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Afro-Cuban All-stars 
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I went to watch the Afro Cuban Allstars at the Arts alive festival last night. The band was awesome (as were the local acts), but the sound was absolutely atrocious!

The kick drum pounded like a heavy rock band, the horns often overpowered the lead vocals, except when there was a horn solo, and then they seemed to dissapear from the mix!

The local bands were all drums. Everything else was barely audible.

Not to mention the dodgy camera work. Watching the screen looked like a game called "guess who's soloing". There would be a shot of a trumpeter chatting to his buddy while the pianist played a burning solo!

Why bother spending the money on bringing a world class band all the way to Joburg & then skimping on the sound?

Next year I'll stay at home & watch the bands on DVD. :x
Graeme


Sun Oct 01, 2006 12:01 pm
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Hi Graeme,

It's sad that live sound is sometimes (often) so bad....
It's an art all by itself, but it IS possible to achieve a good live sound. The problem with many engineers is that they start with the bass drum and/or bass guitar, get a fat sound going, but leave little or no headroom or space in the mix for everything else.

It boils down to the additive vs subtractive EQ debate in many cases.

I remember once way back, I went to see the Grateful Dead play in a hall at the UCLA campus in Los Angeles. The sound was *SO* good, it was like wearing a pair of top of the range headphones. Awesome.... The very next night, I went to see Bob Marley play in exactly the same hall. Though his performance and energy were incredible, the sound wasn't nearly as good. It was interesting being able to compare within a 24-hour window.

Here in SA, I have never heard live sound that even comes close. I tend now to simply buy the DVD.....

Colin


Wed Oct 04, 2006 8:04 pm
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Turns out the Cubans brought their own engineers with!
I guess it's not only their doctors we need to be weary of then!

Colin, you are really lucky to have seen the "Dead" & Bob Marley. I'm rather envious of you!
Graeme


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Turns out the Cubans brought their own engineers with!
I guess it's not only their doctors we need to be weary of then!

:lol: :lol:
Next thing we'll have a local band called "The Cuban Engineers".....
Or maybe a DJ named "The Cuban Spin Doctor"


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