Double Platinum Supporting Member
- Oct 19, 2012
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When you hire experienced sound "engineers", they usually already know that. I say that to point out the difference between the noobs and the veterans. When I see a sound guy who looks like he's in his twenties, covered in tattoos and his entire head is pierced, I know I'm working with a noob. If the sound guy looks like he's well into his 40's, and maybe his hair is turning a little gray, I know I've got a guy whose on my team.When breaking in new sound guys I would have them come up and stand on stage next to me during the sound check after I got my rig sounding the way I wanted. I'd play for a couple of minutes and say "That's what I want it to sound like tonight." Most of them got it, and they tried to keep the house sound pretty faithful to what they had just heard. Often these guys had never before taken the time to stand right in front of the amps - or drums - they were mixing. They had listened only through the mics -> board -> phones -> mains during sound checks. But most of them got what I meant when I wanted them to hear what I heard.
... usually. But not always.