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howard mitchell

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Something Different to Play For.
« on: September 08, 2011, 11:28:14 AM »

Its a new year in the performing arts department of Leicester College where I work as a technician.
The second year BTEC music production students have a unit on "Live Sound".  As an introduction their lecturers had me set up a "Large PA Rig" being fed from a 24 track live recording and have them mix it as if it was a live gig and a "Small Gig" for which we arranged an acoustic guitar/vocalist to play.

However on the second day the guitarist failed to arrive so I played melodeon while the students sorted out a live mix of two microphones and a separate feed from my internal mics.

Bear in mind that they usually deal with contemporary music so it started with the dreaded questions "What is that" and "Where does the sound come out".  In the end most did a creditable job and have learnt to deal with something a little out of the ordinary. They were amazed by the dynamic range.  Even the lecturer wanted to put a compressor in.  I'll have to educate him! It's all been recorded for posterity (and their course marks) and I'm now "The Technician who plays the accordion". I've been called worse.

I must admit I put the box on single reed at one point and just played the top note. It took them a while to find out where the feedback was coming from.

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Re: Something Different to Play For.
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2011, 11:59:48 AM »

I must admit I put the box on single reed at one point and just played the top note. It took them a while to find out where the feedback was coming from.

I like that!  Similarly we had a problem setting up the PA for a ceilidh when the strap got caught around the keyboard.

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Re: Something Different to Play For.
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2011, 12:05:03 PM »

Good stuff  ;D

I hope that I come across some of those students behind sound desks (sans compressor!) in the future. At least we'll get past the conversations about "that thing" and where the sound comes from ... yes, really, it is both ends, that's why I've handed you the ends of two microphone leads. Actually, I'm nice to them, being awkward or sarcastic to sound people is not a good starting point.

Imitating feedback is always a temptation on long boring setups  >:E
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