Australian Irish Fund Gala Luncheon

This was possibly my last gig for the trimester with Aisle 6, but I’m confident that the work will continue as I have formed a pretty good relationship with them. This one was a bit of a fancy event, it was basically a lunch event for the Irish Australian community, a chance to raise some money with raffles and auctions and some musical entertainment. This gig was also a bit of a milestone event, as I had finally been given the responsibility of controlling the audio through the event. This included taking care of setting up and micing the musicians and speakers/MC’s correctly, giving a good foldback mix, using effects and processing and just being aware of the all the audio. This wasn’t a terribly complex task, however it felt like a big job to do at the high standards at which I set myself, not to mention that it was a much more formal and corporate style event.

The venue was a large hall style room with a small stage, we sat the PA system on the ground on either side of it. At the back of the room we set up all of the gear, including the wireless system, the Allen & Heath Qu16 desk and the visuals for the projectors. My boss Richard was in charge of the visuals and I was in charge of all the audio. I was fairly nervous with the role, but i was excited to have a little bit of a progression from the cable monkey status.

The day started with the guest arriving and taking their seats, from this point I was running some quiet background music through the system, it helped the atmosphere feel a little less empty. Simultaneously I was making sure that when the MC or anyone else was talking on stage with a microphone, that they had volume and could be heard above the conversations and chatter. Later throughout the day there was a panel conversation with 4 people. This was a bit of challenge as we were using by request, 2 lapel mics as well as the 2 wireless mics. Anyone who knows anything about lapel mics will tell you that they’re notorious for being crap whenever there is more than one sound source in the room. This meant that I was constantly riding the faders throughout the panel. As I brought up the mics they would feedback unless I brought down the levels of the mics not being used at the time, the lapels were phasing with each other and there was a distinct lack of low and mid frequencies if both were up at the same time. However, I feel as though I managed to ride the faders well enough.

The musicians at the event were and Irish folk acoustic duo, they used an acoustic guitar as well as a bouzouki and fiddle. The Instruments were simply DI’d straight into the desk, other than the fiddle which we just mic’d up with the wireless vocal microphone, it filled the room fairly well even with a lot of chatter.

Overall, it was a successful day and we received much thanks for our efforts from the people that organised the day. I’ve really enjoyed working with Aisle 6 of the past couple of months and the work will continue throughout the future, I’m sure of it. In terms of industry experience, recognition and work, it’s been a real foot in the door.

Things I’ve learnt about Live sound this Tri, or have expanded my knowledge and abilities on…

Hard Skills:

  1. Live Signal Flow and routing methods
  2. Appropriate micing techniques to suit a scenario
  3. Basic knowledge of a live desk
  4. Techniques to avoid noise and feedback
  5. How to run cables in a safe and neat way
  6. Basic Dynamic and Spatial effects for a live mix
  7. Taking a multitrack recording
  8. Sending foldback mixes
  9. Wireless microphone systems

Soft Skills:

  1. Problem Solving and active thinking
  2. How to talk to clients and musicians
  3. Having a polite manner, positive attitude, and being a likeable approachable person (basically no one is gonna hire you if you’re an asshole)
  4. Getting shit done is the main thing

Peace!

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