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  • What are you fav CD's to set up a PA pre-gig?

    Dark Side of the Moon - of course....

    The old Soundman talks about Rammstein - I've never heard of them......

    What else is working for you - to set up the PA before the gig?

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    • #3
      Anyone have a favorite spoken word recording for testing purposes?
      I'm backed by the shack of a soul boss most turnin' stormin' sound o'soul

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      • #4
        Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.

        Its fireworks music from disney world, has high dynamic and frequency ranges.
        Originally posted by Old Steve Ok, so you're a friggin' ninja....that'll make this all the more simple.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ear Abuser
          Anyone have a favorite spoken word recording for testing purposes?


          Just nick an mp3 off any Southern Baptist church website - or a televangelist for that matter Plenty of dynamic range there!

          AS

          PS - I am a Bible-bashing Christian myself, so no offense...
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          • #6
            I was hoping someone would suggest a good clean (PG), well recorded comedy recording. I actually downloaded some Bob Newhart stuff once but the audio quality was pretty marginal. I'm looking for something to use as source material while walking the room to test for intelligibility.
            Come to think of it, some of that televangelist stuff would qualify as comedy......and if your system makes that stuff intelligible, it' s probably working miracles.
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            • #7
              Generally I will listen to whatever I've been working on in the studio, as I'm the most familiar with that. Otherwise, I'm more of a noise guy, and I'll spend time running analysis over music listening. I'm also a big fan of using my old Turbosound phase testers generator for analysis as well, it is very helpful in setting delay times, and for determining RT60 time. I'll often feed it to the stage and have the ME send it through the wedges as well. This works particularly well for lower level shows, where much of the stage volume is part of the house sound. I'll set a wedge where I think the middle point of the acoustic band will be centered, run the phase click through that(pointing toward the house) and then time align the system with that, starting with the closest speakers to the stage and moving out.

              Once I've got the rig fairly dialed in, I'll toss on whatever suites my fancy to walk the room. Often times it is far removed from the genre of music that will be the flavor of the night, such as classical for a rock show, country for jazz, etc. However I tend to pick music that is not overly produced, ie, not alot of effects, especially reverb. Older AC/DC comes to mind....

              A big key is watching spl levels, and eqing at the levels you intend to mix at.

              For spoken word, I've got tons of VO stuff that I've recorded to choose from, both male and female, that I keep on my Ipod for just this purpose.

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              • #8
                i like to listen to somthing im familiar with, that is close to the type of music that is being performed. my prefrences being....stealy dan, supertramp, dave mathews, jellyfish, don henly, floyd, im not picky as long it is mixed well, and i know what is supposed to sound like.
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                • #9
                  Playing "The Nightfly" by Donald Fagen is banned in some venues.

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                  • #10
                    Depends on the genre of the particular gig.

                    I do a lot of singer/songwriter acoustic stuff. Where accuracy over spl is important so, I will usually try some female vocals.
                    Paula Cole, Norah Jones or, something I have recorded and familiar with.
                    Stealy Dan, Dave Mathews...good.

                    Rammstien...humm.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Dan Magers

                      Rammstien...humm.


                      You've heard of them?



                      I can't tell if the Old Soundman is serious or sarcastic sometimes - his advice is usually dead-on.

                      I'm trying to find Rammstein - no luck so far......

                      Sorta related to the original question - How do you guys EQ the FOH with the CD's you mentioned?

                      RTA? Ear? SMAART? Or other?

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                      • #12
                        My test music is:

                        Norah Jones "Nearness of you" and "Don't know why"
                        Maroon 5's "Rag Doll" (great sub song)
                        Dave Matthews "Digging a Ditch"
                        Keith Urban "Memories of us"
                        Toby Keith "Sweet"
                        Buddy Rich & Maynard Ferguson's "Caravan" -- still a crowd favorite!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by unichord


                          You've heard of them?



                          I can't tell if the Old Soundman is serious or sarcastic sometimes - his advice is usually dead-on.

                          I'm trying to find Rammstein - no luck so far......

                          Sorta related to the original question - How do you guys EQ the FOH with the CD's you mentioned?

                          RTA? Ear? SMAART? Or other?


                          Pick up a copy of the Lost Highway soundtrack. It's got a couple Rammstein tunes pluss a bunch of other stuff that is sure to raise a few eyebrows.

                          -Dan.
                          Well, I've been to one world fair, a picnic, and a rodeo, and that's the stupidest thing I ever heard come over a set of earphones.

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                          • #14
                            I have good luck with Fiona Apple's 'Criminal'.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by unichord
                              The old Soundman talks about Rammstein - I've never heard of them......


                              Rammstein! Haha!
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                              Steve.

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