[ddots-l] Re: Loud Stage

  • From: "Darren" <darren@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <ddots-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 2 May 2011 11:17:52 +0100

I'm not sure what it is, but why can't some of these people realise that
stage monitors are just that, to monitor, not to blast the wax from your


From: ddots-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ddots-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Steve Wicketts
Sent: 02 May 2011 11:12
To: ddtots
Subject: [ddots-l] Re: Loud Stage

Thanks so much Bill, Chris, Gordon, Dug Denis and Mike.
You're all so right, our Ears are precious. I stupidly have been allowing
myself to be caught up in the moment, saying yes to everything so not to
appear to come across like a prima donna. 
I'm going to buy some of those music ear plugs. I hated being on stage not
hearing music just a wall of noise.
There is a funny little moment that happened. These guys are very serious
about there music and yet I'm just up there wishing I'd said no to joining
them as I can't hear my piano. there was one particular four bars where I
decided to play the theme music to an English sitcom called Steptoe and Son
as I knew it would fit nicely with the chord progression and who was going
to hear it anyway?
Well the crowd heard it as I forgot that the house mix was perfect lol.
It's not quite throwing the TV out of the Window but it was my rebellious
streak for that night.  
Steve W
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From: Michael C <mailto:m_dsmusic@xxxxxxxx>  
To: ddots-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2011 12:47 AM
Subject: [ddots-l] Re: Loud Stage

Hey Steave, that type of mixing hasn't been done in years.
Part of beeing in a band is to work together and that means beeing able to
hear one another.
If the sound is too loud, How can they even understand what there doing, let
alone what there playing.
I've been playing in heavy metal bands, and all the engineers I spoke to or
even work with always make sure the sound is blended in the house system,
and the guys I've worked have even told band members to turn down their
volumes, as to properly control the mix.
There is of course a certain sound an amp generates to acheeve a distorted
effect, but not to the point where you can't hear your self.
When it comes to sounds in clubs the engenieer is always the one who
controls the over all blending of the sound.
You might want to get yourself a pair of music ear plugs, which will allow
you to hear certain sounds better.
From: Steve Wicketts <mailto:steve.wicketts@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>  
Sent: Sunday, May 01, 2011 9:15 AM
To: ddtots <mailto:ddots-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>  
Subject: [ddots-l] Loud Stage
Hi all,
At the end of last night Show, I was asked to join the band (who was topping
the bill) The house mix was controlled by a sound engineer, however, the
Band's stage mix was simply their independent Guitar and bass amp levels.
My two questions are,
1: has anyone else been on a loud stage environment where it sounds like the
keyboard is in a different key to the other instruments until the levels
drop during the music, at that point you then hear the key for what it is?
2: When the stage level is so loud you can't hear the keyboards, is there
any technique that totally visually impaired musicians use to A: know your
hitting the right notes and B: keep metronomic?
I struggled last night with these particular issues, I always have a slight
Doppler effect when music is loud, I especially don't always hear the bass
notes as clear defined pitcht notes.
Steve W

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