I’ve noticed that you’re growing in numbers and I’m extremely grateful for that, if a little surprised that anyone would want to read this!
I must apologise for my lack of posting lately. I have a few things going on in my personal life that have meant I’ve had limited time to dedicate to anything that isn’t 100% essential, so the blog has suffered.
I’ll be back though.
I have been contacted by someone (other than my Mum or Dad) who has READ THIS BLOG!
They have recently produced a paper on the divide of Music and Sound from a historical context and has focused on it from the opposite angle - the aspects of Music aside from Sound (whereas I am more equipped to talk about the aspects of Sound aside from Music). They are emailing it to me so that I can look at things from another angle and I’m really excited to see this and talk about their paper.
Digital Desk Dilemma
Every Yamaha O2R Mixing Desk I go near comes up with a new and more imaginative error message before I even touch it. I step away, someone else uses it and it’s fine. Why is this?
An Architect, an Artist and a Sound Engineer were discussing whether it was better to spend time with the Wife or a Mistress.
The Architect said he enjoyed time with his Wife, building a solid foundation for an enduring relationship.
The Artist said he enjoyed time with his Mistress, because of the passion and mystery he found there.
The Sound Engineer said, “I like both.”
The Engineer said, “Yeah. If you have a Wife and a Mistress, they’ll each assume you’re spending time with the other woman, and you can go to the studio and get some work done.
Tonight’s gig was truly bizarre.
The room they were playing in was about the size of my lounge (it’s a fairly large lounge but it was a VERY small venue…)
We did a kit reccy yesterday to see what they had there and what we needed to take.
They had 2x Pioneer CDJ1000s, 2x Technics 1210s and a DJ Mixer with a large amount of speakers.
We decided to bring our full PA.
I gathered half of the equipment and made a list for someone else to gather the rest of the equipment. 2 of the technicians from work offered to set it up so that I could have a few hours break before going to the gig. When they got there, the half of the equipment that I had not gathered was either missing or incorrect, despite having been ticked off as “Loaded”…
The phonecalls began.
I did not get my 2 hours break.
The technicians went home (rightly so, their working day had finished) and I did a quick backtrack of what had happened. The Sound Engineer seemed happy with the levels but complained he could get nothing but feedback coming through the monitors (perhaps he should have read my earlier post?) and was refusing to use the Peavey Graphic EQ with which I had provided him. He ended up unplugging them and getting the Musicians to play deaf. This was acceptable in the small room we were in, but in future I would advise him against it.
We had been provided with the wrong amplifier so couldn’t use the speakers we intended to. Luckily in the tiny room we got away with it, but it was still another example of poor organisation, the one thing that has made gigs difficult for us in the past.
I had never seen an 8 piece band perform a rock version of “Kill You” by Eminem.
I have now.