Getting the most Level out of your system – Beginners Guide to Graphic EQ

So you have a sound rig, and every time you push the volume on the desk, an annoying whistle of feedback scuppers your day. This issue can be made even worse when a microphone is in front of a speaker, or pointed towards it. You may think that theres nothing that can be done toContinue reading “Getting the most Level out of your system – Beginners Guide to Graphic EQ”

What is a good distance to speak into a lectern mic?

This is a question that I get asked all too often. Ideally, you should be standing upright in a comfortable position. With Lectern mics, its best if you don’t wander around, and ideally keep facing forward whilst speaking. The more movement and head turning there is. The less likely you are to have clean audio.Continue reading “What is a good distance to speak into a lectern mic?”

What is a Sting?

A sting is music that allows a speaker / award winner to make their way to stage without the awkward silence while they make their way between chairs. Its usually dropped in at the most recognised part of the song.

More favourite songs.

Carrying on from where my last music blog left off, I have a new selection of tunes for you to check out! Fort Minor – In Stereo Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud Josh Devine & Ollie Green – Jailhouse Michael Jackson – Beat It Alexander Stewart – Human Dave Matthews Band – Ants Marching Gary Go – So So The Lonely IslandContinue reading “More favourite songs.”

Current Favourite Songs

Some of these artists and songs are new to my collection, while others are old favourites! I do quite a bit of Website maintenance, and other office related work. I’ve very thankful for having these KRK’s in my arsenal, allowing a ‘true’ sound. These songs are the ones which get me through the slog ofContinue reading “Current Favourite Songs”

What’s in the Peli?

I carry a pretty comprehensive toolcase with me to most gigs. It has grown significantly over the last few years. When I started out, just carrying Lx tape, Sharpie, Leatherman and Torch shoved in a rucksack got me by. Nowadays, there is a higher expectation on my to have everything and make the gig work,Continue reading “What’s in the Peli?”

Beginners Guide – Microphones

Being the Second part of my Beginners Guide, we shall focus at the start of the Signal Chain, and later posts will focus on later items. As stated in the previous post, Microphones and Speakers are both Transducers, converting energy from one form to another. Microphone transfer Kinetic (movement energy) to Electrical energy, where as SpeakersContinue reading “Beginners Guide – Microphones”

Beginners Guide – Signal Chain

This is going to be the first ‘beginners guide’ to sound post. I don’t intend to go into too much detail, as I d often do training sessions with groups, that go into more detail. If your interested in that, get in contact. So short and sweet it is!

Music worth listening to!

Many many songs have been written, many genre’s.. over a large amount of time. As a Sound Engineer / Producer, I get to listen to a wide variety of music, and this blog post will concentrate on some killer bands, songs and hopefully educate some of you in lesser know artists. I don’t really likeContinue reading “Music worth listening to!”

Worship on a budget

My last post covered how I run Backing Tracks in a worship setting. But this isn’t the only way to do it, its very effective, allows for expansion. Though its quite complex for the beginner and takes a while to setup. Ideally also takes a car to carry it all around & offers a wide range of flexibility,Continue reading “Worship on a budget”

Wedges vs InEars

Note to you that this is a long post, with many sections. And while I will aim to cover all the options and keep impartial it may not happen. Also I am writing this post more from my musician side rather than a technical perspective, although they naturally collide, (apologies if you wanted to know whetherContinue reading “Wedges vs InEars”

iPad Apps for Live Sound – Part 3 – iLive Mix Pad

Here comes part 3 of the series… Allen&Heath’s Mix Pad – iLive Series I use iLive desks quite regularly. Although I try not to use the iPad app that often, I have been forced to use it in venues where the desk is up on a balcony / side stage. You will see why by the endContinue reading “iPad Apps for Live Sound – Part 3 – iLive Mix Pad”

iPad Apps for Live Sound – Part 1 – Yamaha Stage Mix

I have had quite a bit of experience with the various medium sized digital consoles. and as part of how I work, I use the iPad apps to either run around the room, or set stage levels. I thought that I could leave you with a summary of my favourite features of the apps andContinue reading “iPad Apps for Live Sound – Part 1 – Yamaha Stage Mix”