From the Booth – Episode 9: This is Christmas 2019

Welcome to Episode 9 of “From the Booth.” This was recorded over this last Christmas season (December 2019) at our big Christmas show. I hope that by watching this you can see how I mix, the types of things that I do and find inspiration, encouragement, etc for your own audio environments.  If you have any questions about the mix or any thoughts about things I could improve please let me know here in the comments, on Facebook, or by dropping me an email (daniel@studiostagelive.com). Enjoy!

Here are the particulars for my setup and the video:

  1. This video was made from our Saturday performance which was the second full show we ran. We use all Shure wireless for our performers (Axient digital for mics and PSM900 transmitters with PSM1000 receivers for IEM systems). All in all just under 30 wireless systems in play during the show. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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 videos 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 – I’m working on a new way to view these videos but it’s not quite ready yet)
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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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From the Booth: Episode 8 – Acoustic Weekend

Welcome to Episode 8 of “From the Booth.” This was taken from a regular weekend on my daily driver the SSL L500+. We did a bit of an acoustic feeling set which I’ll go into detail below. The biggest difference in this episode is that I chose to do all dynamics processing onboard rather than include the Waves Soundgrid in the fun. Enjoy the video and please let me know what you think of the mix either here in the comments, on facebook, or by dropping me an email (daniel@studiostagelive.com).

Here are the particulars for this recording:

  1. This recording is from one of the services from this last weekend at my full-time gig at Christ Community Church. We changed it up this week and proverbially unplugged (sort of). While we didn’t narrow down the number of inputs we changed the ones we used quite a bit. We changed out an electric guitar to a violin, cut down the drum kit quite a bit (biggest change is the kick which is a floor tom with a kick head on it and a large port in the back giving it a much different sound than our massive kick drum we usually use), opted for a standard keys sounds rather than mainstage, and replaced an electric bass with a resonant bass. To compliment what the band was doing I decided to bypass my waves outboard rig and run the whole thing on the console (with the exception of my wash verb which I couldn’t really replicate onboard). This pushed my mix to a much different place, which I quite enjoyed. 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 (find it at this link).
  2. 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. I will say that not everything translates perfectly. For instance, the toms in the mix are a bit hot but they sat in nicely in the room and popped just like you would want them too. But overall, I’m pretty happy with how these mixes usually turn out.
  3. You will see 3 videos in a matrix: the program feed from video world (top right), smaart (bottom right), and a camera on me as I mix (left).
  4. 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.
  5. While I do have a Waves SoundGrid running and available, because I wanted to really change the sound of this weekend I decided to not use it which really took my mix a new direction. As I mentioned I did keep my wash verb running to use which is what is on the vertical screen to my far right (Rde-esser, PEQ, hreverb with about a 5 sec verb time). If you’re curious how I would usually use it, awhile ago I wrote up a 9 week series outlining my basic template for that system. You can find that here.
  6. 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.

If you like what you see and would like to receive an email when new content is released please feel free to subscribe at this link! Also, if you have any questions about what you see, please feel free to reach out to me in an email at daniel@studiostagelive.com and I’ll do my best to answer your question.

From the Booth: Episode 7 – Easter 2019

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 (daniel@studiostagelive.com).

Here are the particulars for this recording:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

If you like what you see and would like to receive an email when new content is released please feel free to subscribe at this link! Also, if you have any questions about what you see, please feel free to reach out to me in an email at daniel@studiostagelive.com and I’ll do my best to answer your question.