Was 2013 your year for upgrading to a digital mixer? Or, was it a year of struggling with old equipment? Looking back on 2013, I’ve had a lot of great times and a few I’d rather forget. In the spirit of reflection, here is a list of audio production “tops” from 2013.
My Favorite Quote:
- Wes Wakefield on mixing; “Fundamental mixing techniques win every time.”
My Favorite Live Audio Post
The Top Two Articles You Should Have Read But Probably Didn’t
- Your Guide to Playing Recorded Music and COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT!
- Stop Playing Those Video Clips | Video Copyright Myths and Licensing
The Top Ten Most Popular Articles, here at BTM, Written in 2013
- Mixing Vocals : The Ultimate Guide to EQ’ing Vocals
- How to EQ Vocals in Six Easy Steps
- Eight Tips for Improving Clarity in Speech
- Seven Steps for Cleaning Up Your Music Mix
- Got Guitar Amps On Stage? You Can Control Them!
- Top Seven Ways for Blending Backing Vocals
- How Do Techs Magically Pinpoint a Problem Frequency?
- Eighteen Live Audio Mixing Tips and Tricks
- Critique Your Mix By Asking These 11 Questions
- Tech Gossip: What Others Hear You Say
The Biggest Gear Highlight
There were two big things that happened in 2013; the growth of personal monitoring systems and the expansion of the Behringer digital mixer line, such as the x32. Digital mixing systems were definitely big in ’13 but the biggest surprise was the number of people going with a new Behringer digital mixer for their church. Behringer has had a questionable past related to product quality but their new digital mixers, combined with the low price point, make them note-worthy mixers and there are a lot of FOH folks happy with their purchase.
What does 2014 hold for us?
2014 will be what you make it. If you’re a tech director and want to see your team improve in 2014, then you need to find a way to make it happen; one-on-one training, classroom training, whatever it takes. If you want to be a better tech, then you can’t look to better gear as a solution. You need to dig in and really learn your craft.
Imagine it’s December 31st, 2014 and you’re reflecting on 2013. Imagine the quality of your team’s work has dramatically improved. Imagine the quality of YOUR work has dramatically improved. None of that will have happened by having waved a magic wand. If it could happen that way, I’d be selling magic wands. Improvement will have happened because YOU put in the effort to make it happen.
On that note, HAPPY NEW YEAR!