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Ales Stefancic has served for more than 20 years as a FOH/monitoring engineer, in addition to being a technical director and mix engineer for the band Siddharta. Based in Slovenia, Europe, he's also a musician and project studio owner. Go to gainmedialab.com for more of his articles and a roster of upcoming online courses.
Latest Posts by Ales
Open To Everyone? Can “Just Anyone” Be A Sound Engineer?
During a talk at a recent event, I received a question from an attendee who asked if “just anyone” can learn to become a competent…
A Minimalist Approach: Effectively Using Just One Effect In The Mix
I like using spatial effects to create interesting moments in the music coming from the stage. A well-chosen reverb that supports the mood and the…
Pet Peeves: It Can Never All Be Just Fun & Games…
To me, audio is utterly satisfying – it excites, intrigues and fuels me. The entire field, from music creation and production, studio work, and live…
Getting Down To Business: Insights On Success In The Corporate Event Market
Recently I was working a large corporate event. I was only there as the monitor engineer for one of the bands that was part of…
Advice For DJs: Some Obvious & Not-So-Obvious Things That Make A Big Difference
About half of the gigs I do include DJs who either fill the downtime between band changeovers or have their own set time after the…
From The Outset: Strategies For Success With Source Input Mixing
With the introduction of digital consoles, better microphone options, PA systems with higher fidelity and more pre-production time, the gap between the worlds of studio…
Guerrilla Mixing: Making It Happen – With Excellence – When The Chips Are Down
In a perfect world of mixing audio, we would always have the right information and plenty of time to act on it. This includes information…
The Right Balance: Thoughts On Overhead Deployments With Drum Kits
I was recently asked to provide a few insights on mixing drums live. After pondering the topic for a while, I thought it might be…
Educational Disasters: The Upside Of Gigs That Don’t Go Quite As Planned
A colleague recently posted about a gig he worked that didn’t quite go the way he planned. He was placed in a position that many…
Less Is More? Do Fewer Channels And An Acoustic Performance Make For An Easier Gig?
“It’s going to be an easy gig – we only have three vocal microphones and an acoustic guitar.” This is a sentence I’ve heard many…
Sound Check Priorities: Should The Least-Used Instruments Get More Attention?
In an ideal world, live sound engineers would have all the time they needed to perform an in-depth audio analysis of every input that finds…
Mixing Or Mastering? Reflections On A Changing Paradigm For Live Engineers
I’ve been standing in front of mixing consoles for almost two decades now. From my first encounters with knobs and switches on a small-format analog…