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Live sound is the art of reinforcing and enhancing sound created live on stage in a way that is complementary to the intentions of the performers

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Multitrack recording solution

I'm helping out a friend with recording his gig, it's a rather small venue, amplified. There are two PA speakers with a sub. The club's mixer is Xenyx 802, not good, but it will do it, because there ...
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How can I make my friend's electric violin sound even more electric (almost like a synth)? (example sound provided)

I have a friend who owns a Yamaha YEV-5 5-string electric violin. Example unedited sound here: He wants to figure out the effects to make it sound practically synth-like,...
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Low frequencies burning out console channels?

I am currently doing sound at a house show venue where a very nice live sound professional has left some of his very expensive equipment. Using his setup exactly as is, I ran the kick drum mic through ...
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Si Performer Soundcraft 2 Recording Main output L&R

I am doing sound for a musical at our school in exactly 6 days, and we are planning on recording it. But last year when they recorded the annual musical, we used direct output from mixbus 6 and took ...
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How can I monitor and send a wet signal from my DAW to my conferencing software?

I purchased a Shure SM57 to use for conference calls. It is connected to an audio interface (RME Babyface original). I want to apply dynamic effects to it but the software that comes with the RME ...
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Is acoustic feedback / echo generation possible without electronics? Low tech, Smaller than a room :D

I'm looking for a way to hear my own voice like what it sounds like out of my head, what others hear. I read about vocalists or rap musicians practicing on the stairs in a building. I read about ...
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What is this guy doing at FOH?

I noticed this guy at front of house during Alkaline Trio's set the other day. He was sitting next to the mixing console with a rack in front of him holding what looked like a Guitar Hero controller. ...
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Why aren't amplifiers aimed AWAY from the audience on live shows?

We all know the problems it causes for the sound engineer at concerts when the guitarist raises the volume mid show. "It goes to 11" But why are amps always behind the artists aimed out at ...
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Macbook Air internal mic is bad for recording vocal music. Should I use an external microphone to pick up sound from the amp? [closed]

I have a Macbook air which has a very bad internal mic to record vocal music, to be honest. I tried using an external mic of a headphone to record audio by keeping it near my Roland amp. This worked ...
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Crackling sound from PC to speakers via mixer

I am new to any audio work. I have an Intel NUC PC with a 3.5 mm TRRS out. It doesn't have a grounded mains plug (I am in the UK). This is connected to a Motu Stage B16 mixer via a TRRS to left/right ...
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How to quickly understand the layout in various digital console

Well i don't know if am asking this question on the right platform but anyways i can't help it so I'll still put it through. With the rapid growth in digital processing from various manufacturers ...
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How to mic a fursuit performer? [duplicate]

I'd like to mic up a singer for a live performance, which sounds normal, but there's a twist: the singer will be wearing a fursuit to perform: something like a mascot costume, including a giant foam ...
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Di-Box, Audio interface or Both for live performances in theatres?

I'm a juggler, selling a circus-musical to theatres in Europe and I have been gradually buying all the equipment that I need to perform with, without borrowing it from each theatre I go to. One issue ...
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How do I power a Yamaha EMX5?

I know basically nothing with about audio engineering and need some help. I just recently bought a Yamaha emx5 powered mixer. What is the best way to protect it from a power surge? Do I need a power ...
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Wireless in-ear monitors for multiple dancers

I'm seeking a sound solution for my upcoming dance performance where 6 dancers sync their movement through in-ear monitors, while the audience experience the performance silently. Any good, low-cost ...
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Recording from XR18 to Tascam-DR40

I have a live performance that I'd like to record from the house Behringer XR18 mixer to a Tascam DR40. What's the best way to do this? What exact cable and output source to the Tascam should I use? ...
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What is a low-cost home-brew way add basic stage monitor with PA system?

We are a bunch of past middle-age friends who pretend to be a band. We started doing small open-air gigs where we use a single 80W (RMS) PA system as our output into the small crowd. To minimize audio ...
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Searching for live natural soundscapes

I'm looking for live and all day long soundscapes of real natural places. I know these things are rare but maybe someone knows sites with this kind material?
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Using Bluetooth Speakers for Live Music

I have a small analog mixer, a Xenyx Q802usb, with two 1/4" speaker outputs. The venue I'm considering would be a small coffee shop that can get slightly louder than we can overcome with our acoustic ...
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Identify a technique used when miking boxing matches?

I've noticed that during some well-produced (HBO eg) boxing matches, sometimes the mix seems to include an audible 'swoosh' for a missed hook or other fast, wide punch. It's very effective and mostly ...
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In regards to live sound, what is "Mix Coherency"?

I attended a training for a major console maker today. The rep mentioned the console and processing being totally time aligned / delayed and that this made it "mix coherent" or "fully mix coherent". ...
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PA Speaker Placement Wide Room

I have a question regarding the best speaker placement for our venue. Unfortunately, the venue is about 2:1 width to length. It's quite small, about 30' long and 60' wide. The stage comes off the back ...
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live background noise suppression with noise source

I have a set of microphones connected to a computer using windows 10, is it possible to remove background noise from the stream of a microphone using the sample of the other microphone ? I need to ...
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Soundcraft Vi6 audio output issue

This is quite an interesting problem I'm having. I go to a local church and recently volunteered to mix their live band occasionally on Sunday mornings. They have a SoundCraft Vi6 console. Everything ...
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How to monitor input levels on the Yamaha MG16/4

How do I monitor microphone levels (or other inputs) prior to the signal leaving the mixer? We have a Yamaha MG16/4, and we're currently using the XLR inputs with dynamic microphones. Basically, I'd ...
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Can I connect DI box to mixer line in?

I am presently feeding my DI boxes through a multicore and into my mixers XLR mic inputs. However I wonder if I could feed them into the line inputs (1/4" jack) instead. I would obviously need to ...
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Unbalanced Phono output from (Pioneer DDJ-SB2) to balanced XLR mic level

I'm playing a gig in a few days where I need to connect my Pioneer DDJ-SB2 to a XLR mic level input. Assuming that the XLR is balanced. Can anyone suggest the best way to achieve that? I was thinking ...
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What settings Zoom H2n for live theatre

I am using my Zoom H2n recorder for recording live theatre (mostly musicals) for our regional company. It's mostly for the cast/archiving. What is the best settings for H2n WITHOUT patching the ...
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PA System Setup

I'd like to know where a crossover fits in a PA system. I'm using a basic pa system like below. [singer]->[microphone]->[mixer]->[?]->[speakers]. The ? means do I connect the mixer to ...
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Sound on big festivals is sometimes horrible

Can someone explain me what is wrong with the sound on big festivals these days? Everytime I stand in a festival hall/tent there is a lot of rumble, mainly from the bass, sometimes it gets better when ...
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Using compressors in Live Sound (Houses of Worship)

Context: I recently (~2 months ago) got a gig mixing live sound for a church. I've had years of audio education, but none of the courses offered included extensive applications in FOH mixing (very ...
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Should I sell this awesome equipment?

I bet any music-lover / audiophiile knows this one. You own or find or get a great piece of audio equipment, be it speakers, a huge old tube amp, old mixing desk, vintage headphones, etc. for which ...
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Real Time indoor streaming and music mixing

I am working on this project where we are doing a live performance with about 6 musicians placed away from each other in a big space. The audience will be wearing their headphones and as they move ...
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How to make sampler?

I was on a concert with orchestra and there was a player performing sampler on the keyboard. The player played from the score which had a standard notation. However when a tone is pressed on the ...
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Tuning a house of worship by referencing through headphones

Actually I have many questions here. I'm quite new to live signs reinforcement and I have no formal training in it and I want to learn more so pardon me if anything sounds stupid. We've recently ...
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Adding live band and choir to PA System

I have a similar task to do as with this question Sound system for home theater and band but mine has a different application. I am running an event venue To start, my challenge is to be able to ...
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How to achieve 180 degree dispersion from one speaker cluster?(live pa)

As a live performer I am often set up against a wall in the middle of a restaurant playing easy-listening music with diners in front and on both sides of me.A Bose system is supposed to be able to ...
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How to restrict the dynamic range of a vocal without thickening it?

The context is live PA, not recorded. So I deal with a singer that has a very full voice -- the power is all over the low mids. It's actually a great strong voice. There's a catch... Her mic ...
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Live vocal effect, dynamic dependant. delay & reverb

I was on live show yesterday, hear this what i will try to explain. When singer talks to crowd or just sing quiet her voice, effect can be just barely heard. But when she raise voice volume effect ...
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New auditorium construction-- where is the 100% perfect place for sound?

I work for a church as a system admin. Considering the size of the organization, my tasks also involving being the go-to guy for research and making any decisions involving any form of technical ...
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What kind of Mac to buy?

I've just started doing live sound at my local theater company and we might get a new Mac as opposed to using our antiquated Acer notebook any more. For the upcoming show, we need to use QLab to play ...
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How to manipulate speed of playback music during live show?

I'm a sound engineer for the play my school is doing. At one point, which the director has warned me could vary each night, the music that will be playing out of my laptop and into the mixing desk ...
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PA for a long room

I'll be running sound for an event that includes a live band, and then later on an announcer (for award presentations). The venue is about 300 seated capacity, but it's a very long room with the stage ...
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Using Home System for PA Duties

I have a 150W amp and these two Pioneer speakers (6 ohms, 75W each) that have 8 inch woofers and look pretty powerful. I'm wondering if they can be used for PA duty as well... I have a friend who ...
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tv show sound operations

Does anybody know what is involved from a sound point of view in doing sound operations for a tv talk show for example something like the Graham Norton. I am starting on live and prerecorded tv ...
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guitar wireless micing question

How would you mount a wireless mic pack like this one to guitar without damaging the guitar or impeding the player? [EDIT] oh and the strap is not preferable!
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How to deal with a reverby room...

Hello, Basic question. Was sound engineering in a school hall/food mess and the acoustics were something horrible. Reflection city, which resulted in an extremely muffled (especially the low-end) and ...
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Live "gunshot" sound- cant use blanks- ideas?

I'm doing the sound design for an adaptation of a Sherlock Homes novella this summer. The venue is outdoors, a raised stage in a field. The play has a number of gunshots, and Production has some ...
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B1D popscreen from Schoeps

Has anyone used the B1D as a close-speech pop guard for their Schoeps microphones? http://www.schoeps.de/en/products/b1d I am specifically going to test it out with an MK41. I need something that ...
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For those of you who mix live sound:

Have you ever had complaints that your live mix was too loud? My last gig I had replies of "best ever, sounds awesome, the sound was amazing" and one person (that I know of - who knows, I could have ...
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