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In live performance, what is a "monitor"

In many live music contexts, musicians have the problem of hearing themselves clearly. Typically when playing loud, musicians are positioned behind the main speakers (heard by the audience) to avoid ...
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Is redundancy used when live recording important performances?

So, I work in live production, specifically in audio. With very, very few exceptions the mics themselves and the mic cables have no immediate redundancy other than someone being ready to deal with a ...
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Do I need to practice recovery from confusion? How?

I’m surprised I’m the first one to bring up an important practice point that three of my teachers have recommended. Practice starting from different points in the piece. Not only at the beginning a of ...
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What is the purpose of this concert equipment?

They are called "Stage monitors". Basically they are speakers so that the band members can hear themselves and their fellow musicians more clearly. When the stage is big, it is hard to ...
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Why don't bands try to fade out songs live like they do in the studio?

There might be many different reasons for different bands. So I will be able to point just some possibilities. Studio recording and live performance are different ways to present the songs. Recordings ...
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Why don't bands try to fade out songs live like they do in the studio?

There are two different ways this can be done: a) The band plays at a quieter and quieter dynamic level, until none of the players can be heard anymore (over the crowd etc. noise). There are a couple ...
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What is the purpose of this concert equipment?

Adding to the existing answers - monitor or foldback speakers - so-called because they literally fold the sound back to the band. Often, especially in open air gigs, the sound is fed to the audience ...
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Why don't bands try to fade out songs live like they do in the studio?

I have seen bands do fade-outs live, and I have played in bands that did fade-outs live. So it does happen. Exhibit A: Why does it not happen more often? It's hard ...
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How to stop performing and just experience the music and play naturally, when playing live?

Playing in front of an audience is a skill in and of itself. Like any other skill it needs to be practiced. Pretending to be in front of an audience when practicing is one way to do it (though ...
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Is redundancy used when live recording important performances?

There are several youtube videos showing live setups for large bands, and you'll see that there is a LOT of redundancy in there. Thinking of Billy Joel's keyboard player David Rosenthal - he has two ...
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How do you organize your set list for a gig?

The better bands I work with will have a list of all the songs - numbered. (That's one of the reasons they're called numbers !) The bandleader/ frontman will decide what gets played judging by the ...
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How do you organize your set list for a gig?

First, I mostly play folk, for very small groups. I’m sure a lot will change with your audience and style of music. The first thing to do is look at your audience. If I’m playing for an audience in a ...
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Why don't bands try to fade out songs live like they do in the studio?

They don't fade out in the studio. They keep playing in the studio. The engineer just slides the fader. Thus "fade out". A sound man can do that to a band, if the band has no acoustic drums ...
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Do I need to practice recovery from confusion? How?

I'm surprised no-one else has highlighted what I think is the most important part of the question: my role will be accompaniment As I'm sure you know, accompanying other people is very different ...
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In live performance, what is a "monitor"

As a sound technician for my church, one of the most important roles is making sure the musicians can hear themselves. This is done by controlling the levels in the monitors. Often, these sit on the ...
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Why don't bands try to fade out songs live like they do in the studio?

It's trivially easy to play a fade-out 'live', particularly if everything is going through a mixing desk. We don't do it, because the audience need an ending so they know when to applaud. Audiences ...
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Stage presence for a keyboard player

Keyboard player's stage presence is much like the drummer's situation. Better than that, keyboard player can be standing and vision of audience is not covered by metal sticks and discs spread all ...
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How to use VST (virtual instruments) on a live gig

What is the minimum setup to use VST on a live gig, hardware- and software-wise (please supply a complete list, including MIDI and audio stuff etc.)? Hardware: Any system capable of running a plug-...
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How do musicians synchronize with the playback keyboards/ambience when live?

The drummer usually has a click (and the track) in his (in-ear) monitor. The rest of the band can choose if they want the additional track in their monitors or not. As long as they can hear the ...
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Why do artists sing their successful songs off-beat after many years

First of all: variation is part of our nature. Not only we're not able to do the exact same thing twice, but we often don't really like it. And what you hear is not "off-beat". That's [re]...
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How do you organize your set list for a gig?

Depends on the event. I'm in a Celtic folkadelic band so let's take for an example a bar gig on St. Patrick's Day. First tune is a modal tune that any of the musicians can drop in or drop out of ...
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In live performance, what is a "monitor"

Another term for monitoring is 'foldback', which sums it up quite nicely. The sound is re-routed via speakers- on stage or in ear,in order to be useful to each muso. Care needs to be taken that the ...
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How to stop performing and just experience the music and play naturally, when playing live?

Play in front of an audience. A lot. Start with the family pet and work up. Close your eyes, if you can do that without it affecting your playing. There's a reason why so many vocalists close ...
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Is redundancy used when live recording important performances?

I think you need to look at this historically. Back in the days when the only real mobile multi-track recording facility was owned by the Rolling Stones, then you would be lucky to even be recording ...
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How can I automate the arming and disarming of tracks in ableton?

Nevermind guys, I figured it out. So basically Ableton has a feature where you can map tasks like arming or disarming a track onto a MIDI event (CTRL+M). But it needs to receive that event from an ...
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How to control an analog or digital mixer (every channel seperatly) from laptop using vst plugins live

You have a few different options. Mix completely "in the box", i.e. all mixing happens in software in the DAW. Your audio interface has enough input channels to bring all audio things into ...
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Why don't bands try to fade out songs live like they do in the studio?

I don't think I have heard/read from musicians explaining why live fade outs aren't common, but I think you can come to a sensible answer by first asking why bands often play so loud? Of course they ...
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What is the purpose of this concert equipment?

These are called monitors speakers or stage monitors or floor monitors in this case. In your picture there are more on either side of the stage). Monitors are speakers aimed at the performer to make ...
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Do I need to practice recovery from confusion? How?

It's often said that amateurs practise till they get it right, pros practise till they can't get it wrong. And it's fairly accurate, and a great tenet to live by. Knowing your part 'inside out' will ...
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