Here is a fantastic view of FOH mixing for Legally Blonde . Posted on YouTube by Sam Johnson

Performed by the cast of Legally Blonde at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Make sure annotations are on to see who each fader is. DISCLAIMER: the audio distorts during some sections because of how loud the show is and the quality of mic on the camera.

Here is a fantastic view of FOH mixing for One Day More from Les Miz. Posted on YouTube by Sam Johnson

Captured during a performance of Les Mis at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, in Michigan. SoundCraft Vi6, mixed with VCA faders using the "line-by-line" technique. Snapshots recalling VCA assignments and various routing and effect parameter changes, such as panning and reverb time. House system is LCR with vocals primarily center and orchestra left/right.


It is expected of any technician that they be prompt, efficient, and responsible. Further, they must be supportive of the team's efforts to put on a good show. In line with that, they should have a good understanding of the chain of command, and what position they hold on the ladder. The SOUND OPERATOR gets their initial instructions on the show from the sound designer, after which they become a part of the running crew responsible to the Stage Manager.

 Here's what we have. The links are to the web sites that contain info about each piece of equipment and may even have a copy of the manual. 
Our sound rack. It's being stored in our tool cage at the moment. We goofed a little. When we were designing the rack, we measured all the doors we thought we would need to pass through. Then the plan changed and we wanted to use the old storage closet... You guessed it; we didn't measure the closet door. The rack is an inch too wide. Yuk!!! rack1 rack2


Video from the David Letterman sound guys talking about the (then) new ProTools.

Our board was having some problems. Two channels were not working and we could use some more as it was. So, I called a local equipment rental company. They had a 24 channel board they would rent for $150 per week. When I went to pick it up, I decided to simply purchase a new 8 channel board for less then $300.


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