Interesting Times

Posted: April 17, 2013 in Live Audio

There will be coming some interesting times.

1st  a local musical: The prince of egypt
2th an event called “Hartstocht”
3th a visiting show; De Nieuwe Snaar.

in one week, together

first final rehearsal musical,
then final rehearsal Hartstocht,
then De Nieuwe Snaar,
show time Hartstocht
showtime Musical


I recently  tried Behringer ‘s x32 and was pleasantly surprised.


I’m working on a movie!

Trailer link

Large Membrane

Posted: April 26, 2012 in Live Audio

It’s been a long time since I posted something.

so to make up,
Few weeks ago I was on a show where I had the opportunity to test a few things.
I got some different Mic’s in demo, an audio technica AT 4040 and some AE3000’s which are both large membrane mic’s
so I tried something I read in the book “art of mixing a show by Dave Swallow”
I used a AE3000 for the snare bottom and the AT4040 on the guitar amp

I was so blown away from the sound of the AT4040 that I ordered me one Right away
the AE3000 on the snare bottom gave me a nice clean cut line on the snare

after the show I was discussing with the guy who set the FOH system about the use of Large membrane on live shows
he was all about bleed-through from a different source, I think individual sound goes first.

as a bonus a shot from the show

First Time Monitor Mixing

Posted: January 21, 2012 in Live Audio

Got my First Experience on Monitor Mixing and something strange happened.
It was like I forgot everything I knew, I did know it’s a total different world but I didn’t expect it
to be such a difference suddenly you need to follow up to the FOH engineer
and your not running the soundcheck.
and mostly the biggest thing is no FOH audio its just a monitor at my side to have a clue on whats going on.
But beside all this I had a fun day with some great people: the band, the People at Ainsi and Arthème.

Violons Barbares


Greetz Jimmy

Best wishes

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How beautiful a rider can be.

Posted: December 16, 2011 in Live Audio

Just got a rider for next week and its beautiful

It took me a little longer as I hoped to get back on the blog.

So following up on the first part.

As I wrote in the last bit of part 1 I was going to use the Transient Designer on a  theatre production.
Here are the results

First of: the attack button didn’t do a thing in the setup, this is properly due to the fact that you don’t have direct signal in the mic’s
when they are suspended from the ceiling and lie on the floor and take an indirect sound.

second: the sustain: well this is an interesting bit this worked superb this helped me out a lot,
the fact that is written above that the mic’s only take let say boundary sound instead of direct sound and due to
high gains makes it vulnerable to reflected sounds coming back from the room  and random noise.
This I solved by turning the sustain back a lot, it made the speaking shorter than before,
before it had a sort of reverb that were the reflected sounds, that problem was solved.
Later on I also noticed that when I turned the sutain back to normal there was a lot of noise,
the sustain also takes out noise or silenced it.

The extra’s

 For the one’s who looked very careful at the picture:

You should have noticed that the cable on the mic’s on the floor are pointing upwards.
Normally we use pzm mic’s but this time they weren’t availably for rent but he had a solution.

take some sm57 put them on a floor stative an point them in an angle at the floor,
I read something about it years ago but never had the guts to use it, and even forget about it,
now I had to do so, and it worked thats all there need to be said about it.

If you look at the picture above you’ll find a gray box on the right side mounted to the wall.

The director of the play asked me to put a mic there after a little conversation with the building crew,
we decided that the best was was to build a box with some holes in it like a speaker grill of some old
radio or telephone speaker and put a mic behind it,

The next day one of the crew arrived with a box as we talked about we drilled a hole trough the wall putted an
omnidirectional lavaliere  mic trough the hole and screwed the box on top of it this already gave us a hollow sound.

The director also wanted a special sound from the box, some sound like in a hospital when they’re asking for a doctor.
so when I came home I tested an bass guitar effect unit inserted on a channel (an boss me 50b) on this I have a natural drive selection
as an overdrive.

After some playing around with it I took it to the rehearsal and after  tuning it in, the director was happy with the result.


The sound desk, Transient designer and Boss Me 50b.


Greetings Jimmy

As in the title this will not be the last part of the Transient Designer.

Most of You will know SPL ‘s Transient Designer  and some of you will use it on drums or percussion,
you won’t read anything of those in this post.

I bought my Transient Designer last week, that week I was on a cooking show,
the audience was sitting in front of one or two cook’s

This Show included two headset’s (to my regret a shure PG something the budget line) and a Yamaha LS9.
In the picture, you can clearly see that I ‘m in a control room, so i was running up an down stairs for the first few minutes.

So more on the show: the show cooking was a 3 day event, the second day I brought along my new toy.

The headsets were sound checked the day before, I copied the channels of the headsets and inserted the Transient Designer
so I could hear the clean and inserted channel and compare the difference.

after I unmuted the inserted channel and the transient designer working but nothing done with the 2 controls (attack-sustain)
I already heard no difference thats a good thing, I turned down the attack and then I already had a sort of half smile,
What happened was, the intelligibility was gone, so I turned back to normal and started turning the attack control up,
by now I was smiling big time the intelligibility increased, if I tuned to far it became harsh it turned up somewhere around 2 o’clock.

next up Sustain turning Attack back to normal and increasing sustain it became a sort of reverb kind a thing.
I didn’t need that, turn the other way and it was shortened, before you could hear the room coming back into the headset
on my headphone’s and the sustain knob took it away but to far ain’t good either so I set it around 10 o’clock.


Well this week I’m on theatre,
and putting the Transient Designer to work again.

This time doing something Different,

I ‘ve put 5 mic’s on the floor and 9 in the air, I only have  4 designer’s on the device.
So my solution:  make groups of them; the floor, the mid ceiling and the back ceiling
so I turned all the mic’s main button of and turned them into aux 1, 2 and 3.
It’s on a Digital desk, a Roland  M-400 so I don’t have groups where I can plug something into.
so I am using the aux’s which I can send to the main and insert a device.

putting the 3 aux’s on the user layer along with al the music track’s and other things,
it’s easier to pul down 3 faders instead of  14.

Keep posted for the result around the end of this week.

As a preview



Well Last Friday I mixed another Bal@Herk (it’s a folk ball).
The band playing was Naragonia quartet, Bal@Herk has some people who participate
every ball. (It’s once every month)

One of them was planning a trip for a few years to Nepal to do some volunteering,
so the others planned a surprise which included a choir which sang a song written
for the one leaving.

I placed some raisers in a step form for the choir and putted some large membrane mic’s
in front of it. Still hoping for a nice  soundcheck, they told me there isn’t going to be one.
Well That ‘s a first!
Just few weeks before, I had another choir and I remembered what I did then.
So I did the same thing as before.

Time has come, the band ended their last song before the encore.
The band came back on, settled down and the choir came on stage.

With crossed fingers (in my mind, it ‘s hard to mix with you ‘re fingers crossed)
the band started playing.
I turned the DCA a few db down and turned on the choir.
first note I turned down the band a little bit more
there was the choir and the sound was spot on, right on the money.
I was in joy and got some great complements about the sound.
It turned out to be a long day with a great ending.

Greetings Jimmy.



A few days ago Dave Swallow posted a video,
it was a lecture with Tony Andrews the man behind the Function 1 speakers.
At a point in the lecture he was talking about acoustic’s,
at this point I remembered that in the basement of the theater a curtain was rotting away,
then I had the brilliant idea to hang the curtain at the ceiling in the middle of the room.

You have to know that a few years ago, an acoustical study was made,
that gave us a report on what we should do to improve the room.
These are the point of improvement in the report.

1 cover the side walls with curtains

2 cover the back wall in curtain

3 put a damping ceiling at the back of the room

Point 3 was done a couple month’s ago and we found out, it didn’t improve anything.
So this cost a lot of money an didn’t do anything.

Well after installing the curtain and a few claps in the room we foud out that there
was some improvement, then we played some music trough the FOH and there
was indeed some improvement.
The day after the hanging and clapping we had 2 venue’s in the room.
One  a live on tape show and second a ball with a folk band,
of which I will post soon.
After the first we found it a serious improvement and that was confirmed at the second show.

We are now looking to place more of these curtains along the room.

So it isn’t hard to improve acoustic’s if you have an idea for as long as you want to damp,
try it and you will find out if it works if it isn’t what you were looking for,
try to place it in a different way or in a different place in the room.

Greetings Jimmy.