Category: Gig Diary

RCF HDL6-A Outdoors

RCF HDL6-A Outdoors

This past weekend, I mixed an outdoor concert with RCF as the PA sponsor. My colleague has been planning on investing in a new compact-format array system for a while, and this event proved the perfect occasion to do a test drive. A trim height of 17.5 feet on an SL100 and a coverage area …

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Festival Monitor Strategy

Festival Monitor Strategy

Handled monitors for a small split-stage festival this weekend. The idea is that the stage is an A/B configuration: as a band is playing on one side, the other side is being turned over. We had 32 inputs on stage (16 per side) on an analog split with FOH. We set the entire console up …

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Another Playback Show

Another Playback Show

Ahh, dance season. These shows are playback-only and thus far too easy to screw up by zoning out. As Keeper of the Playback Timer, audio calls the cues for lighting, so you have to focus even with you have nothing else to do except hit the spacebar in Qlab. It’s also very hard to judge …

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What System Optimization Means To Me

What System Optimization Means To Me

A colleague of mine owns a production company and had a gig yesterday for a government accounting agency. The setup is simple: a podium mic and a couple of RF handhelds that everybody needs to be able to hear and understand. The trick is that the event is inside a literal aircraft hangar, probably the most acoustically …

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USITT19 Live Sound International Loudspeaker Demo

USITT19 Live Sound International Loudspeaker Demo

One of the common themes for me is consistency. I’ve written in the past about keeping as much on the console as consistent as possible from gig to gig. I’m fussy about my channel naming and coloring conventions, my patching, and my console layout.  However, all this routine loses its usefulness when it stops serving …

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The Importance of Fader Layout

The Importance of Fader Layout

One thing that I’ve found to have a disproportionately large effect on how smoothly my mix goes is where the faders fall under my fingers. I feel strongly that time spent banking / paging through a desk to find the right inputs is not time well spent in a performance environment. Case in point: this …

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Three-In-One Day

Three-In-One Day

Started the day off with a Pro1 programming session. I’m trying to get the desk to do a VCA line-by-line style show, in which the automation only recalls the channel mutes and VCA membership. I do have it working but there are a few little niggles that need to be smoothed out. Got an email …

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Gig Diary – Stand Up Comedy

Gig Diary – Stand Up Comedy

My auto-correct suggested “gig diarrhea,” which is ironic considering that this comedian has been telling poop jokes for the last twenty minutes. A single-input comedy show is a very revealing test for a system tech. If your system is leaving seats uncovered, you’ll know. The good ole’ 58 EQ: By this point in my career, …

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