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Things will inevitably go wrong at one of your gigs but maybe some of these live sound tips might help you out. So next time you are mixing a live gig, remember these tips.
Be Vary of Feedback This goes without saying. Feedback is not a particularly good friend of the sound-tech, nor the rest of the crowd. It will leave no headroom if you need to turn things up later. In my opinion it is one of the most important elements of sound. Getting the drum sound right can often determine the quality of the rest of the show. Over Compressed Vocals Some like to over-compress vocals in a live setting. They make sure the singer can be heard at all times and in itself is a valid technique.
However, it can de-emphasize the feel and natural quality of the vocal. It all depends on the genre, so decide on this one yourselves. Monitor Positioning Good monitor positioning is critical to avoid feedback and making sure the band can hear themselves. If they are too close to the artist the sound waves just travel around their feet, never reaching their ears.
And if they are too far away, the sound of the monitors will get buried and masked by the stage sound. Loud amplifiers In a small to medium concert venue, having the guitarists turn their amplifiers up too loud will compromise an otherwise great live sound. Good monitor positioning and semi-quiet amplifiers will help fix any problems artist have with their stage sound. But if a guitarist insists on cranking his amplifier up to eleven just because it only sounds good that way, try turning them away from the audience.
Also, when you have a band sounding good you can focus on the creative part of the show, using effects, reverbs and delays. Especially if you know the band and their material, you can be a major influence in how they sound live. Some Bands Mix Themselves Follwing up on the last statement, some band just mix themselves. Just keep these things in mind and things will most definitely go more smoothly.
Live Sound Mixing
7 Live Sound Tips for a Better Mixing Experience
Live Sound Mixing by Duncan Fry