Sound Off About Sound On: An Amplification Journal

This edition: EQ

Must be nice to have “roadies” and tech support like engineers to mix you live.

Well at least some idiot isn’t dropping my amp: I am.

Or some moron isn’t scewing up the sound or dropping a minature Stonehenge with dancing midgets: I am… well except the midgets/Stone part.

But I have become convinced that I need to do more EQ. I always have, and of course I’m very focused on it when I mix. But live, well it’s one more piece of tech to fail and set up when sometimes I’m left with little time. But I have found every room is so damn specific. I have yet to find one setting that works for all.

In reality each room needs to be tuned to. The gigs I have done that too sound so superior to my ears I would dop it every time. But…

The show must go on no matter what.

I find the major problem with a room is the mid range and that can vary from high mids to low. Gyms are a nightmare and always will be. But cutting lows and mids does help. You would think highs since the there are so many more paks to the “waves,” if you want to refer to them as waves. In reality sound isn’t “waves” unless it’s one frequency and fairly pure: “white” in nature. Almost all sound is beyond “pink” in my opinion.

More on specific frequecies later on, if I get a chance.

But, for now, on with the show!

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Sound Off About Sound On is a column by Ken Carman that offers advice regarding unusual amplification needs: especially for smaller audiences of a unique nature.

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