Welcome to Episode 7 of “From the Booth.” This recording was made last weekend during one of our Easter services. I’ve changed the layout in the video a bit again to see if we can continue to give better angles for you guys to enjoy. Check out the particulars below if you’re curious. Please let me know what you think of the mix either here in the comments, on facebook, or by dropping me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Here are the particulars for this recording:
- As I mentioned above, this recording came from my workplace’s Easter services last week. Things went pretty well and after the numerous rehearsals I feel as though I was able to get things really dialed in. I’m mixing on an SSL L500+ with an outboard waves system helping out with the dynamics a bit. Just one last quick note, I did edit out the speaking during the performance to help shorten the video, if you have any questions about how we mic up speakers, be sure to check a series I wrote on this topic recently (find it at this link).
- The audio you hear is from the broadcast mix of the FOH console. This mix is built from my master bus with the FX turned down just a bit to help them sit better in a studio environment and that’s it. It’s not a perfect mix for broadcast but it does a good job at translating a mix designed for an auditorium down to a mix suitable for personal viewing.
- You will see 4 videos in a matrix. The vertical video on the left is of me and the console. The bottom right video is a screen capture of my Smaart appliance that I use to monitor the room and the balance that is in play. Above that on the left is my new addition to the video, a screen capture of my waves monitor so you can see a bit more of what I have going on (at least a little bit). The last PIP is the program feed from our video system so you can see the context of the service. I’ve also upgraded my videos to 4K so you can blow them up a bit larger if necessary.
- Here is the general layout of the SSL L500+ that I’m operating. Top left bank of faders generally sits on my drum inputs and drum FX feeds and can access my mixed outputs if need be. The Left bank at my waist (left hand) is used for instruments and tracks and access my main outputs and groups if I need to check on something or make an adjustment. The bank in front of me (right hand) is almost always on the VOX page of the console, which is setup to easily switch to my VCA page. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions in the comments if you’d like to know more.
- As I mentioned above we have a waves soundgrid system running as well that runs at a full 96k sample rate with 64 channels inserted into multirack. Most of the FX we use are run on-board the console because they sound so good. However, we do the majority of our compression in waves because of the flexibility we can achieve with the use of the plugins that are available. It should be noted that we are setup to quickly enable compression on the console if there is a waves failure and are ready for that just in case we lose connectivity in the midst of a service.
- Song names are listed on the Youtube page and all credit goes to the band for the performance, the song authors, and to God for allowing me to work with such a great team.
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