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Recording/Training Rack
« on: March 02, 2010, 05:55:09 pm »

Hi All -

Long time listener, first time caller here at the REP.  I work in the event production department at a university in WI.  I've been working on a proposal for a new recording/training setup and was hoping I could snag some suggestions from y'all.  

Every semester we hire a couple of new production technicians to run audio and lights for the events on our campus.  I always struggle with how to appropriately train them.  I've tried bringing in some instruments of my own and playing for them, but just play the guitar and sing.  I've tried just throwing them on a board for a show after going over the basics, but it often takes them about a semester to get any degree of comfort with it.  I've tried having them shadow a more experienced tech, but it's hard to train people when you have a strict (and short) timeline to deal with.  

I've been thinking about purchasing an 8 channel recording interface that has 8 outs as well (something like the Profire 2626.) I'm hoping that this will allow me to do things such as record the drums during a show and then sending each individual track through a different output and into a board so that I can teach people how to set compression, gates, EQ, etc. for the different parts of the kit.  I also want to use it to record shows for some of our on campus groups, but the training aspect would be the most important.  

Would this work?  Do you think it would be an effective way of training some of these noobs?  Most of them have little to no experience running a show.  

Thanks for any feedback!


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Re: Recording/Training Rack
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2010, 08:52:13 am »

Probably not a bad idea.  A couple of weeks ago I dropped by to visit a friend who just started a gig with a band in the middle of a tour.  He had "learned the songs" from "board CD's" that were sent to him before joining the tour [with notes attached like which GTR player was doing the solo in what ever song].

When I showed up that afternoon the band was indeed going to soundcheck... BUT he had been sitting there for a couple of hours at that point with DAW files from the night before and was getting the "feel" of mixing the show before the band showed up.

Something like a quick set of raw [off the pre-amp] set of files might be very helpful in getting your "new crew" up to speed faster.  I'm guessing these are students who are doing the shows... perhaps if you couple the"recorded track material" with having them spend a "pre-requisite semester" following the current crew around their training will be closer to complete by the time they need to actually start doing shows.

Just a thought, not necessarily a good one.

CN Fletcher

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