I know this subject has been kicked around a lot, but I have a few questions.For those who have had to mix FOH under a balcony, Was there ever a point where the balcony was high enough above you that it didn't adversely effect what you were trying to mix or what you were hearing?Has anyone ever had FOH up on the balcony and what was your experience?Thanks for your thoughts!
Our local PAC Concert Hall has the worst road show position, under the balc, far house left. The plaster is about 6' above standing head level, and both it and the flutter echo off the house right wall (under balcony) absolutely color the sound. For the mixerperson, though, it's a 15 second walk down the side aisle (continental seating) to be free of the balcony overhang. I'm not sure much matters, as the hall has such funky acoustic problems. Things sound very different about every 3 or 4 seats across the width; front to back is less of an issue until you get under the balcony.Most of the rooms with front balcony mix positions have iffy coverage there. Some designers try to keep HF off of the bull nose or fascia and miss the meat puppets in the first couple of rows, others assume that the main PA will cover. The acoustic space is different and will have a different sonic impression. Ivan or Brad W can tell us how they deal with system voicing for this coverage and how it differs, if so, from voicing for the orchestra level PA.
Just want to throw this out there:If mixing in a room where there seems to be different sound in every few seats.When does one reach the point where one just mixes on monitors or even headphones and just tries to feed the system a good mix and lets chance determine who gets what parts of it?
Underbalcony is hopefully only a few steps from a better listening position. I cannot remember the name of one particular hall, but mix was In the balcony, and the ramp/stair layout was such that an elevator ride was the faster way to listen to anything in the main seating area.
FWIW, I've been to a theater where on the orchestra level, sound was quite good, but in the balcony, all one could hear was overpowering bass, and little if anything else. Literally sounded as if the subs were the only operating component of the system.
And was in a booth as well.
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