Sun Oct 14 15:06:25 EDT 2007
The sound man is certainly an accomplice, there is no doubt. But when the
soundman in a given venue is a constant then it is the artist who is driving
it, else they would ALL be loud enough to peel paint.
And no matter what soundman I can't see in my minds eye (ear?) a screamingly
loud Magic Slim for example.... I stand to be corrected.
On Sunday 14 October 2007 14:25, Fred Dabney wrote:
> > I understand that amps have a sort of sweet spot that adds to the tone
> > and turning it down too low can make for crappy sound. I've seen some
> > players carry a couple of different amps just to fit the venues. You
> > don't want a wall of Marshall's in a tiny venue or a Pro Junior in an
> > arena (unless you mic it). But it would seem to me that if a significant
> > portion of the audience is complaining, that the musician would turn it
> > down a bit. The idea of "blowing them away" should be figurative, not
> > literal. I want to remember the show because it was good, not because my
> > ears are ringing.
> Sometimes it's the soundman who is at fault.
> Several years ago, at the Silver Ciry Blues fest, on the
> day devoted to acoustic acts the sound was at or beyond
> the threshold of pain.
> My ears rang for days afterwards...
> Fred D.
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