IS IT REALLY THAT SIMPLE?
These two steps will indeed radically improve your mixing. Whether in live sound or in recording, implementing these two simple things will be game changer. Yes, it really is simple.
WHAT IS IT, WHAT IS IT?
1. Make all instruments and voices as natural sounding as possible.
For instance: Does that acoustic guitar sound just like what it would if you were sitting in front of it unamplified? This is THE test!
DON'T MAKE EVERY INSTRUMENT AS BIG SOUNDING AS POSSIBLE, BUT RATHER MAKE IT AS NATURAL SOUNDING AS POSSIBLE!
2. Make sure you can hear EVERY instrument & voice clearly in the mix.
If something is stepping on something else, or something gets lost in the mix, you aren't mixing up to your potential. It's that simple. No excuses. Don't settle for anything other than the best.
Why It's Never OK To Put a Performance
Mentality on the Congregation
"Maybe it's those new fangled lights. Oh I know, it's gotta be that wiiiillld music those kids nowadays love that's pollutin' ev'ry thang around here."
Some dude will go to one church, see an issue (in their own mind), and then make a blanket statement that the entire church has some serious problem.
You do realize that there are literally millions of Christians in the world right now...
See that picture above? I'm willing to bet that a few of those folks singing are just going through the motions. See that dude on the cell phone to the bottom right? He may have an incredible loving and obedient relationship with Jesus. You don't know. I don't either. All we can see is the outside of man, but God looks at the heart.
A CONGREGATION SINGING ISN'T ANY INDICATION OF
BEING RIGHT WITH GOD
“I hate, I despise your religious festivals;
your assemblies are a stench to me.
Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings,
I will not accept them.
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,
I will have no regard for them.
Away with the noise of your songs!
I will not listen to the music of your harps.
But let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream!"
THE LITTLE FOXES THAT SPOIL THE VINE
His problem wasn't any of his hardware, but that his guitar was filthy. His strings (that probably hadn't been changed since the 80's) had caked on dirt and sweat. The fretboard looked a lot like the one in the picture here, but it was far worse. I spent at least 2 hours just cleaning the guitar before changing the strings. Once I gave the guitar back to him, he plugged it in, and was blown away by the difference. He asked me, "what did you do?" I replied, "I cleaned it."
DISCLAIMER: IT'S LIVE - DON'T TOTALLY STRESS OUT ABOUT BLEED
Now with that in mind - read on:
THINK ABOUT BEING INTENTIONAL
Check this out (what do you notice):
Yes it's mono. If you want to turn it into stereo, you could build two of these. One powers the tip, and the other the ring.
The original schematic appeared in a Japanese book with a lot more filtering in place. I simplified it for almost anyone to be able to build this easily. The 386 is a very robust and forgiving chip. A 9 volt battery will work fine, but a guitar pedal power supply would be good too if you don't mind the wallwart.
The chip is an LM386 - which is readily available almost anywhere you can get electronic parts. I recommend using a socket for the chip to make the build easier and more successful. This circuit features a low parts count and can be made for about $10.
If you see any corrections or additions that need to be made, please feel free to comment below.
Note: If you'd rather have a volume control, you could add one right before the 1/4" out. If you build a stereo version, a stereo potentiometer would be a great addition. Either way, a 100k, audio log potentiometer would work. 1/2 watt is ideal and will work fine.
If you are not for sure how to build anything electronically, I have temporarily left my electronics page open for a limited time so that you can learn!
So, why not always compress electric rhythm guitars? Here's the reasoning behind it:
Compressor pedals on pedalboards
Stay with me here folks...
the inherent compression aleady found in overdrive pedals
A Vintage Article By: Malcolm Chisholm
Because of this, I was really into reading what engineers were doing in times passed. Along the way, this journey lead me to a colorful engineer by the name of Malcolm Chisholm - his discography and resume is an insane look into a brilliant, and sometimes controversial giant of an engineer. Most people either loved him, or thought he was nuts. But, anyone that would care to listen for a while, knew he was the real deal. Over the years, I have collected every thing I could find written by him. Here's one such article of the many I have!
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