A Better Mix
in between some graphic design projects, CD burning, iPod Touch
experiments, and shepherds pie, I took the time to watch some of the
There were nice performances by some of rock ‘n roll’s legendary bands whose
members are clearly past their prime. It was good to see Paul McCartney
having some fun. It was amazing to listen to the latest technical
advancements in computerized vocal processing when the Beach boys did
The sound wasn’t too bad except when something was live. Thankfully most of the things were lip-synched to pre-produced recordings.
my accomplishments that I’m particularly proud of, was the sound for a weekly
TV show that I hosted, in 1968, which was an hour-long, musical variety show, directed by Mims Wright.
and I would set up the microphones for the band before the show, and
use an auxiliary control room to do the mix. That way we could send a
signal to just one knob in the main control room so that the regular
engineers could turn the sound up and down, but never tamper with the mix.
got a lot of compliments from people in the industry as well as from
regular viewers who were surprised to hear drums sounding like drums,
and guitars sounding like guitars, on their television sets.
television band mixes tend to make the guitars sound like they’re made
of cardboard, while the drums sound like soup cans with the soup still
improvements have been made over the years, but award shows continue to make
the usual mistakes. The camera will focus on a guitar player while the
sax player is taking a solo, and at the same time, the sound engineer will
have turned up the level on the keyboard.
For the rest of the song, the engineers frantically turn every knob, slider, and switch to try and correct their mistake. It can be quite comical to listen to, (or very annoying).
It rained Sunday night, but by Monday morning it had cleared up with mostly cloudy skies and mild temperatures.
and I, played music at today’s Treehouse Cabaret and Poetry Hour. We
all had a good time. Margaret Mitchell read another one of her poems
from days gone by. The music was lively, entertaining and mostly in
what we did today but haven’ t had a chance to listen to it yet. Once I
do, maybe there will be something to share with you in a future post.
can be seen highlighting the clear-cut sections of the forest on the
distant hills as fading sunlight colored the clouds pink. This was the
view from the dining room after the music was over and I was packing up
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