I also think people have gotten more aggressive about going up to FOH to complain.Hell, in New Jersey, they start lining up before the band even starts to play.
+1 . This past this Winter I was at a casino show that Styx was playing at. My seat was the first one to the right of FOH. The show was mixed perfectly IMHO !! Had several friends in the wings that stated the same. However, at least 3 different people approached FOH during the show to complain about something or rather. The BE seemed to offer a friendly response but i was just blown away by the audacity of these jackasses. I caught his glance after a few of those incidents because I was shaking my head in disbelief and he would just roll his eyes and laugh.
In the smaller acoustic venues, I've found that reducing the levels actually solves the "volume wars" as the crowd is able to carry out their conversations at a lower level without competing with the music. Of course, once the alcohol starts to really flow, all bets are off.
Somewhat the same concept involved here, http://www.meyersound.com/news/2012/constellation_libra_comal_faq/. Control the acoustical environment such that the audience can experience the desired environment without also competing with it.
i do think that these units are probably the ones that can get the closest to that sound in real time. i still think that both of those are just brilliant boxes...
Is anyone else noticing a trend in the past few years of crowds requesting significantly increased vocal levels at shows? I've been finding this at all sorts of venues from <200 cap clubs to 4000+ tents. I personally think I have come to always mix slightly vocal heavy anyway but I'm talking, significantly higher.
People want the vocals up front? Can you refer them to me please? I have the opposite problem. Everyone wants smashed to piss "lead" kick drum mixes around here.Most of the bands seem to want: drums compressed and cranked to 11, bass at 10 and heavily compressed, vocals tucked under them, guitars, keys, and other instruments way down below that, often at after-thought level. Then run the entire mix through a compressor and smash the piss out of it so you don't have to touch the faders all night. Kick drum is WAY out front, not the vocals/leads. IMO, Vocals or whatever is being featured at the moment, should be on top. Kik drum is what needs to be tucked in.
The Waves MaxxBCL hardware box will get that sound in spades.
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