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In this episode of Sound Design Live, I speak with the the Director of Audio at IMS Technology Services, Chris Leonard. We discuss mixing monitors for Tears for Fears, setting up the sound system for the presidential inauguration, and Dante troubleshooting tips. I ask:
- How did you get your job at Maryland Sound?
- Walk me through the sound system at your last gig at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
- How do you troubleshoot Dante networks?
- What was the biggest mistake you’ve made on the job?
The day you stop learning, you’re only moving yourself back.
- All music in this episode by Tears for Fears.
- Educational resources Chris recommends: SynAudCon, Smaart classes, Smaart manual, Smaart User Group on Facebook, InfoCOMM, Sound Design Live podcast, Bob McCarthy’s book, MXu,
- Hardware: RAT tools CAT snake, Yamaha Ri8-D, CL5, QL5, VRX 932LA-1, Q-Box, GoPro, Shure55
- Dante troubleshooting
- Unplug the secondary (redundant) network. It’s easy to get those crossed.
- ULXD Dante configuration needs to be set to Redundant Audio if you are running a star topology network.
- TM Array
- Stage Jammer: Patching the stage, jamming the stage together
- A lot of it has to do with your attitude and work ethic. Nowadays work ethic seems like a thing of the past.
- As a company you don’t always have the space the bring in a green person right away. You need to have them mature a little bit, but if they mature in a labor pool that you work with all the time and they get to know your gear, I’m more inclined to bring them along on a show.
- Networking is key. If you came to town for the first time and said, “Hey I’d like to work with you,” the first thing I’d do is see who you are connected with on LinkedIn or who I know that already knows you.
- They were making fun of me for volunteering to work for free and the truck driver said, “You’re all laughing. One day you’re all going to work for him.”