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Author: Erik Rogers

Dear SXSW…

We’re revisiting on “oldie but goodie” today. Yes, E-Rock, you are officially old enough to be an oldie but a goodie. You’re welcome. Some thoughts on doing a festival that may have started as being all about music, but these days, that particular art form is only important insomuch as it relates to some new app that will expose even more of your personal data to even more tech companies and continue the decline of Western Civilization. Enjoy. -rev. _________________________________________   By Erik “E-Rock” Rogers   What is the appeal to play SXSW?   Is it the incredibly rude...

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All By Myself

Some have mixed from a truck or vom with a camera or system of cameras to  help them see what they were doing. I’ve had conversations with well known engineers about “Mixing in Isolation” over the years.  Some have mixed from a truck or vom with a camera or system of cameras to  help them see what they were doing and a trusted systems engineer to make sure that the intended audience was hearing what the engineer intended them to.  It seemed to me, at the time, that those situations were completely undesirable and were management decisions to sell that...

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A Safe Day In The Life

Everyone has something to say or an opinion about the recent epidemi of disasters, accidents and near misses plaguing the entertainment industry lately.  …Myself included.  I’ve heard, however, that opinions are like assholes.  And roadies are, if anything, a bunch of assholes.  …Myself included.  Opinion and speculation won’t bring back our friends that died, nor will they heal the injured.  In fact, they only serve to fuel the emotional fires already burning.  So… as far as I’m concerned, while there is a need for public discourse about these things, opinion and speculation is best left to the cops and lawyers. ...

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Waves dbx 160 Compressor Plug-In

I cut my teeth on a Crest GT40, analogue console.  I loved everything about that desk.  I couldn’t imagine needing more than 8 aux sends back then and I didn’t know what a VCA was.  To the right of my console was a rack full of outboard dynamic and effect units that were either inserted on a channel (or a group) or fed vix one of the precious 8 aux sends and returned to one or more channels on far right of the console.  Back then a 40 channel console was effectively a 28 channel console after taking up...

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I Don’t Care if It’s Black Sabbath Or the Pope

I was fortunate to work several campaign events this year.  At the most recent one there was a heavy emphasis placed on audio. It was the last event of the campaign and they were pulling all the stops to win as many votes as possible.   The event took place in a 10,000 seat arena.  Two stages were built, one at each end of the arena.  One stage was for a rock band and one was for the Presidential Candidate.  Each stage had a complete arena sized PA System flown above it and firing toward the opposite end of the...

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