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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
Reducing The Count: Do I Really Need That Input? How About This One?
I see (and write) a lot of articles dealing with various ways of structuring digital consoles in terms of managing large amounts of inputs. One…
Counterintuitive But True: The Art Of Being Invisible To Get Noticed
Everyone wants to get ahead in their line of work. It’s how we’ve been raised, it’s what life coaches, motivators, influencers, social and mass media…
It’s What We Do: Why Would Anyone Actually Choose A Live Sound Career Path?
In a previous article I discussed the question of whether or not anyone could learn live sound engineering skills. The subsequent…
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…