Mackie Humor

Discussion in 'Location Recording' started by dvdhawk, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    This evening I had to go train up some novice church volunteers on the basics of operating their sound system. So this afternoon in preparation, I downloaded the manual for their Mackie mixer to print out some handouts from the "Track mark-up sheets" you usually find toward the back of the manual. I often do this so everyone can follow down through the buttons & knobs and take notes without crowding around the mixer.

    It's been a while since I've looked at a Mackie manual, but nobody can say they're not trying to make manuals a little more fun.

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  2. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    But to honest, I wish I would have noticed the extra knob on the handout before I passed the track sheets out.
  3. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Thats priceless. :ROFLMAO:
  4. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    LOL... yeah... I actually had a novice on another forum once who took my suggestion seriously that Sonar should include an "M.M.N.S." function (Make Me Not Suck)

    I recently did a consultation gig exactly like Hawk did, a church with a new PA... and they had no idea what to do with it.
    They had a big insurance settlement check and went shopping. They ended up paying retail for a Behringer Eurodesk.
    32 channels with 8 aux sends per, and a 16 ch in-ear monitor system...for a church with a three piece band. Oye.
    Man, did Guitar Center see them comin'...
  5. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    In old versions of Sonar, in the tips windows, you would occasionnally get jokes like : 'Pizza and beer go well together'.
    I guess some teams need to let out some steam !! ;)
  6. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    In fact, this suck knob should exist on all mixers, I can't count the times I've been ask to do a change in a mix that was perfect. Then I'd reach for an unused channel and turn the knobs and then the customer would say 'that's much better' :) I'm such a bad boy !!
  7. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Donny, that is so precious LMAO. Retail for a Behringer and a 16 channel in ear monitor system ROLF. A trio? You mean the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghoststers? Is this what they mean by doing it in the Cloud? As in Fog almost looks like God. If it wasn't for the Fog? It almost looks like Quad? 5.1? The guy downstairs?

    Well I'm sure that sales guy over at Guitar Box, thanked God for that commission he just got? Now he can spend it on drugs and alcohol. In Colorado may be just drugs?

    Why am I not in Colorado?
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  8. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    We all have that cartoon hanging up in the control room. And the client never sees it. Works every time. It's amazing how well placebo works.

    Your hair transplant looks great! I could never tell?
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  9. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    I did that stuff all the time. I almost always had a dead "dummy" channel cued up for those clients that wanted to help mix - but who knew nothing.

    It was also great for record company A&R guys and project managers who had the ears of a brick. But, it got them "involved", and they were happy that they could push a fader or boost 1k by + 200db or whatever, and then go back and tell their bosses that they helped to "mix" the project.

    I remember once, I was recording a band, and it was during that early 80's era when "aural exciter" was the buzz word.
    Everyone loved the exciters... well, almost everyone. I hated them. I loathed them with the heat of a supernova. I still do.
    But, these guys were on my ass about it, so I finally patched in an Aphex 103...except I left it in bypass (intentionally) LOL

    And immediately, the band guys were ecstatic about the huge "change" in the mix.
    "Oh Yea! Now that's what we were talking about! That's perfect!"

  10. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Hey! I resemble that remark. Actually, that's all my own hair... or what's left of it, anyway.
    Gettin' thinner on top and thicker in the middle, day by day. ;)
  11. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    The folks at SOS got a chuckle out of me with this one too.
  12. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    LOL... pairing people based on their preference for digital or analog. LOL That's a good one. I can see it now... are you a Digi? or a Loggy? Maybe you swing both ways? Which would make you a hybrid.
  13. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    I think the thing to bear in mind is, not everyone formats calendar dates mm/dd/yyyy.

    It's got it all, the questionable hygiene of niche professionals, a dig at Adobe's Creative Cloud, but the last line is the best.

    Not that any of those cliches are true or anything.
    I was looking through the photo gallery on a website for a large PA rental company - seeing if they could help me fill someone else's tech-rider. I found one picture I had to download from their site. I emailed it to my son with the subject: 'See if you can spot the sound man'. Let's just say, it wasn't exactly a 'Where's Waldo' moment. Mullet, chain-drive wallet, fanny-pack loaded with keys, Mag-Lite, big ole tat, exposed by the black tee-shirt with the sleeves chewed off - on the business end of a large-format digital console at an outdoor show. So I can't even say, "oh we all had our own version of looking ridiculous in the 80's" - this looks like last summer, tops.

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