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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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anonymous Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:36

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'...

RemyRAD Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:53

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

anonymous Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:02

pcrecord, post: 412464, member: 46460 wrote: 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 !!

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!"


dvdhawk Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:24

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.