From the SoundProLive Bloggers

In my travels around the globe, both on behalf of Avid Technologies as well as for my touring clients, I have met countless men and women who desire to get into the field of music production. In nearly every one of those encounters there is one undeniable thread that runs through them; the quest for more knowledge on the subject and more “training”.

Over the years, I have been faced with making the conversion from freelancer to production company man and back to freelancer. Sometimes i made the decision and sometimes the decision was made for me.

By: Steve Nazarian

The audio electronics company I worked for in the 1990s was called Crest Audio. I was hired to write the user manuals and promotional literature for a new series of mixing consoles called the “Century Series.”

 

This new line of consoles was a shift down market from the rarefied air that the company’s Gamble EX series occupied. As colorful and exciting as mixing consoles are, the company’s bread-and-butter was power amplifiers. Having been an innovator since the 1970s, the Crest had a reputation for building amplifiers of both the highest power and quality.

 

In 1987, Crest introduced the Professional Series 8001 amplifier. At the time it delivered the most power in the smallest package and it did it while sounding… well, awesome.

So I had to ask myself why fix it if it ain’t broke? Is knowing when your mix is in the pocket an instinct? When the venue cooperates, the PA is phenomenal and the console is humming nicely why the need to “fix” it?

Hi Sue: I try to take care on the road and make sure all the stages are wired properly and all but every now and then

Jett’s long term goals are to be an independent and reputable audio mastering engineer with her own loyal clientele. 

I had a conversation with Paul Dieter, FOH engineer for Jackson Browne, at a show a few weeks ago and at some point, our conversation turned to our experiences in the early days of audio. It got me thinking…

Men are a little lower on the food chain. If it weren’t illegal, men would simply throw rocks at men that they don’t like. But we can’t do that. So we give nicknames.

We went into many venues totally blind. There is the time in Tennessee where the contact just could not tell me what exactly was in the club in terms of staging or PA. But he told me “don’t worry.”  Well those words MAKE ME WORRY!

The skill—and rest assured, it IS a skill—of career management has served me very well. And guess what, it would likely serve you very well too, if you would devote even half as much time to it, as you do to getting that elusive kick drum sound. Being labeled a good manager and promoter of your career is not a knock, it’s a compliment.