Live Sound: an Indie Band Guide

We have all been there, you are a musician and you are trying to play a show and do your own sound. When you are a band playing in bars that don’t provide their own sound guy, the duties of musician AND sound guy fall on you. Let’s face it though; you spent most of your time practicing your songs and instrument, not on how to run sound. Here are a few things that will help you get started. This is just a quick down and dirty overview so you can get a PA working without much experience.

Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki TrioThe Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord NH has some seriously awesome shows coming up the next few months. They are having Weird Al Yankovic, Primus, and Irish Night with David Surette and the Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio. Irish night takes places this Friday, February 6th at 8pm. I plan on being at this show on Friday. Why? Because it is going to be F(*&^ing fancy pants fun!.

Brooks Young Band, Concord NH, Music I use to think that using samples of other people’s music in my music was cheating. So I programmed my own drum loops and virtual instruments. I then thought that programming was cheating, so I learned to play drums for real. I then thought using store bought drums was cheating, so I made my own. I then thought that using premade drum heads was cheating, so I bought and killed a goat and made my own. I then thought........... Click read more below

"Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you.

Featured Band-

We are starting a new column on http://www.yourband.info. Each week we are going to feature one band on The FRONT PAGE of yourband.info, our forum, our facebook, Google Plus, and Twitter. We will include your bio, links, music, upcoming shows (if any) and more. If you would like to have your band featured please do the following things!!!

Angry musicianHere are a list of 10 things you can say to really piss of a true musician. Sure there might be meaner things you could say like “your band sucks” but here are the things you don’t know really hurts them. If you want the musician in your life to cry or if you want to risk a punch to the nose- feel free to say these things to your rock-star want-a-be. Oh, you should also not say rock star wanta-be.

Results for the best of the best in local music for 2014. As voted by you on www.yourband.info/forum

What is Phase?

When we talk about live sound or recording with mics, we hear a lot about phase cancellation. We know it is bad, but what is it really? Let’s not confused phase with the guitar effect known as phaser(that is different). Phase becomes something we have to worry about when we have two microphones recording the same sound (one mic can also have phase issues but is not as common). Phase cancellation is when the same sound is played out of a speaker at a slightly delayed time.This causes the speakers to play nothing or distorted sound. We will try to keep this a pretty high level overview. With that said, please keep in mind that some of the descriptions we provide will not be 100% “technically” accurate but used to demonstrate the principles at work; Don’t worry we will tell you if we are making stuff up.

You are not going to be famous

I have known a lot of musicians who think they are special. They believe they are going to be the next Beatles. Seriously, sorry, you won’t. More people have won the lottery then have been on a gold album. Let’s put it this way, The Ramones first album- It took 35 years to go gold. THE RAMONES! These guys are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and it took their album 35 years! What chance do you have of making it? Minuscule. This doesn't mean you can’t have a successful music career. Just be sure to set realistic goals so that you don’t cry and quit when you don’t become the next Herb Albert.

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