Originally Posted by Warpdrv
Could you imagine sitting in your living room and have a complete mixing setup just to tailor the sound on the fly....
I want to see that guy....
For me, that's the attraction to mixing live.
Make each element a tangible entity in the mix. Assure the lead vocal is just this side of shrill, tons of detail and razor sharp, and yet pleasingly smooth and liquid. The bass guitar can easily become mush and buried, you've got to EQ it to allow the tonal structure to be fleshed out and differentiated. And of course the kick drum, the new lead vocal
It's got to cut right through the dense mix to the point one easily hears the boom(50), smack(3k) and click(6k).
There is no absolute with electric and acoustic sources, being manipulated by seemingly endless stages of spectral shaping. The result, in the first third of the house, is the final product.
The previous example is heavy handed rock/pop/r&b. I did an outdoor three piece jazz show once. An outdoor Biergarten (100 year old German place), amidst condos on all four sides. Never mixed these guys, but a bike cop stood next to me at the FOH and check SPLs to assure cooperation with the local residents. I don't remember the level requirement, however the low levels allowed me to EQ in a substantial amount of real low stuff. The kick drum had a normal higher tune, but I emphasized the 30-40 stuff because of all the added headroom due to the low operating level. Being so low in frequency, the local Gendarme
and her cheap SPL meter, allowed the high levels of low freqs to pass with no objection.
It was quite a thrill to EQ in this manner on the fly, it added an extremely nice weight to the presentation. Very enjoyable. I remember the system, two double 15s per side, ground stacked, and unknown flown tops.
Back on track, as soon as I get my Dayton system, I'll get my initial impressions up asap. The primary reason for purchase is to integrate properly the IB sub.