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Articles Tagged Old Soundman

  • Friday, June 22, 2012
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    PSW Staff 06/22/12 04:52 PM,
    I don’t think this note is from the original LL Cool J. This other LL we have here needs to learn that you can’t put 100 prisoners in a correctional system bus made for 40. Watch as I reason gently with him … Dear Old Soundman— Welcome, LL! Please help. I currently run sound for an eight-piece group that includes a three-piece horn section. My problem is not getting a good clear sound; either I get the rhythm section to… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionBusinessEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnicianAudio

  • Wednesday, June 06, 2012
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    Old Soundman 06/06/12 02:41 PM,
    Dear OSM: I’m wondering if you have had this question before… Probably, but go ahead. … I work for a local company with dreams of going regional/national… You have something in common with many fellow Americans! And foreigners too! … although my employer never seems to get the gigs. See, you have even more in common with many audio servants! As well as people all over who work for caterers, Top-40 bands, laser companies, gardening services, and of course, the… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollBusinessEngineerSound ReinforcementAudio

  • Tuesday, April 10, 2012
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    Old Soundman 04/10/12 09:31 AM,
    Dear Old Soundman: “I don’t have a nickname. How do I get one? Do I need one?” Sincerely, Scohen Dude! You absolutely need one! Everybody needs one! How about if I call you “Sco”? That is what aspiring young “yo-cat” fusion musicians at the Berklee School of Music in the 80s called guitarist John Scofield. These are the same obsessive characters who smugly referred to Charlie Parker as “Bird” and John Coltrane as “Trane,” and sat around discussing “Chick” and… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionBusinessEducationEngineerTechnicianAudio

  • Friday, January 13, 2012
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    Old Soundman 01/13/12 09:40 AM,
    Dear Old Soundman: Recently I’ve been doing many more concerts where concert grand pianos are being played (and in some cases two at the same time) by very talented musicians. My question is directed at providing the very best sound reinforcement possible in an outdoor environment for these pianos. I’ve tried a number of combinations, and last year did several shows using two Shure SM81 condensers. I placed each a few inches over the strings, essentially horizontal (aiming down the… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollBusinessMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStageAudio

  • Thursday, January 05, 2012
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    Old Soundman 01/05/12 01:45 PM,
    Dear Old Soundman: Studio engineers verses front-of-house engineers - can they be one and the same? Studio guys don’t want to let us get a shot at their jobs, because we would wipe the floor with them! Unfortunately, we would also wipe the floor with their clients! Do I really want to spend three months listening to some rock star (who tries to pretend he’s a man of the people) reveal how completely dependent he is on the click track,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollEducationEngineerMixerSignalSound ReinforcementSystemAudio

  • Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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    Old Soundman 12/13/11 10:08 AM,
    There’s so much hating going on nowadays! We even see it among over-the-hill yuppie sound guys who have heard songs by a certain band played too many times to check sound systems nationwide. But I’m not going to pile on the crowd of haters! Not even when I receive notes like this one from Tim. No! The OSM is on the love trip! Dear OSM: When you’re preparing for a rock gig at your club, what tunes do you like… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureOpinionPollBusinessEngineerSignalSound ReinforcementSystemTechnicianAudio

  • Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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    Old Soundman 11/22/11 07:49 AM,
    Somebody has been feeding misinformation to our pal Roy here. He wrote in twice and I have taken the liberty of mixing and matching excerpts from both his missives. Good Sir - Yes, Roy! I was hoping you would grace us with your suggestions on mic’ing guitar amps, placement and such. When you go to concerts, do you ever see the taped “X” on some poser’s 4 x 12 cabinet? Either he or his guitar tech has painstakingly determined that… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollBusinessEngineerMicrophoneSound ReinforcementAudio

  • Friday, September 16, 2011
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    Old Soundman 09/16/11 01:14 PM, 3 Comments
    Hey OSM Hey Dan! Yoko Onos. You know what I mean, I’m sure everyone who has sat behind a sound board knows what I mean. The know-it-all girl friends of the prima-donna lead singers. Oh, yes. And really, they can be the girlfriend of any band member. Her guy is always not loud enough in the mix. But a word of caution, Dan. Please do not libel Yoko Ono. I know that it is tempting to blame her for the… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollBusinessSound ReinforcementSystemAudio

  • Monday, September 05, 2011
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    Old Soundman 09/05/11 10:37 AM,
    Here’s one of those situations that make you wonder about your career choice or where you are in your life path. Pay close attention, our buddy Brian is showing us how to keep the disgustedness in check and not resort to a brick through the front window of this fine establishment… Dear OSM: O.K., try this one out… Hit me with it, Bri! Let me have it! You just found out the band you regularly mix for has a gig… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeaturePollConcertInstallationInterconnectLoudspeakerMixerSignalSound ReinforcementSystemAudio

  • Monday, August 22, 2011
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    PSW Staff 08/22/11 05:21 PM, 0 Comments
    Greetings, Old Soundman, from the Great North Woods - And greetings to you from my secret location. Dick Cheney’s got nothing on me! I’m not all that old, only been riding the faders for a few years now. Ride ‘em, soundman! Yee-ha!! Hey, did you ever hear of the X Bar X Boys? The calluses are just about right on my fingers and in my ears. What a bizarre viewpoint you have. I don’t really like to think about calluses.… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureOpinionPollEngineerTechnician

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