Hello everyone, I realise its been a while. This summer has been a busy one. More on that soon.
Mister Maker & the Shapes Live
So a quick update, as of the beginning of September this year I’ve been the sound operator and tech on the Mister Maker & the Shapes LIVE! tour. We’re currently in the Swansea Grand Theatre, and have already been to Northampton, Southend and St Albans.
This job has been great, I’m currently looking after radio microphones and QLab from a Yamaha LS9 16 digital mixing desk. It’s been brilliant seeing all these new venues and their different sound systems. I’ve been using the in house sound systems as well as the in house monitor wedges. For those starting out in the world of audio this something you’ll need to be able to adapt to quickly, is to able to get the mix where you want it in a brand new room and a new system, and doing it quickly. There will inevitably be moments where things happen during a get-in, and you may well be pushed for time.
This tour is running until the beginning of November, where we all take a break to do panto, then jump back on the tour again next year till June. It’s a great show, the cast and crew are all really lovely and it’s a pleasure being involved.
Here’s the promo video to see exactly what we’ve all been doing:
The results are in from my Favourite Digital Mixing Desks Poll last week. So, the winners are:
Joint 1st – Yamaha and MIDAS
2nd – Soundcraft
3rd – Digico
Very interesting findings. I didn’t think there would be a joint winner but it was a very interesting result.
Welcome to my blog on all on my adventures in audio.
So, let’s begin. Back in May I was in a tour bus driving through France with a Motown function band, and the gig we did that night was in Bordeaux. During that long journey, it really got me thinking about what things to bring to gigs that aren’t immediately obvious. Let me explain..
At the gig we had a relatively standard setup, a HK Audio Actor DX rig FOH (1 top, 2 subs a side) and HK Audio monitor wedges. The desk was a Mackie 1608, their wireless iPad desk, and 4 members of the band were all using in ears. They were playing with a click track, which also featured a drum track as the band didn’t have a drummer for this gig.
So already a lot to think about. We ended up using a selection of bits and pieces from my toolbox including:
• Mini jack to phono lead with phono to jack adapters (this was for the playback going into a DI box from a laptop
• Speakon adapters (to extend the speakon cable between monitor wedges)
• UK to Euro power adapters (these were obviously needed to run all the PA and the backline)
• Jack to XLR (this was because the desk has jack outputs and the in-ear monitors had XLR inputs on the receivers as well as XLR inputs for the monitors/amplifier)
So there we are, without these odd little things, the gig wouldn’t have happened. No-one would have been able to hear anything on stage for monitoring, there wouldn’t have been a drummer backing track and the monitors would not have been in the right place. Plus, as we were in the middle of nowhere in France, it wasn’t like I could pop home if I had forgotten something. I remember starting out and getting excited about microphones, speakers and mixing desks. But it’s important to remember the little things too. Here are some more examples of what I take out to shows:
Extra mic clips
XLR couplers – both female to female and male to male
Batteries – 9v, AA, AAA
Moongel and drum key
13a to 16a power adapter
16a to 13a power adapter
Here’s to many more blog posts and I’ll try and blog as many times as I can during these busy times.