Originally Posted by Jim Williams
Yeah, tell that to Robin Trower! It's what people come to hear, that 100 watt on "10" playing those hits.
I have a live recording of him playing at the Ventura Theatre, a converted movie house.
The mix was excellent as the mixer knew what to do. Feed the vocals, drums and bass through the PA, drop off the guitar mics. The results were a perfect mix and that perfect Marshall tone, un-adulterated through their crappy sound system.
It's not about the sound guy having an easy time mixing quiet sources, it's a show. It's all about the artist and the crowd.
Best post so far!
A lot of sound guys are failed producers and are offended when a band mixes itself. If I take a guitar solo I will turn up my volume and/or pick harder, I don't depend on the sound guy turning me up because by the time he noticed the solo and found the channel it's usually already over.
On a similar note: How many performance videos have you seen where there are long shots of the bass player's hands or the keyboarder's mullet during the guitar solo?