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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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What is the purpose of this concert equipment?

Those are stage monitors - basically, general-purpose loudspeakers with built-in amplifiers, designed to sit on the floor and be audible to people standing in front of them. Their purpose is for each ...
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PA Mixer Setup for band

For a venue and audience that size, the most important thing will be making the vocals audible. You should run mono. If you don’t have even small subs then bass and kick drum might not make sense to ...
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How should I wire multiple speakers for a live performance?

Building a PA with mystery speakers is fraught with peril. The biggest question that faces you is: If you blow one or more of those speakers, who will care and how much will they care? Speakers that ...
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Recording drum machine and electric guitar on the looper during live performance

Regarding destroying the amplifier, this is not going to be a problem with the Looper. It is designed to be in line with a guitar or a keyboard, and you can set the volume levels of your loops. You ...
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How do musicians synchronize with the playback keyboards/ambience when live?

Yes, as Matt L. said - it's a "click track" sent to the drummer's headphones; the rest of the band simply hears the drums in most cases and follows that. If you need to do this, a solution I came up ...
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Focusrite Scarlett and mic preamp

The XLR input of your Focusrite has a pre-amp so you can connect the dynamic mic in directly and have enough signal. You do not need an external mixer. The Focusrite product line also provides ...
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How do you stop your hands from tensing when performing solo acoustic guitar?

Playing in front of an audience has almost nothing in common with playing at home with family and friends, so stage fright sets in and you tense up. Not only that, but your hyper- critical ears kick ...
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How to do tempo change in a song with a band

That’s a big question and I’m sure I won’t cover every possibility, but here goes with my thoughts ... The tempo change is owned equally by everyone, not just the percussionist, and it is everyone’s ...
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