I am not saying all sound engineers suck, but I have been to too many concerts with idiots on the mixing desk! I am in the process of qualifying to be a sound engineer, and I seem to know a lot more then most of the people doing the jobs themselves. I saw a band the other day called Anathema, and they were great, but the sound engineers did a terrible job, and I mean terrible.
First of all, the band were late coming on because they couldn’t fix a problems with one of the mics. This lasted about twenty minutes. They also wrapped one of the leads connecting the mic around to tight, meaning if one of the members had just tried to move it, it would have pulled the mic out of the socket.
After this, during the first two songs there was constant feedback. They didn’t even try and fix it until one of the band members said something to one of the engineers! This is just terrible! I always seem to be attending concerts were there are loads of problems with the sound! I don’t know if it is like it in other places, but I can tell you one thing, we really do need better sound engineers.
From what I have heard it is because there are too little people trained to be sound engineers out there, so they have loads of open vacancies. This is great for people like me, because it means we have a better chance of getting a job, but it isn’t good for the actual shows themselves. We need more sound engineers, and mainly ones who are good! All of the roles were filled the other night, and yet the job they did was terrible. I know Anathema’s songs are quite complex because there are lots of different instruments, which means lots of channels, but come on! Sorting feedback is simple! You just need to send the signal to an Aux channel and add a High Pass Filter! It takes like two seconds if you know how to do it right!
I assume it is because the Slade Rooms (the place I saw Anathema at) had to scrape the bottom of the barrel for sound engineers because it is a very small venue, but they could have at least got people who knew what they were doing, and it doesn’t give the other venues that I saw bigger bands at an excuse. I saw Metallica at the LG Arena in 2008 and for all of the support act you could barely hear the vocals. The entire 45 minute set.
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