Changing the Scenery

Here’s a quick rundown on the last week.

We’re in the middle of a series, and for some reason it feels like things have slowed down a bit. This has been great because it let me run around a lot this week between campuses and Clark ProMedia. I spent Tuesday morning at Clark talking loudspeaker and cable harness designs. It’s going to be exciting when we finally get to pull the trigger on the upgrades because I can’t wait to talk about some of the stuff we’re doing.

Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday were spent down at our Buckhead campus. I’m mixing there on Sunday for the first time so I spent some time on Tuesday meeting with their production folks and familiarizing myself with their system. The band rehearsed on Wednesday just before lunch, and then I spent the rest of the afternoon working on the mix. Virtual Soundcheck was coming in quite handy for me being in a new room on a new system. I’m sure I’ll have more on my experience after Sunday.

Tuesday afternoon was also cool because I had the opportunity to listen to one of the last mix passes at the live CD we recorded in September. It’s sounding pretty good. They’re hoping for a Thanksgiving release right now, but we’ll see if they can get it pressed in time. It still needs to be mastered so I’m not so sure it’ll be out this month, but they’ll most likely release it before Christmas. I’ll keep you updated.

Over at the ProSoundWeb forums there was a bit of a discussion going on about using delay to time align drum kits. The consensus seemed pretty split, but I got the impression it was leaning away from doing anything. Of course, if you’ve been reading the blog for a while you know where I stand on this. I’m still doing it quite a bit with drums….

Speaking of time alignment, I’m actually trying to learn a bit of Javascript right now. I pretty much moved completely to Mac over the summer, and I’ve been digging the widgets. There are some cool audio related widgets I’ve found, but there aren’t a lot specifically for sound reinforcement. Plus a lot of them use the metric system when I could really use inches and feet instead. So I’m trying to learn a bit of javascript to build some helpful sound widgets for myself and our volunteers. First on my list is a time alignment calculator that you can input your offset times in and have it spit out the individual channel delays. I’ll then just stick it on our Pro Tools machine where I do all the offset measurements anyway. I’m not sure how long it will take to get that done. If I run into trouble, I’ll let you know.

David Stagl

One Response to “Changing the Scenery

  • I went over to read through the comments at PSW, but there are a ton of them and for me to get involved now would probably be fruitless.

    So, my 2 cents. We’ve begun using delay on our Profile for two situations. Drums and Mains. It has been perfect to delay the center cluster to the stage and the drums sound great now. Using the delay on the kit has made the cymbals set in place, not so splashy and the snare pops out nicely with less volume.

    we have a smaller room, so our situation is probably different than some, but in my opinion, it has been wonderful.

    Also, I am a subscribed reader, so I lurk a lot. I appreciate your wisdom. My bro(Our FOH tech) and I are always passing your stuff around and learning from it.

    Thanks, Brent