Quote Exavior Music:
What you have to bear in mind, is that these guys probably aren't getting paid an incredible amount to do the work. And a lot of smaller venues can't afford to pay a good sound guy.
You get what you pay for, and while I'd like rant about bad engineers, house techs can sometimes be below par, and I'm willing to have a little sympathy with the underpaid. It annoys me more when you get a touring engineer who can't mix, although we all have our off days.
I get that, I get paid little more than minimum wage on my inhouse shifts. To have the main example i based my previous rant on to be chewing my ear off about how he gets paid £25 an hour and that's why he left education in the first place because he knew more than the lecturers anyway.
I felt like i was going to bite through my bottom lip from pointing out that its all very well knowing you can gate and compress the snare, kick, all the toms. It's quite something else to know how to set the gate up in the very short amount of time your given for soundchecks in venues like this and not make more of a mess of the sound than if you just ran the sound as is from the board with a little EQ.
Sometimes less really is more.
Don't get me wrong i'm not knocking the idea of music tech education, I've done 4 years of education in music tech and as many that take onboard all they learn and apply it with their ears, atleast double that number can spout off the theory but not get close to a good sound, and some just don't bother to learn or try to apply at all.
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Edited by JamesSimpson (10/02/10 10:45 PM)