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Live Audio: The Art of Mixing a Show by Dave Swallow

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CHAPTER 7

Load-In

Hopefully, you will have received information from your tour manager or production manager about what time you are expected to be at the venue to get your equipment out of your vehicle and into the venue. This process is called load-in. Depending on the size of the production, load-in could be any time of the day, or even a few days prior to the show. Think about this: just because your band’s set might only be an hour, you still might have to be at the venue at 9 a.m., for a 9 p.m. stage time … Long old day … But as long as you make it a relaxed and calm day you can have fun, and the whole thing becomes worthwhile. For festivals like Glastonbury and Coachella and for truly big bands like the Rolling Stones and U2, load-in could ...

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