How To Communicate With Musicians


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As a live sound tech I interact with a lot of musicians, from seasoned professionals to amateurs playing their first gig. One thing remains constant regardless of the experience level of the performers, is that good communication helps make a good show.

This article will be in two main parts: tips for technicians and tips for performers. Before that I’ll start … Read More

The Folly Of Jumping To Conclusions


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Today’s myth to bust:   “There’s no reason you should need that in your chain, I can’t see it yielding usable results.”   Since when can we judge the sound of a chain on a specific source without hearing the actual audio?   Since when does a picture of a chain give you enough information to know exactly how it … Read More

Gain Staging For Amp Sims


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Amp sims, like their real world counterparts, are non-linear processes. As you increase the input level, they saturate and distort more. As you decrease the input signal, they clean up more. It’s important to remember this characteristic, as you can drastically change the response of the amp sim by adjusting the input level. Let’s start with some numbers. My interface … Read More