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Weogo Reed

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audio for Contra and other Folk Dances
« on: November 12, 2019, 01:12:54 pm »

Hi Folks,

How many of you work with Folk Dances like Contra?
I've been doing this since the '80s.

A couple requirements are:
High intelligibility for the Dance Caller
Even coverage left/right, front/back, at modest volume levels

Not so many paid gigs, but lots of community volunteer opportunities.

These are generally fun gigs with mostly interesting people.
Drunks aren't welcome on the dance floor, but generally can sit and watch.

Thanks and good health,  Weogo

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Re: audio for Contra and other Folk Dances
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2019, 02:02:19 pm »

Well, I was in charge of the sound at the university ceilidh society for a couple of years, with gigs once per fortnight. Plus additional external stuff.

What do you wanna know?

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Re: audio for Contra and other Folk Dances
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2019, 03:09:52 pm »

Hi Chris,

"I was in charge of the sound at the university ceilidh society"

Cool!

There are still Folk dance groups using a couple EV 100S speakers and an
Entertainer powered mixer, managed by volunteers.
Some of these volunteers are intimidated by the International Forums here so
twenty-one years ago I started an e-mail List for people doing sound for folk dances.
These are very basic to mid-level questions.
On the List I talk-up online resources like ProSoundWeb  -
several List users also post here and a few are now doing audio full-time.

The e-mail List is currently in the process of moving from Yahoo to a non-profit server hosted
by the Country Dance and Song Society and I'm here looking for those
experienced with folk audio to share their expertise and
those looking for basic answers, to broaden all our horizons.

Interested folks can PM me, or my e-mail is on my website.

Thanks and good health,  Weogo

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Re: audio for Contra and other Folk Dances
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2019, 03:37:19 pm »

Yeah, I provided sound the year after someone who had a pair of those exact EV speakers. The organisers were over the moon with my setup. No feedback, and everyone could hear everything clearly.

IME, the usual audio principles still apply (as always), but the mix is very different to what an uninitiated engineer might aim at.

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Re: audio for Contra and other Folk Dances
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2019, 04:58:20 pm »

Hi Folks,

How many of you work with Folk Dances like Contra?
I've been doing this since the '80s.

A couple requirements are:
High intelligibility for the Dance Caller
Even coverage left/right, front/back, at modest volume levels

Not so many paid gigs, but lots of community volunteer opportunities.

These are generally fun gigs with mostly interesting people.
Drunks aren't welcome on the dance floor, but generally can sit and watch.

Thanks and good health,  Weogo

LiveEdge.net

I've a very good "general tech" [and all around interesting/fascinating person] friend in San Francisco that this is his main hobby and has been for decades.  He's told me about the gigs and frankly they do sound like a lot of fun.

Anyway, if you want to connect with a fellow "contra" feel free to DM me.  He's not on the forum here, but i suspect he'd love to connect if you want.
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Re: audio for Contra and other Folk Dances
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