Lessons in Live Audio: Sound Tip #8 – Don’t give up! Get creative!

I’m going to have to post this in both the Pro Tips section and the Blog section. I had a client this weekend have a conference and during their last night they had a 6 piece band scheduled to play, and they hired my services to run sound for the production/event. I was told that equipment would be provided and they just wanted a person to set up and run the board. This was a great event and what might have been a bad experience for many, was turned into a venue for creative sound design and a few valuable lessons. The event was held at a nice hotel in Nashville TN in a standard size...

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Back from the road…

I just spent the past three days on the road. I was asked to go help with some shows in Charlotte NC. It was pretty straight forward, no “ah ha!” moments, it was just a lot of fun. The show happened to be at a rather large church and there was a pretty good size attendance. There is something about piling into a van and driving 8 hours with a bunch of guys to go perform that is more rugged or manly than camping with a hungry bear in your tent. Maybe it’s the “Hunter” mentality, you go out, kill a show, and drag home a pay check… I don’t know, it is...

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Why Sound?

I have had a cold the past couple of days… speaking of cold, has anyone seen winter? Its a lovely 60+ degrees here in Nashville TN and seeing how we just transitioned back from Florida, the weather hasn’t exactly been a challenge to get used to. I hope that I will soon be working on another TV pilot. The script and preproduction has been put into motion, and after a little funding is acquired to the producers of the pilot, we will be able to get the show on the road (so to speak). I’ve come to terms with a few professional struggles lately. I have rarely considered sound...

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Azden FMX 42-A Field Mixer (Review)

I recently purchased a new field mixer. In the past I would normally use the Shure FP33 mixer, it has great features and is well worth the investment. However, I have recently been hearing a lot of chatter about the “Azden FMX 42-a” (seen Here). With a retail price of $539 and wanting something more budget friendly for regular traveling, I decided to give it a shot. The amount of features packed into this little mixer was enough to get anyones attention. It was almost too good to be true.         Don’t believe me? Just look at these specs: – 4 XLR...

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“It’s an industry standard” is a bunch of junk! (with DAWs)

Look, this is straight forward and is bound to cause someone to stop reading my blogs. However, the sentence “it’s an industry standard” in the digital age, is a bunch of garbage. In the days of analog audio, this could ring true. In hardware like microphones, headphones, speakers, etc… I’ll accept that industry standards are built over time and can provide reliability and long term value. Gibson guitars, RE-20 microphones, and Shure FP33 field mixers are great examples of industry standards that hold well deserved fame in music, broadcasting, and field...

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Pilot Shoot … that’s a wrap!

We just finished the TV Pilot “Strange Times” and it is now in the capable hands of the post production team! It wasn’t always easy, but it never ceased to be a ton of fun! One of the best things about working on projects like this ┬áis the people you get to meet. When an entire team has to be orchestrated and brought together to complete something as large as a TV show, you always get the opportunity to meet new people. I made new friends and learned new techniques and tricks for sound production (never stop learning! No matter how much you think you know, there is someone...

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