Meet Four Live Engineers Who Make Your Band Sound Good

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JOSH LIMPERT

Age: 32

Years in the business: A bunch.

Venues: Production manager at Old Rock House

Favorite piece of live gear: Anything that gets the job done.

Favorite band you've live-mixed: Toots and the Maytals jumps out at me right now because I'm a huge fan. I've had the privilege of working with some great acts over the years and am very thankful.

Best tip for making a show sound good: Actually paying attention and caring about what you do.

One thing the public doesn't understand about your job: If its not fun, it's funny. There is a lot of stress, and it can be very thankless. That's why we do it -- for the love!

Worst thing that's happened while working a show: I've almost electrocuted myself a couple of times.

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KuriousKat
KuriousKat

Ryan and Bob are right on about how a loud band can wreck the sound. Trust them folks! They have your amp miked and can get you as loud in the mix as you need to be, so be conservative. Nothing like a deafened guitarist who is so loud he's out of the mix or seeing your entire audience running outside with bleeding ears. All these guys really want to make you sound good, let them! If you're finding you need to go louder and louder to get your tone right, get a smaller-powered amp. I can't tell you how many players use 15 watt Blues. Jrs. at this level now. 

Most people don't realize that you have to double the power to get just 3 dB more sound...and that you have to multiply power by 10 times to get just double the volume...meaning, there really isn't THAT much actual difference in performance between a 15 watt tube amp with a lot of headroom and a 45 watt amp of the same make and quality..

Jason Goad
Jason Goad

Great read, I play bass and its helpful for me to know the sound guys expectations.

Jon Jon
Jon Jon

why does the url say 8, but the article has only 4?

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