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Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we CAN think.

Werner Heisenberg (via sci-universe)
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Rehearsal Eloquence

conversationsfromthebooth:

Crew member to musician after 6-hour rehearsal: I like you!

Musician: I like you too…?

Crew member: No, I mean I like the thingy thing you do! 

Musician: Thanks?

Crew member: The…the…the…playing music thing!

*Submitted by this—too—shall-pass 

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You’re only as good as your last show

A very wise sound engineer.
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5 Stupid Questions Audio Engineers Get Asked

So I saw a post today about the stupidest questions that professional working musicians are asked, along with why the question is stupid, what they say, and what they think. And I thought, hell, why not write one for Audio Engineers.
I mean, we get some pretty stupid questions. This will probably come across very unprofessional and bitter, and as if I hate my job, but nothing could be further from the truth. I love my job with a passion, however sometimes these things do come up, and well, I believe that many of us sound guys will be able to relate to them. Let me know what you think.
So here we go.

Question #1 
Do you know what all those knobs do?

Why is it stupid?
To question the fact that an audio engineer, a working professional who has spent many years learning every facet of the equipment they use every day to provide the best quality result, is simply insulting.

What they say:
Yes, yes I do know what they all do.

What they want to say:
No, I have absolutely no idea what any of this does, in fact I don’t know where I am. What year is it? Do you know what all the controls on your car do? Those many keys on your computer keyboard, there are so many how could you possibly know what every single one does? Now just because you have no idea what they do, doesn’t mean that I don’t, so please disappear and bother me no longer.


Question #2
Can I make a song request?

Why is it stupid?
Firstly, do I look like a DJ? I have long black hair, I wear all black, and have many tools strapped to my belt, and there is a distinct lack of turntables or CD players in front of me, also I’m not on the stage, where the actual DJ is.

What they say:
I’m not the DJ, you’ll have to ask him.

What they want to say:
I don’t know what song you’re about to ask for, but before I tell you I’m not the DJ, I know whatever song you’re about to ask for is not only not in keeping with the nights vibe or theme, is probably an obscure remix you downloaded from Limewire once, and HELL NO you can’t plug your phone in to the PA to show me. Now leave.


Question #3
I think the vocals need to be turned up, and the drummer should be quieter, don’t you think?

Why is it stupid?
The main thing to realise here that the bands front of house mix is not decided by a committee, and this is not the democracy. The mix is down to the engineer with input from the band/ themselves. You don’t see engineers walking around the venue asking the punters if they’re happy with the mix. And if there are issues with the mix, any good engineer probably already knows this and is likely to be halfway through sorting the issue at hand.

What they say:
Yeah don’t worry, I’m on it.

What they want to say:
I’m sorry I didn’t realise you were a trained audio engineer, with a huge amount of experience, knowledge of this particular venue and system and therefore far superior and with the authority to tell me how this show should be mixed. Let me correct the terrible mistakes I have made so as not to offend you any further. Oh wait, you’re not a sound engineer? Well maybe you would like to continue mixing for the rest of the show? No? Ok, then please leave.


Question #4
Do you have [insert any of the following] that I could use?
- a guitar lead
- spare strings
- drum sticks
- a tuner
- A GUITAR
- a capo
- a guitar strap
- a power lead (the more obscure the better)
- 10 DI boxes
- batteries

Why is it stupid?
As a gigging musician/band/artist is is your responsibility and yours alone to carry with you everything you need or may possibly need for a show, including all instruments, breakables, and supplies. Strings break, batteries die, sticks break, but you are the one responsible for supplying these. Ok so a venue will probably have a spare guitar lead or power supply that you’re able to use. But you will be doomed to failure if you turn up assuming every venue has this ability.

What they say:
Yeah I’ll just check the store cupboard to see if I have one lying around.

What they want to say:
So you’re a guitarist and you don’t have a jack cable or a tuner. And you broke a string or the batteries in your distortion pedal ran out. Don’t worry, it’s ok, I’ll give you for free the supplies I paid for with my money, just so you don’t look silly when your band realise you forgot 1 of about 4 things you have to remember to bring.


Question #5
This band are a bit rubbish, can’t you just turn them off?

Why is it stupid?
This is fairly self explanatory, but as an engineer I’m not paid to have an opinion, I paid to make every band I mix sound as good as possible, whether they are any good as musicians or not. Every band has to start somewhere and inevitably will have a period where they won’t be great to start with, but will improve with practise and experience. Also who am I to turn them off. They’ve put in the effort to arrive, sell tickets, and play a show. Everyone has an opinion, but no one person’s opinion is any more important than anyone else’s.

What they say:
Haha, maybe, I can’t really do that.

What they want to say:
If you don’t like it, leave. I’m not about to turn a band off because you, random critical member of the public, don’t like them. Waste my air space you shall no further.


And I think that about covers it.

Your feedback or stories would be awesome.

C/A

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adambeckettsoundengineering:

Listening to Dark Side Of the Moon this morning. those guitar solos D:

really need a copy of this on vinyl

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