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Live bands and effects

PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:01 pm
by mountain lion
Hi

I was wondering, when you listen to a live band or watching a music show on tv is the sound Being mixed with eq compressors and reverb?

Thank you

Re: Live bands and effects

PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:22 am
by Hugh Robjohns
Usually, yes.

Re: Live bands and effects

PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:27 pm
by Sam Spoons
Even at the 'grass roots' end of the live gig world eq and reverb have been commonly used for many years. Compression was less common but with the advent of digital desks it too has become common even for pub bands.

Re: Live bands and effects

PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:57 pm
by blinddrew
Especially if compression means squeezing into the corner. ;)

Re: Live bands and effects

PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:21 pm
by Sam Spoons
The corner? The corner? Luxury, when I wer.....

Re: Live bands and effects

PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:02 am
by MarkPAman
Did I ever mention the party in a small pub when the bands were so "compressed" that the bass amp had to be on top of the trap door to the cellar? Every time a barrel needed changing the band had to take a break!

That pub is now on my "never again" list.

Re: Live bands and effects

PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:06 am
by Arpangel
It depends, on the music, and the venue.
I've seem countless bands at my local pub before it closed down, and I’d say hardly any, maybe one or two, actually used effects on the PA, of any kind.
They normally had an older generation of amp/mixer head, with no built in effects, and a very basic EQ. The prime requirements were that the gear worked, and they could be heard.
I did see a prog/stadium rock type covers band there once, and they were using loads of effects and it sounded terrible, it just made them sound muddy and blurred, bad use of effects.
In small/medium venues and pubs, it’s best to be very cautious about using things like reverb, I think a dry tight sound is the order of the day for most people, with only essential corrective EQ if it’s really necessary

Re: Live bands and effects

PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:25 am
by Mike Stranks
Amusing anecdotes a-plenty... :lol:

... but It would appear that the O/P was asking if when watching on TV the sound you're hearing has been tweaked by the production company/broadcaster between performance and transmission...

... to which, as Hugh indicated, the answer is almost always, "Yes".

Re: Live bands and effects

PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:32 pm
by Sam Spoons
Mike Stranks wrote:Amusing anecdotes a-plenty... :lol:

... but It would appear that the O/P was asking if when watching on TV the sound you're hearing has been tweaked by the production company/broadcaster between performance and transmission...

... to which, as Hugh indicated, the answer is almost always, "Yes".

True but before that he also said
when you listen to a live band
and did not specify what kind of venue.

Re: Live bands and effects

PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:40 pm
by Mike Stranks
That's the good ol' English language for you... it can be interpreted in so many different ways... your flexible friend! :lol:

Eg: "I went for a tramp in the woods."

I read the O/P meaning that he was watching either a live band or a music show, but both on TV.

Unless the O/P reappears we'll never know what he/she meant! :)

Re: Live bands and effects

PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:49 pm
by Sam Spoons
:D

"Eats shoots and leaves" vs "Eats, shoots and leaves"

Re: Live bands and effects

PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:58 pm
by Mike Monte
Arpangel wrote:It depends, on the music, and the venue.
I've seem countless bands at my local pub before it closed down, and I’d say hardly any, maybe one or two, actually used effects on the PA, of any kind.
They normally had an older generation of amp/mixer head, with no built in effects, and a very basic EQ. The prime requirements were that the gear worked, and they could be heard.
I did see a prog/stadium rock type covers band there once, and they were using loads of effects and it sounded terrible, it just made them sound muddy and blurred, bad use of effects.
Reacting to the above statement: nothing sounds more "hack" to me than a live band's vocals totally wet-with-'verb.
It's almost like the band's lead vocalist scrolling through the PA's effects setting: "let's see; large hall....nope, small hall...not tonight, delay, (What's that?).....ah, here it is: KARAOKE, that's the one..." lol

/pre-coffee musings

Re: Live bands and effects

PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:37 pm
by mountain lion
I was wondering about shows on tv that could have been processed in post production but Also about the emmidiate sound of a band. And shows like idol are sent live right?
Does this make ANy Sense?

Re: Live bands and effects

PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:44 pm
by Sam Spoons
Any band/performers performing 'live' for TV will be processed to at least the same degree as they would on a large festival stage (given the more controlled environment probably closer to the processing used on the recorded versions of the songs). So, yes, the full monty, eq, compression, reverb, delay and where appropriate/necessary, time based fx like chorus and flanging etc and autotune will probably have been used.

Re: Live bands and effects

PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:23 pm
by mountain lion
Can a computer be used for this processing or is it too slow so you have to use a hardware mixer?
Can you use lets say slate or waves plugins for this ?