One of the first rules of the road is Be On Time! It’s generally considered in the professional concert touring industry that if you are on time, you are late. That means if bus call is 9 am, you should be already checked out of the hotel, on the bus and ready to roll at 9, preferably at least 5 minutes prior. If the show starts at 8 you should be in your position no later than 10 minutes prior.
If you are working a show as a stagehand, it’s very important that you show up on time for labor calls. Load in, Show call, and Load out all start at a pre-determined time, not whenever you decide to show up.
You may think being just ten minutes late to a load in is not a big deal when in fact the rest of the crew are now having to work harder to make up for the missing crewman/woman -YOU! Work happens fast on a live show or event and a LOT happens in a very short time. So if you show...
So you want to get started in live sound and you are wondering where you can get some experience or a job? How and where do you do that?
How much do you know?
If you have only very basic or no knowledge, you’ll want to choose carefully. Equally important as what you learn is who you learn from. Studying under the wing of someone who is well respected and has a professional attitude will get you further than the local sound tech who is known for being miserable and doing shoddy work.
If you have zero knowledge and are looking to get some education in audio and music production there are many options, ranging from basic courses to full-blown university degrees.
No matter which route you choose, it’s important to understand how this business works. The reality is you are not going to graduate from one of the many technical schools and be immediately hired by Taylor Swift to mix her next tour.
Degree or not, you need to gain some real-world...
1. Know the frequencies. In order to eliminate feedback you must be able to identify the frequency feeding back.
2. Use proper speaker placement. Keep the mic line upstage of the PA Speakers.
3. Ring out the vocal microphones in the PA.
4. Start with good sounds at the source.
5. Use the right microphone. Pick the right type of mic and pickup pattern for your needs.
6. Use proper mic placement. Close mic’ing is the preferred method in live sound.
7. Understand and implement proper gain structure of your inputs.
8. Use subtractive EQ rather than additive.
9.Understand signal flow to avoid unwanted mechanical feedback.
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