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Andrew Henderson

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PA Demo Track Playlist
« on: November 24, 2016, 10:06:21 am »

Hello all, and happy Thanksgiving!

I'm curious about what music tracks you all are using to demo PA systems or familiarize yourself with a system you're about to use.

I know the main idea is to use tracks you are very familiar with, so you can immediately recognize when certain sounds or details pop out at you on a new system, and recognize the characteristics of the system. I understand that this is not a replacement for measurement.

I'll share my playlist:

Aaron Neville: Louisiana 1927
Stevie Wonder: Sir Duke
Adele: He Won't Go
The Beatles: I Want You
Needtobreathe: Prisoner
Phish: Free
Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody
2Pac: I Get Around
Tonic: If You Could Only See
Stevie Wonder: Love's in Need of Love Today
Bob Marley: I Shot the Sheriff
AC/DC: Thunderstruck

I mainly put mine together based on songs I already own, trying to have a variety of genres, and making sure everything was fairly well produced. I wasn't very scientific about it.

Curious to see what you all are using!
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Re: PA Demo Track Playlist
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2016, 11:18:03 am »

I use different songs, sometimes depending on what mood I am in.

But there are a lot of similarities.

Open-non "mushed" sound.  I like a acoustic instruments (we know what they sound like), well produced, clear vocals, nice percussion.
 
Percussive sound (drums-picks on stringed instruments etc) help to show off reflections or smearing in the speaker system.

Blown or bowed instruments don't show this.
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Re: PA Demo Track Playlist
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2016, 11:58:28 am »

No Steely Dan? :)

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Re: PA Demo Track Playlist
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2016, 12:11:13 pm »

No Steely Dan? :)
Steely Dan--2 Against Nature-- Negative Girl
Barbara Streisand duet with Barry Manilow...I won't Be The One to Say Goodbye
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Re: PA Demo Track Playlist
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2016, 12:36:45 pm »

I've been using IGY (What a Beautiful World) a lot. Sounds amazing through my system. Then I play Yes's Magnification for a challenge.
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Re: PA Demo Track Playlist
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2016, 12:41:04 pm »

Just about anything from:

Danny Gatton
Lyle Lovett
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Re: PA Demo Track Playlist
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2016, 12:57:57 pm »

Hello all, and happy Thanksgiving!

I'm curious about what music tracks you all are using to demo PA systems or familiarize yourself with a system you're about to use.

I know the main idea is to use tracks you are very familiar with, so you can immediately recognize when certain sounds or details pop out at you on a new system, and recognize the characteristics of the system. I understand that this is not a replacement for measurement.

I'll share my playlist:

Aaron Neville: Louisiana 1927
Stevie Wonder: Sir Duke
Adele: He Won't Go
The Beatles: I Want You
Needtobreathe: Prisoner
Phish: Free
Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody
2Pac: I Get Around
Tonic: If You Could Only See
Stevie Wonder: Love's in Need of Love Today
Bob Marley: I Shot the Sheriff
AC/DC: Thunderstruck

I mainly put mine together based on songs I already own, trying to have a variety of genres, and making sure everything was fairly well produced. I wasn't very scientific about it.

Curious to see what you all are using!
I use Keb Mo "Rainmaker" to EQ the low end, Steeley Dan: "Peg" for mids, highs and sibilance.
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Re: PA Demo Track Playlist
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2016, 03:05:08 pm »

Just about anything from:

Danny Gatton
Lyle Lovett
I used to work with Danny Gatton back in the 80s in the DC area.

I find some of his works great for testing HF drivers.  It puts a lot of strain on them, between the slide and the harmonica.
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Re: PA Demo Track Playlist
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2016, 03:30:12 pm »

Some of my go-to tracks include:

Michael Jackson - P.Y.T.
Daft Punk - Fragments of Time
Steely Dan - Babylon Sisters
Green Day - Brain Stew
deadmau5 - Ghosts N' Stuff
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
Muse - Survival

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Re: PA Demo Track Playlist
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2016, 03:38:10 pm »

Horn band stuff.  ToP or Ricky Peterson's Drop Shot (first pick).  If the horns project without sounding harsh, it's a good start.  Something with an acoustic guitar and soft vocals, e.g. Ricky Lee Jones Pop Pop to see if things still cut through after taming the horn sound.
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