mixed in ears than they don’t know how beneficial they are. But it has to be done right.