Category: Musings

Two Common Confusions about Console EQ

Two Common Confusions about Console EQ

I’ve seen a couple things lately related to console EQ that I wanted to shed some light on and hopefully get a good dialogue going. But we’re gonna keep it short and sweet. “Air Band” EQ A couple consoles running at at 96 kHz will allow tuning EQ bands out past 20 kHz. (Some call …

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Beware Autopilot and Flying Wrenches: Why I Am Uncomfortable with Getting Too Comfortable

Beware Autopilot and Flying Wrenches: Why I Am Uncomfortable with Getting Too Comfortable

“It’s an easy gig. Just three microphones.” Sounds good, right? But as the day went on, things began to change. The event was a “roundtable” discussion between a moderator and two CEOs who each had a net worth in excess of a billion dollars. They have “people.” There was a fair amount of “hovering” going …

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The Dance Foldback Conundrum

The Dance Foldback Conundrum

A few times a year, I run audio for college dance performances. It’s a weird gig from an audio perspective, as it’s a single input show (Qlab from a solid state hard drive because after an embarrassing mishap years ago, I will never again trust a CD for live playback). Cue calling falls to the …

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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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Running monitors from FOH? Here’s some tips.

Running monitors from FOH? Here’s some tips.

Never optimal to run monitors from FOH, but here’s my workflow to get the best results possible. I start by spraying all the wedges with pink noise, one at a time. If they all sound the same, we can move forward with the tuning. If not, we go find the blown up driver, misconfigured crossover, …

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Pasting POP assignments on Midas Pro series

Pasting POP assignments on Midas Pro series

For the VCA mixing style common in musical theater, I start with a “base” scene which is scoped to save and recall every parameter on the entire console. From there, a series of successive scenes recall only channel mute status, VCA name, and VCA membership as the show progresses to bring the proper characters onto the VCA faders for mixing.

Holding Out For A Zero: The Incremental Quest Towards A Perfect Zero Scene

Holding Out For A Zero: The Incremental Quest Towards A Perfect Zero Scene

I don’t need to list the benefits afforded by working with a digital mixing console, but I will anyway – flexible parametric EQs, high channel counts in a small footprint, the night-after-night precision of recall and automation features, the convenience of traveling with nothing but a showfile, the list goes on. However, for me, the …

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Pedalboard Studies

Pedalboard Studies

I’m certainly not a guitar tech, but even knowledge of basic concepts like gain structure and equalization can go a long way toward improving the outcome of a project. Tyler’s lead guitar player, Dave, and I had spent dozens of hours working on incremental improvements to his sound, and the latest iteration is quite a …

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Clip To Be A Square

Clip To Be A Square

The reason the fast Fourier transform (FFT) gets so much attention in audio is that it allows us to look under the hood of a complex waveform and discover what frequencies are present. The converse is also true: by combining sine waves of various frequencies and phases, we can create any waveform we like. This …

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3 Live Sound Myths for the New Year

3 Live Sound Myths for the New Year

Originally posted on January 1st 2019. In the tradition of the incomparable Ethan Winer, here are three audio myths pertaining to live sound that have cropped up around the live sound forums this year. May your new year be peaceful, happy, productive, and factually accurate. Myth: Turning a subwoofer away from you reverses the polarity. FACT: The rear …

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