Post by Steve Hawkins Post by George's Pro Sound Co.
Please note this is a rant with lots of generalizations and sweeping
statment that clearly do not apply to EVERY SINGLE musicians that
has ever graced me with their presence
I really think musicians really don't care what they sound like they
put so little effort into know how to use the tools they need to use
to sound good. they(mostly) unable to say any thing except"cool" or
"sounds like shit" they seem to be unable to hear even huge
diffrences in microphone selection. They go out of their way to snub
all helpful advice they are offered as to better get a decent sound
going on They spend 200$ on a guitar strap with their name but screw
up their set when the battery in their preamp goes dead after 3
songs!! yes I am ranting but it seems that Musicians really need to
take more resposibility for communicating to us sound guys as to
how we can best help them
heh, I work both sides of the microphone and can understand your
From the musician viewpoint, we run into more bad live sound
situations than good, we begin to no longer trust the sound guy and
consign ourselves to whatever the end result is. I always go into a
soundcheck, if I get one, with an open mind and hope for the best.
From the sound guy side of things, I usually have no problem with the
folks I work with, however, I have had a couple of well known artists
who were difficult to work with. One who would barely talk to me,
refused a soundcheck and expected me to still get everything right.
Needless to say, their first tune was the soundcheck.
Another show I had three performers, the first two guys worked with
me and we got a great sound. The last guy wouldn't work with me at
all and had me EQ his guitar until he was satisfied with the tone.
It sounded like crap, but he was happy as a clam. When he played his
set I started getting dirty looks from people in the crowd who
thought it was my fault that he sounded so bad compared to the
Damned if you do, damned if you don't. :-)
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