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cas-audio:

I’m totally not against touring engineers coming with bands. Like it makes my job waaaay easier and the band will have a better result with someone who knows their sound and their music.

BUT

I would like to know they have a touring engineer sooner than 2 minutes before they go on.

Is that wrong?

C/A

I included my contact in the rider. Plus I’m on site at least an hour or so before soundcheck :) I like to take my time.

First post

How about I stop liking and rebloging posts and finally write my own? Just let me take a deep breath :)

So, this blog is going to be mainly about live audio and the gear I use, maybe some techniques and so on.

I started with a small PA which I “inherited” from my father in law. He used to do small PA setups for speeches etc. I kinda carried on with it, but my appetite was much bigger. A little over a year ago an opportunity arised. A local school wanted to have a charity show to raise money for the kids. I agreed to do the show. And failed miserably. The audience got what they came for, don’t worry about that. But musicians’ monitors were out of place, everything on the stage got mixed up (mics, DI boxes)… A real mess. After the show was over I took some time to really think about what went so horribly wrong. And then a sudden moment of realisation - this is why many performers don’t like the sound guy: they/we sometimes have to be a bitch about everything that’s on stage. It’s our job to get your performance to the crowd and we can’t do it if you keep reordering the mics, can’t remember which DI is yours… How would you like it if I tuned your guitar? Maybe with a little tweak? Anyway, I decided to put it behind me and carry on. Soon after new year my sister in law, who sings in a female choir, said to me they were looking for someone to take care of their sound on the shows. The choir basically had two demands: keep the choir over the band for the audience and set the choir up with their own monitors. I took some time to think about it, because I hate to overpromise (and under deliver). Doing a choir was something I never tried before. And I knew if I failed this time, I better sell my gear and spend some time with my family. But - propably against all odds - it turned out to be great! Truth be told, i spent a lot of time studying, experimenting with mixer, mics, speakers… And it finally paid off. Now we’ve been on shows together for the last 4 months and it gets even better - the drumer of the supporting band for the choir has a band of his own. And I was asked to be their sound engineer! I guess this is one of those “if at first you don’t succeed, try again” episodes where at first failure and then hard work really paid off. Stay tuned for more! -Joe