Fixing Feedback and Stage Sound with Audio Engineer Andy Dolph – GigGab 104

Long-time audio engineer, Andy Dolph, joins Paul and Dave this week to share some tips and tricks for making your band sound its best – and avoid sounding its worst – on GigGab this week. Hear Andy’s microphone recommendations, tips for solving feedback in both the monitors and the mains, mixing advice, and why you should be using a high pass filter on everything. You never thought you wanted to learn about the inverse-square law before, but after listening to today’s show you’ll be glad you did!

Chapters/Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 GigGab 104 – Monday, February 27, 2017
  • 00:01:39 Theater sound vs. Rock-and-roll Sound
  • 00:07:09 Advice for musicians to make FOH (and on-stage!) sound its best
  • 00:09:09 Nothing but vocals in the monitors
  • 00:13:47 A case study on a band
  • 00:18:05 Which microphone to use?
  • 00:22:32 Inverse Square Law
  • 00:26:07 When a kick drum can be a problem?
  • 00:29:53 The High Pass Filter can be your friend
  • 00:36:00 Buy the biggest mixer you can afford (and carry)
    • Listening to the room
    • Fitting instruments into the mix
    • In-ear tips
  • 00:37:34 Tuning the PA.
  • 00:45:24 Speaker Height and Angle
  • 00:49:30 Compaq Big Band

What’s Wrong with My In-Ears? – GigGab 103

a man's face with smoke coming out of his earsDo you use in-ears? Are you comfortable when you use them? Do they sound right? Paul and Dave dive back into this topic, almost accidentally, and uncover some truths about what it takes to get a good in-ear mix… and guess what? It’s not just up to you and the sound engineer. Your favorite weekend warriors explain! That then directly leads into a conversation about managing stage volume, and how you can make good stage volume your band’s holistic mission. Press play now for all this and more!

Chapters/Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 GigGab 103 – February 20, 2017
  • 00:01:14 Playing with a click, playing in form
  • 00:07:05 Assigning a leader
  • 00:13:53 Dave’s UE11 vs UE7 Comparison
  • 00:16:03 Tuning your in-ears
  • 00:18:16 It’s your stage-volume
  • 00:29:56 Marketing “special” gigs
  • 00:30:59 Lighting your band
  • 00:39:44 Dare to be great
  • 00:41:10 Recording the band tonight

Production – and Producer – Value – GigGab 102

Your two favorite weekend warriors are in the midst of some atypical musical experiences, and today’s show brings it to fruition. Dave’s playing live with tracked parts… and a click! Paul played live in a jam band scenario and has also been spending some time in the studio. He shares his thoughts about the value a producer brings to not only a project, but to him as a musician. Press play and enjoy, folks!

Chapters/Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 GigGab 102 – February 13, 2017
  • 00:01:58 Finding Elusive Tempos
  • 00:06:24 A Quick Studio Project
  • 00:08:30 Royalties
  • 00:10:16 Recording with a Producer
  • 00:24:24 Paul’s Jam Band Night
  • 00:34:44 GG Outtro

Tower PA Systems, Working With a Click, & Jam Time – GigGab 101

How does your band navigate the concepts of practice, rehearsal, and jamming? Are they all melded into one? Are they separated out? Paul and Dave discuss and dissect this for you. Then it’s time to talk gear, specifically all-in-one tower PAs. Dave and Paul have recently had the opportunity to check out multiple different tower options from Mackie, Bose, JBL, and Fishman and share their views on all of these. Finally, it’s time to talk about the click, no pun intended. Dave’s a little concerned about an upcoming gig where he’ll play with tracks, Paul’s curious about the concept, and that’s a perfect formula for a GigGab! Press play and enjoy.

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