By Nick Shively
All too often I've been called in to run sound at an event as a hired gun, only to step up to a mixer configuration that flies in the face of logic or reason. Sure, I can grit my teeth and power through it, but if I had my way I would rip out the snake and repatch everything. With the advancement of digital mixers, getting what I want where I want it has become a ton easier. This topic maybe be old-hat for the experienced live engineers, but for the upcoming wave of newbies, I may be able help users bypass the school of hard knocks.
More and more I am witnessing corporate production companies make the move to supplying sound for concerts, and with multiple band changeovers involved, the mixer layout becomes paramount. Moving from the boardroom to the stage can be overwhelming the first few times out.
Was this information helpful? Lets hear your thoughts in the comments. Hopefully this has pointed some aspiring engineers in the right direction, or acted as a refresher course for the veterans. In the coming weeks we will be covering different aspects of live events, from band changeovers, handling monitor mixes, to my biggest pet peeve question: "Cool speakers, how many watts are they?"