WHAT ARE LIVE SOUND AND PHONOGRAM
This article is dedicated to the live performances of musicians and the tricks that they go to give the listener maximum pleasure from the concert and … deceive him as much as possible.
The article is aimed at people who are not versed in concert sound and is designed to help them understand the process of live performances.
In a previous article, we already wrote how sound is formed at concerts and by what principle the sound is built. Here we learn how artists perform at concerts. For clarity, I will show the performance models in the form of a list and an algorithm:
1. SPEECH UNDER THE PHONOGRAM
Sound check is absent or short. A musician or band goes on stage. In the hands of musicians are instruments, the vocalist has a microphone. The equipment on stage is a dummy, used only for pictures. The sound engineer is behind the console and plays a key role in the artist’s performance, as his mistake can cost the artist a reputation. In this speech, his task is to turn on and off the phonogram in time.
Only monitors work on the stage, so that musicians hear sound and fall in movements to the music. Musicians pretend to play, the vocalist portrays singing, but they do not produce sounds
Everything is clear here: the audience hears the sound and sees how the musicians play, this is more of a show than a concert. Deception on the face. I think a quarter of those present at the concert guess that they are being deceived, but they are being deceived beautifully. Therefore, such artists for the most part have their own audience.
2. SPEECH AT FULL PLUS
Sound check is absent or short. An artist or group goes on stage. In the hands of musicians are instruments, the vocalist has a microphone. The sound engineer turns on the music and mixes the sound of instruments and voices into the soundtrack signal.
All the equipment works on the stage – these are monitor lines, guitar and bass amplifiers, a drum set, all the equipment is voiced. The musicians really play, the vocalist sings. But they play on top of the same phonogram. That is, they repeat what was recorded at the studio, only do it live.
As such, this can not be called a deception, but nevertheless it is present. Such performances are common today, as the sound quality is significantly improved compared to a live performance, and the cost and speed of sound tuning are reduced. The convenience and benefits of such performances are visible to the naked eye.
3. LIVE SOUND
The concert is preceded by a lengthy sound check. Musicians appear on the stage long before the performance, and instruments and voices are being tuned. After the start of the concert, the sound engineer fully performs its function, unlike the previous paragraphs. In this performance, all the sound comes from the scene, therefore, they rely only on the sound that was configured on the sound check.
This is the complexity of live sound, in contrast to performing with substrates and phonograms. You can’t hide behind a recording, the listener gets only what is here and now. But this is also the buzz of a live performance. Musicians, although they play the same thing, but each time is not like the previous one, there is a moment of improvisation.
Well, the listener gets his pleasure, because he hears not the recording created in the studio once, but the sound, performance and emotions of the artist that are born before his eyes and he becomes a witness to it.
4. SPEECH AT MINUS
Performance under the minus can be divided into two categories:
In the first, the algorithm is similar to the past. Only in the lively sound of the group is the recording mixed up by the sound engineer mixed in. It sounds the background, effects, backing vocals, instruments that are not present or cannot be present on the stage. This is not a phonogram as everything is performed live, and the recording only decorates the performance.
In the second performer, whether he is a vocalist or an instrumentalist, he performs his part live, and the background for him is the recording (backing track) that he plays. Sometimes you can see a live performance of a soloist under a minus, and musicians standing in the form of scenery depicting the performance of this minus.
Possible other options for presentations are an interpretation of the above or their partial mixing.
Of course, each artist chooses how to perform. It all depends on the funds invested in the performance and subsequent returns, on the skill of the performer, on the technical equipment of the site, on the reputation of the performer and his abilities.
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