Why it’s Hard to Extend Grace to the Band and What Happens When You Do

What happens when you sit a drummer across from an audio engineer? When this happened with Chris Tomlin’s crew, a wealth of wisdom poured out from both drummer, Matt Gilder, and FOH engineer, Jeff Sandstrom. These two tackled a lot of topics during the FILO conference and a big one was STRESS. It turns out that a problem we face in the church venue is that we don't have the BUS time. We Need ...

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Mixing Tips from Chris Tomlin’s FOH Engineer, Jeff Sandstrom, and One Big Revelation

The FILO conference brought Jeff Sandstrom, Chris Tomlin's FOH engineer, to a room full of church audio techs hoping to hear that one tip that would skyrocket their mix quality.  Or, they just wanted to meet him - maybe a little of both. Jeff has a heart for the band and the church and it was evident in everything he said and did.  And yes, he did give us some tips but he also made a statement ...

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New PreSonus StudioLive CS18AI

So close. Years ago, I bugged Rick Naqvi of PreSonus about adding motorized faders and he made it clear it was a price-point issue. Several years ago, he was right in that it kept the price down. Today, they introduced motorized faders – sort of. The regular line of StudioLive consoles does NOT have motorized faders nor have they been added. I guess I’m ok with that. I’ve known StudioLive users ...

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New DiGiCo S21 – A DiGiCo You Can Afford

Want to buy a DiGiCo console? Grab your neighbor’s wallet because they are EX-PENSIVE! I’m all for paying up for a quality console but what comes with the lower-priced ($7k) DiGiCo S21? I don’t assume it’s because they are going after a larger market. Oh, it’s entirely possible that someone at the company said, “hey, there is a huge market for sub-$10k consoles – we could make some good dough.” ...

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New Mackie ProFXv2-Series Analog Consoles

Mackie has released a full line of the ProFXv2 analog consoles. I’ll let Mackie hit the highlights and then toss out my opinion. Vita Preamps: Designed specifically for live sound, Vita preamps are virtually noiseless, featuring a discrete Class-A front end design, dual feedback stabilization and bias current optimization for unmatched low-noise performance. ReadyFX Effects Engine: The ...

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