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In this episode of Sound Design Live I have curated some of the best highlights from Aleš Štefančič’s presentation from Live Sound Summit. Aleš shares his best tips for getting great results under the worst circumstances. Plus, a lively Q&A section at the end where he is asked:
- Can everyone learn to mix well or is there an inherent base line of talent necessary?
- What advice do you have for working with a band that is being difficult, especially in a one-off situation where you won’t be able to build a lasting relationship?
- Is there an appropriate way of telling another engineer that their mix just isn’t right?
- More and more bands are showing up with IEMs without prior notice. What is the guerrilla mixing response?
If someone is being insulting on personal level, my support doesn’t go diminished. I am here to do a job.
- If you can’t prevent guerrilla mixing:
- Verification & console prep
- Focus on the stage first
- Keep it simple
- Guerrilla mixing is mixing against all odds. You have no time for advanced preparation. You are lacking all relevant information. It’s the ultimate test for your speed, focus, and mixing ability.
- If you have a chance, try to prevent it from happening.
- I might use faders at zero mixing if I am mixing FOH only.
- You cannot influence the way other people treat you. You can influence the way you treat other people.
- If someone is being insulting on personal level, my support doesn’t go diminished. I am here to do a job. Do your job and let Karma do its.
- IEMs in mono are crap.
- You can train this with virtual soundcheck.