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Q: Why should our band have a sound engineer?
A: Because everything sounds different in front of the speakers. If you have a newly formed band, youíll need to focus your efforts on stage to making the music, not worrying about how it sounds on the dance floor. It is true that many experienced wedding bands play without a soundman, but Iíve often found that they have succeeded in sounding over-produced, flat, and boring. If you are going to play a gig where you are the center of attention (as opposed to the bride), you need to sound energetic, and dynamic, and different from one song to the next.† Your sound engineer can make that happen.
Q: What does the sound engineer do exactly?
A: The sound engineer is responsible for making the band sound as good as possible to the audience. S/he uses microphones, a mixer, signal processing electronics, amplifiers, speakers, and many yards of cables, to balance and reinforce the music created on stage so that it sounds like great music on the dance floor. There are several basic skills that involve connecting up all of the equipment. In addition, each piece has itís own set of knobs and controls which need to be learned. The last, but most important is being able to match the various pieces of the system to the music that you hear. The trick is to know which knob to turn to make it sound better. This is a classic combination of art and technology.
The definition of a sound/audio engineer:
Audio engineering is a part of audio science dealing with live sound reinforcement, recording and/or reproduction of sound through mechanical and electronic means. The field draws on many disciplines, including electrical engineering, acoustics, psychoacoustics, and music. Unlike acoustical engineering, audio engineering generally does not deal with noise control or acoustical design. However, an audio engineer is often closer to the creative and technical aspects of audio rather than formal engineering.† With the advent of the digital age, it is becoming more and more important for the audio engineer to be versed in the understanding of software and hardware integration from synchronization to analog to digital transfers.
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