Welcome to the 10th episode of “From the Booth.” This time around I’m featuring a recording from our Night of Worship that I recorded earlier this year. My hope is that not only can you enjoy what I think is a pretty good mix but also maybe pick up a few things you can do to improve yours. I don’t think this mix was perfect but I do know that I do a few things I don’t see many others doing. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask questions below or drop me a message on Facebook, I’d love to chat and help any way that I can.
- We use all Shure wireless for our performers (Axient digital for mics and PSM900 transmitters with PSM1000 receivers for IEM systems). 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 with some room mics added in 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.
- 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).
- I’ve added a few more video inputs. Here is a quick summary of what you see in the video. Across the top row you’ll see our side screen program feed, a lockoff camera of our stage, and lastly my Smaart instance (audio analyzer). On the left side of the screen (just below the program feed) you’ll see two feeds from my SuperRack setup. I automated the visible plugins to help give more information for you guys. In the middle there you’ll see my console’s meter bridge. Lastly, you’ll see a camera pointed at me on the lower right side of the video. I’ve also uploaded this in 4k so you get plenty of detail even when it’s full screen on large monitors. (PS – there are a few sync issues that I was just unable to fix because of some equipment issues that were happening)
- 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 also has my VCAs which allows me to quickly make larger mix changes. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions in the comments if you’d like to know more.
- There is a Waves SoundGrid running and awhile ago I wrote up a 9 week series outlining my basic template for that system. You can find that here. That series is a bit dated as it highlights Multirack but I’m still using most of the same plugins for the same sources today.
- 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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