Monthly Archives - April 2016

How to master live sound in a small room

Small rooms are often favoured by bands and audience members due to the connection they enable between both parties. Think back to your favourite gig as an attendee, and I bet it was in a tiny venue. Unfortunately, mixing sound in small rooms presents just as big a challenge as doing so in their large cousins. Instead of trying to make a cavernous, reverberating room sound pleasing to the ear, sound engineers have to contend with the tricky task of [...]

Asked to ‘turn it down’? What causes a gig to be too loud?

If you’re a sound engineer or a gigging band, you’ll be familiar with the following scenario. You’re halfway through the night and the crowd is rocking. The epic medley of Queen songs you’re thrashing your way through is about to reach its crescendo and then, he appears. Meandering through the throng of the dance floor, a grim-faced chap approaches the stage or mixing desk, cups both hands around his mouth and shouts (you assume - you can’t hear him, after [...]