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Nails: Things (noun/plural). “Nails” are a common fastener (often used in conjunction with wood glue) found in very early wooden prototype “PA” speaker cabinet construction.  Conversely, “nail(s)” might also refer both positively and/or negatively to an individual’s perception of sound.  Example: “Wow, you really ‘nailed’ (adverb) that mix!” is a positive example.   Or “Wow, those mids and highs are definitely throwing ‘nails’ (noun/plural)” is a negative example.   NEVER ever get caught confusing the former with the latter.  Ever.

Q: What’s does the term “out of phase” mean?

A:  Very common audio misnomer.  A condition of physical negative polarity.  Refers to an individuals’ disposition (state of health and/or mind) just before load-in, after either five or six nights in a row (on “tour”) or the morning after the night before a day off (while on “tour”).  May include (but in no way limited to) symptoms of dehydration and/or exhaustion.

Q:  What’s the difference between analogue and digital delay?

A:  Analogue delay now largely refers to those times where one might be late for lobby call, bus call or your flight will depart later than scheduled or be or cancelled altogether due to inclement weather (or mechanical malfunction). Digital delay may refer to either echo effects in a mix or the manipulation of time used to correct for differences in arrival times within a “PA” installation in a venue (both temporary or otherwise).

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