How To Make Your Bar PA Kick Butt
Let’s face it…. if I was a painter, I would probably want to start painting on a clean canvas. A canvas free of flaws, rough edges & most importantly, free of paint. Make sense?
As a mix engineer, I feel the same way about mixing. I simply don’t like mixing on a system that hasn’t been setup properly. The truth is, a system riddled with flaws in the response, no speaker level and alignment can make the mixing experience less than enjoyable. In fact, it can be downright humiliating if things get out of control.
All too often, we expect the mixing board to help us correct all the flaws we encounter when the problem is within our sound system….. our “canvas”.
This situation puts us on the diagnostic side of the mixer. Ironically, we don’t get to mix that much because we are busy diagnosing or troubleshooting & this scenario isn’t very fun. What is the band thinking? People are giving me that look…. I hope I can fix this fast…. Man, I really suck at this…. I may as well sell all my crap and buy a boat… Well listen, I have been there many times in the beginning of my sound career. You can change that. I will show you how.
In this book, I explain how to get your PA setup so you CAN mix on a clean canvas. BIG difference! This places you on the “CREATIVE” side of the mixer. Once you learn how to setup your system properly, you will NOT want to mix any other way. Ever!
Allow me to take you through the entire process. I truly feel it will change the way you look at sound & your mixes will sound better than ever. – Dr. J
Topics to be discussed over 9 Chapters (123 pages)
- When Time is Up – 3 Best Steps
- Examination & Verification of all the parts plus Polarity
- Setting up the Crossover
- Gain Structure
- Balancing & Tuning the System Response
- Tuning System using the Auto EQ Wizard
- Dual FFT
- Final thoughts
Inside these chapters I also touch on other popular topics as well…..
- Proper speaker placement
- Ringing out the main system
- Ringing out the monitors
- Boundary & Room Mode compensation
- Best place to place a measurement mic
- Time Aligning Speakers
- Many more!