Category Archives: Touring

Dave Rat explains the attention to detail he applies to a lead vocal on a rock show.

The attention to detail that takes place in preparing a rock show can be mind boggling. For example, I listed out the factors we account for in setting up the lead vocal mic for the Red Hot Chili Peppers… [Full … Continue reading

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Renowned live sound engineer Robb Allan explains how he got to where he is now.

Live sound engineer Robb Allan has been lucky enough to work with artists such as Coldplay, Manic Street Preachers and Richard Ashcroft. Allan has begun writing a series of blog posts while on the road with Massive Attack, and starts … Continue reading

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An interesting video interview with Metallica’s monitor engineers.

Meyer Sound has been busy filming new video interviews with Metallica’s monitor engineers Bob Cowan and Adam Correia… [Full Article]

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Are the roadies of legend a dying breed?

They used to match their bands for debauchery, now they have degrees and drink tea – the billion-dollar live-music business is staffed by techs who would never throw a TV out the window… [Full Article]

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Ken DeLoria offers some perspective on the recent evolution of touring.

A couple of years ago, I got a call to mix front of house for Uriah Heep on a mini-tour of the U.S. I hadn’t mixed a headliner rock band in a long time. Years back, fate took me down … Continue reading

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A frenetic run down of Dave Rat’s console and rack at a Chili Peppers gig.

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Some useful advice on ensuring a consistent sound on the road.

Ever notice that some shows sound really bright, I mean, the “ouch kind-of-crazy painful” type of bright – and “what is the engineer thinking?” [Full Article]

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An interesting insight into the impact of digital consoles.

The benefits of digital audio are well documented – no one can deny the new levels of creativity and convenience which have opened up – but there are some issues which present a number of new challenges for touring engineers… … Continue reading

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Some sage advice on dealing with “difficult” artists.

I’m going to talk about attitude. I know, there’s been a thousand pieces written on this topic in the audio press… [Full Article]

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Another fine article from our head lecturer.

They don’t always see eye to eye, so here are some non-violent methods to ensure both parties get along every time. [Full Article]

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Making The Best Of Subpar Systems & Gear On The Live Club Circuit.

One of the toughest gigs for a sound person has to be going on tour with a band playing smaller clubs, where sound systems and related equipment can range from less than stellar to downright scary. [Full Article]

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Another fine article from our very own head lecturer.

In the current climate the demand for people who can fulfil dual roles on the road is increasing, thus more sound engineers are taking on the mantle of tour manager. Such dual roles can be quite demanding and require a … Continue reading

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