[Dixielandjazz] Sound Engineers
LARRY'S Signs and Large Format Printing
sign.guy at charter.net
Thu Jun 9 12:15:57 PDT 2005
Your post made me laugh. After playing many park concerts the sound guys
that work for the county parks really try but usually don't make it and
haven't a clue.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Kashishian" <jim at kashprod.com>
To: <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 09, 2005 4:36 AM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Sound Engineers
> Bob Ringwald wrote:
> I sometimes think that there is an organization of amateur sound persons
> get together at conventions & figure out how they can best screw up a
> musician's performance.
> Made me laugh, Bob. Naturally, we've had those kind. How 'bout the ones
> that insist on raising the fader of each soloist, inspite of the fact you
> give strict instructions that once the balance is made, they shouldn't
> I was once on the stage for a large tv show with a show band, and a bit of
> the show featured Gerry Mulligan's group (while we sat reverently
> Gerry backed away from his mike at one point on purpose. UP went the
> volume! He backed away more, and again, the engineer raised the fader!
> After various efforts at backing away, Gerry finally turned his back to
> mike (& audience) to get the desired effect he was hoping for!!!
> Anyway, funny you should give your long list of things sound guys/gals
> to do, when we had the perfect sound man last night. We played a dinner
> one of those huge halls where they do exhibitions for conventions. 2,000
> people were seated. Now, a jazz band for dinner music can be a disaster
> such a huge hall, if (a) the band has little sense, and (b) the engineer
> less sense!
> Well, we know how to do our part, and this guy was 100%!
> Sound check: normally the band is told to arrive and then the sound truck
> shows up...meaning about a 2 hr wait. Nope, this was all set up & tested
> (yes, each mike actually worked!). A monitor for each of us? Yes! Band
> squeezed into our normal jazz club area, although the stage was huge?
> Bang, bash, clink, clink. Ok, drums. Tinkle, tinkle, ok piano. Dong,
> dong, dong. Ok, bass. "You like your monitor mix?" Yes! Voice, bone,
> trumpet mics tried out, and mix fine in the monitors. Ok! "Play me a
> tune", says the mixer. We did. Done! Less than 30 minutes.
> That was at 1pm. Came back at 10pm for the dinner (dinner is late in
> Spain!). Had time for a quick snack and a beer ourselves, got the money
> the gig (important part!),and began playing at 10:45. Finished at 12:15.
> large part of the diners had their seats swivelled around to see the band
> better by the end of the meal. Why? The band is decent & the sound was
> decent. It's a double act! Anything different can be a disaster.
> Nothing whatsoever had changed in the monitor mix from our sound check up
> the concert, which is unusual. Never can understand why things change by
> turning off the equipment & turning it back on, but it usually does!
> one thing you forgot to put in your list, Bob! Sound for the diners?
> Dunno, but can only gather it was as good as the wonderful, clear sound we
> had. They were using those huge, flying stacks of speakers. Didn't see
> anyone putting their napkins in their ears, which is a good sign! :>
> (Oh, and we were projected on two monstrous screens on each side of the
> band. I could see one of the screens & they got a great shot of the
> trumpeter's Real Madrid (football team) ring while showing his flying
> fingers! Very tasty video work!)
> We all decided that if we were big time, we would have doubled this sound
> guy's usual pay to get him to travel with us!
> Next Saturday's gig is a private garden birthday party. Sound guy is me,
> I'll bash anyone in the band that complains! :>
> Nice to be able to report something nice from time to time!
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