In our Live Sound class, we spent some time in the union venue, “The Underground”, discussing live sound techniques. We talked about setting up stage monitors, setting gain, DI boxes, and adjustments to EQ and compression. Also, we compared various different types of microphones and polar patterns to see how much gain we can get before creating feedback. In this vid, student Paul Schipper explains how to properly wrap an XLR cable:
The first secret to capturing a great recording is to start with a great musician, and we were lucky enough to begin working with the hugely talented Chris Champion in our Studio Sessions class on Friday.
Chris is a phenomenal jazz guitarist who recently moved to the area from Arizona. He played an interpretation of “Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise” with multiple layers of overdubs that ended up sounding like an acoustic trio.
It was great to put some of our techniques into practice, including mic placement, setting proper levels, routing a headphone mix, and multitrack editing in Pro Tools. We are looking forward to working much more with Chris in future sessions!
|Dialing in the mix while Paul makes a recording|
Last night, (Friday, Oct. 8) several students and I ran live sound for the “Brickhouse Bash” event in downtown Madison. The musicians were Jack Rollins and “The Sewer Rats” who played rootsy folk music and blues-inspired rock music, respectively. The event was hosted by the Madison Area Arts Council, who also presented an art show. The event provided the community with a fun place to spend a Friday night on a beautiful Fall evening.
|Dan Mortenson taking control of the board.|
Today, we had the pleasure of running sound for one of the great figures in our history who helped to shape our nation into what it is today. Yes, Ben Franklin himself showed up to talk to the students at an all-school convocation. It was what I’m sure will be the first of many fun sound gigs to take place this year. Much more to come!
Students will be using this blog as a way to show their work and interests throughout the semester. I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun this semester!
– Nathan Edwards