It’s definitely time to switch to Clear Sound Atlanta if …

The Right Sound for Your EventClear Sound Atlanta was launched to remedy a common problem many local musicians face during live performances — poor sound quality.

Achieving clear sound is a science that requires quality sound equipment and an experienced sound professional.

It’s time to switch to Clear Sound Atlanta if during sound check, or during a live performance you experience any of the following:

  1. A musician isn’t playing in time or looks lost.
  2. The house mix doesn’t sound right.
  3. Musicians are signaling they need more volume or “more me” in their mix.

Clear Sound Atlanta was originally founded to support live music performances. CSA provides sound reinforcement for small jazz bands and acoustical groups to larger funk, rock, and R&B ensembles.

CSA has an extensive inventory of sound equipment and a team of service-oriented sound technicians who are professionally trained to deliver high quality sound.

Contact us today for additional information about our sound reinforcement services.

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Get the Most Out of Your Sound Check

Shout out to Chris Huff over at Behind the Mixer for writing an excellent post, “Taking Control of Your Music: Musician’s Guide to Sound Checking.”

Below are 4 easy steps to get the most out of your sound check.

Line check.
Sound tech verifies that all of the equipment on the stage is sending a signal to the mixer. They will verify each instrument/vocal one at a time. This process requires all members on the stage to be quiet when it’s not your turn.

Setting your volume.
Technically speaking, the sound tech sets what is called the gain structure of each instrument/voice. The sound tech can do this either one by one or while your band is playing. Ask your sound tech which method he wants you to use. Once this process is complete, they will have a rough volume setting for you but it’s not totally indicative of the final mix so don’t think too much as to how it sounds in the house mix.

Setting monitor volumes.

In the case of spot monitors / floor monitors, the sound tech will work with each person one at a time. Point to the musician you need in your monitor and then give the sound guy the up/down/ok signal.

The last step is simple – just play.
At this point, you should at least play one or two songs that are to be played during the event. During this time, the sound tech will tweak your sounds as necessary through the use of EQ and other effects. This is a crucial time for them to get your sound right.

You might see your sound tech walking randomly around the room at some point. Don’t think they have finally cracked. They are checking how the mix sounds in different parts of the room. The dynamics of the room play a part in how they mix the music. They might also have to turn down your overall monitor volume if it’s negatively affecting the sound in the house. If they do this and you can’t hear a particular sound any more, talk with them about the issue and see what can be done to rectify the situation.

One final note on the sound check process, when you play songs for the sound tech to set a good mix, play songs you know well and don’t stop and start. It’s not the time to start discussing arrangement changes with the band. Save that for later during practice if you have to do it at all.

RECAP:
Step 1: Line check to verify signals being sent to mixer
Step 2: Play so your volume can be set
Step 3: Set those monitors
Step 4: Play so the sound tech can mix.

Ask for a written outline.
Finally, your sound guy might have a slightly different process for your sound check. Follow his direction and also have him/her give you a written outline of their sound check process so you can share it with the rest of the band.

Original article written by Chris Huff of Behind the Mixer

Super Bowl Halftime Debacle

Chris Huff of Behind the Mixer wrote an excellent post about the Super Bowl Half-Time Debacle:

We totally agree with Chris. We cringed as we watched the half time show — missed cues, lack of vocal compression on a singer, and a television audio mix that had the depth of a bad IEM mix… so what happened?

We don’t know what went wrong and we’re not going to be quick to judge. However, there are a few lessons that can be learned:

  1. You never know what could happen, the quality of audio production can tank for a variety of reasons. If everything turns south always have a back up plan.
  2. Someone could easily change a setting on the recording device, it’s important to know the equipment well enough to quickly identify and fix it.
  3. Things come up, it’s important to have a fill in engineer available just in case you fall ill or have a family emergency.
  4. In the case of submixes…imagine if the drummer’s small stage mixer was sending a terrible mix during the first set of the service. Know what to do to fix it!
  5. Imagine if your digital mixer had the settings reset (and you lost the saved setting). Could you rebuilt the mix from scratch during the first song? What would you prioritize?

Better to learn from someone else’s mistake … it all goes back to the Boy Scout motto…always be prepared.

Original article written by Chris Huff of Behind the Mixer