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The SOS Guide to Live Sound by Paul White

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Chapter Nine Managing The Backline

 

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In most small venues, a very significant part of the sound heard by the audience comes from the back-line–the amps and the drum kit on stage. The PA may only be needed to amplify the vocals and perhaps give the occasional leg-up for a guitar solo to achieve a well-balanced sound in the room, so keeping the back-line level under control and ensuring it produces the right sound is hugely important.

As a guitar player, I appreciate the sense of power that comes from playing through a large amp and speaker stack, but the reality is that your front-of-house mix engineer (or mixing musician, if controlling the mix ...

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