This week, we’re looking at one of the fundamental building blocks of music: Frequency. In live sound, we’re constantly using EQ to manipulate different parts of the frequency spectrum. This is how we change the tone of instruments or speaker systems to create a full and balanced mix.
Usually the first thing people say when I tell them I don't have an active YouTube channel is: "That's weird. The whole point of The Production Academy is video training, so why aren't you on YouTube?!" Fair enough, my friends. But now we have the ELST up and running strong it's time to launch our YouTube channel! Our first video discusses the difference between Mic and Live level signals and features a special edit directly from our Essential Live Sound Training.
In live music production, we mostly use just two types of microphones: Dynamic and Condenser. But there's yet another type of microphone that can be great for live sound, called a Ribbon mic. They tend to sound really smooth, with a rich and detailed mid-range. I really love them on electric guitar amps and they're also great for sustained keyboard sounds like organ.
One of the Q+A Webinars we did last year (which are archived as part of the Essential Live Sound Training curriculum) featured a really talented engineer, Amanda Davis. We talked about a bunch of things throughout our conversation but the topic of women in sound came up when someone wrote in with a question.
Doing television shows is always fun for me. I’ve done a ton of them with different bands: The Tonight Show w/Fallon, The Late Show w/Letterman and also w/Colbert, Seth Meyers, Ellen, Wendy Williams, The Today Show, Jools Holland, Graham Norton, various BBC specials, and my favorite - Saturday Night Live. And you know what? I barely touched a console at any of them!