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.

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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.

From the Booth: Episode 6 – Night of Worship

Welcome to Episode 6 of “From the Booth.” This recording came from our yearly, one church, Night of Worship, held at our largest campus here in St. Charles. This time I had a bit more time to prepare and do playback throughout the week so I believe I Was able to end up in a more refined state than I usually get to for this concert. Nothing too crazy changed in the setup but we are doing a few original songs sprinkled throughout the set, which made the night a bit special in that way. 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 video was made from our recording of our Night of Worship. There were a few mistakes in there and some fun situations that I needed to work through (including a few console issues, big thanks to SSL’s quick response after the fact that helped solve the issue) but, things happen. It’s how you respond and work through it that matters. If you have any questions about this, feel free to comment below or email me and I can walk through what happened if you’d like privately. 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 top left video is my Smaart machine. Within that video, the green is real-time, the orange is a 10 sec average of the real time, the red (if you even see it) is what is coming out of the console (you’ll typically only see if there is an issue with our gear which I don’t believe there was). The SPL number is 1 minute average of the instantaneous readings, which is how we measure the services. The top right is the broadcast video feed. Bottom left is a camera showing what I’m doing, I hope this camera angle is helpful. If a different idea about where that camera could be, just let me know, I’m always open to trying new things. The bottom right  is basically what I see, that camera is looking over my right shoulder. Because the lighting was quite a bit more dynamic the gopro was struggling a bit, I hope you get the idea. This spot is also open for ideas, I toyed with capturing my waves screen but I wasn’t sure how helpful that would actually be. Let me know what you think!
  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.
  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.