There are four wireless microphone mistakes that get a sound tech in trouble. The first mistake is one I'm often asked about. I will be upfront and say that I've made two of these mistakes. Two, maybe three. No, two. Forgive and forget, right? [sigh] 1. Allow signal seepage (that sounds... ... Read More
The Next Microphone You Buy Could Be Counterfeit – Spotting Fakes
The Shure SM58 is the most popular counterfeit microphone on the market. You might own one. Sennheiser's have been faked. Even rack components are being faked now. Here's the kicker, in some cases, the fakes are being sold at the same price or higher than the authentic products! And the fakes ... Read More
One Cajón Plus Two Microphones Equals Two Instruments
A cajón, pronouced ka-hone, is nothing more than a wooden box. And while a percussionist is whacking away at the exterior, there is a whole lot going on both inside and out. Through the right miking combination, you can create a cajón mix with great mid and high end sounds as well as substantial ... Read More
Mix Tolerance – Musicians, Song Arrangement, and When to Keep Your Finger Off the Fader
Let's be honest, musicians only play the music but we're the ones who form it into something great. Their music pales in comparison to what we create. We are mixing gods! I so hope you were offended by that. I didn’t mean it. The problem is some techs buy into that belief. The result is they ... Read More
Got the Low-End Frequency Blues?
Do you suffer from the low-end blues? The symptoms include instruments lacking clarity, vocals lacking distinction, and a general feeling that "something's rotten in the state of Denmark." You've never been diagnosed with it until today. Time to determine the source of the condition and prescribe ... Read More
The Art of Snare Mixing and a Frog – Yes, a Frog
I created a frog. It wasn't intentional. Naturally, I'm not talking about a real frog but just look at that photo! You'll never read a mixing book that says, "make the snare's EQ curve look like a frog in water." If you do, immediately stop reading the book. Seriously, when it comes to snare ... Read More
Don’t Blame Your Singers. It’s Your Fault.
Have we been looking at it all wrong? We see vocal microphones as the determining factor in sound quality. Truthfully, the factor is largely YOUR work but before we get to that, let’s turn to Bing Crosby. During World War II, he was the #1 American movie actor, the #1 global recording artist, ... Read More
Mixing in a Different Room? Don’t Make This Assumption
One day it happens. You're asked to mix someplace new. Could you mix our band at another church? Could you mix in the kids venue? Or the big one, are you ready to mix in a new sanctuary...because we are building a new one!?! A definition of sanctuary is a place of refuge and protection. If ... Read More