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Author: Erik Rogers

A Career With A Little More Room In the Crotch

Out at FOH we live in a gated community.  We keep the riff raff away. (except the unlucky person who “wins” a seat next to me from the local radio station.  THAT poor bastard had no idea how much better a regular seat would be compared having to abide by my no drinks, and no being an asshole rules.). We usually get what we want.  We run the show and no one notices us.  …until we screw up. The goal is to not get noticed. Yeah.  Really. If we were rock stars we’d be on the stage wearing our girlfriend’s jeans and screaming into a...

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All Systems Go: "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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All By My Self

Some have mixed from a truck or vom with a camera or system of cameras to  help them see what they were doingI’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 many...

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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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It's that time of year…

It’s festival season. Systems Engineers all over the world are pouring over riders and input lists, programming consoles and system processors. It’s festival season. Systems Engineers all over the world are pouring over riders and input lists, programming consoles and system processors and preparing to tune sound systems for dozens of bands to hit their stages with little or no soundcheck. This can be a daunting task for the most seasoned Systems Tech. The balance of client budget, artist rider, company policy, “that’s how we did it last year” syndrome, available equipment, and a myriad of other mitigating factors all play a role in challenging our patience. I’m not here to tell anyone what to do, nor am I here saying that my methods are superior. The following is merely a list of suggestions that I have honed over the years after being burnt more than once on a festival as both Artist FOH and Festival Systems Engineer. I hope they help. 1.)! Subwoofers. You gotta have ‘em. FOH Engineer preference on subs varied, but there is at least one thing that every band engineer has in common. They want even coverage throughout the venue across the spectrum. This means that the standard Left/Right pile of subs is not an acceptable configuration in ANY circumstance, let alone a festival. A power alley flanked by two wide and well defined...

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