Few Live Sound Tips for a Better Mixing Experience
Things will surely go wrong during one of your shows, but maybe some of these live sound suggestions will come in handy.
So keep these pointers in mind the next time you’re mixing a live show.
1. Provide a variety of feedback
This is self-explanatory. The sound-tech, as well as the rest of the audience, are not especially fond of feedback. Make sure your system and microphones can take the high volume you’ll be giving them, and don’t overdo the gain knobs to the point of feedback. If you need to turn things up later, you won’t have much headroom.
2. Ensure that the drum sound is correct.
The sound of live drumming coming through the PA system may be incredible. It is, in my opinion, one of the most crucial aspects of sound. The drum sound frequently determines the quality of the remainder of the concert. Please make sure they’re tight and punchy, and you’ll wow both the audience and the performers.
3. Vocals that have been compressed
In a live environment, some people like to over-compress voices. They ensure that the singer can be heard at all times, which is a suitable method in and of itself. It can, however, detract from the vocal’s warmth and natural quality. It all depends on the genre, so make your own decision.
4. Monitor Placement
To eliminate feedback and ensure that the band can hear themselves, proper monitor location is essential. If they stand too near the artist, sound waves bounce off their feet and never reach their ears. The sound of the monitors will be buried and hidden by the stage sound if they are too far away.
5. Amplifiers that are loud
Having the guitarists crank their amplifiers up too high in a small to medium performance space will detract from an otherwise excellent live sound.
Good monitor placement and semi-quiet amplifiers will aid in the resolution of any issues artists may have with their stage sound. However, if a guitarist persists in turning up the volume on his amplifier to eleven simply because it sounds better that way, send them away from the crowd. They won’t bleed as much into the P.A. this way.
6. Stay away from the faders
I don’t think you should adjust faders and alter EQ settings every second if you have a wonderful sound-check and everything sounds nice together. During the songs, keep an eye out for weird things that need to be fixed.
Additionally, when a band sounds excellent, you may concentrate on the creative aspects of the concert, such as employing effects, reverbs, and delays. You may significantly impact how the band sounds life, especially if you know the band and its content.
7. Some Bands Mix Their Music
As a follow-up to the previous remark, some bands blend themselves. Some bands are just so fantastic and tight live that you don’t have to worry about them after the sound is set up. And that’s fantastic because it makes you appear even better.