Yo! Sound Man!

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by BassCliff, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
  2. Hi.

    Thanks for sharing that.

    Not that articles like that would really change anything for anyone who hasn't been on the other side of the console(s), or have been a pro touring entertainer, but one can always dream :).

  3. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    I've never had any awful soundman experiences but I would be hard-pressed to name one who did understand music lingo. Hell, even most musicians around here don't...
  4. Thanks Cliff

    +1. Yep :)
  5. ggunn


    Aug 30, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Like what? Most sound men I know are musicians as well.
  6. JerBear80

    JerBear80 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Great list, so true
  7. I make it point to talk to him asap. Get his name, shake hands, thank him in advance, give him my name and the names of the rest of the band printed out on the stage layout / input sheet, and ask him is there is anything else he needs to know. I then tell him the band sort of sounds like xxxx, to give him an idea of how to mix and EQ the band. We set up, make sure the amps are working, then we do not play a note until he says to. And we all play something simple when called upon - for bass, I play low E quarter notes for a few seconds then 7th fret D, then a simple bass riff from one of the songs, and I watch him for when he wants me to stop. At the end of the show, I find out what he drinks and bring him one, and thank him again for his work. If he did a great job, I slip him a $10 bill. Believe me, when you come back, he will remember you for sure...
  8. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    The handful I know personally are musicians as well (albeit self-professed pure hobbyists), I was thinking more along the lines of the old joke, how do you make a guitarist stop playing? Put some sheet music in front of him. It was more of a potshot at the musicians, if they can't handle music lingo, why expect it of a soundman?

    Thinking about the local musicians I'd be lucky if I found someone who understood me if I asked them to give me a random Dim7 chord. Hell I'd be lucky if they knew their minors and majors ;)
  9. I used to tip the sound guys sometimes, but some places I've played lately he tells me not to worry because he is getting paid more than me!
  10. 10cc


    Oct 28, 2013
    I always tip the sound crew before the show after sound check. Even if it's small it really goes a long way for both side of the board. Learned that tip years ago:D
  11. As a decent sound guy (compared to mediocre bassist), I think you really only need one rule: Always assume the Sound Guy knows more about his equipment and mixing in his space than you do. Beginning with this assumption will lead naturally to almost everything that site has on the list, and guarantees that you treat him as an equal contributor to your performance.

    You can always adjust your approach later if this assumption does not turn out to be true. ;)
  12. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
    This is exactly why it would never occur to me to tip the soundguy.

    Article's good but this made me laugh:
  13. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    The comments were interesting.