Saturday, December 14, 2013
Live sound engineering techniques with Rush monitor engineer Brent Carpenter
UPDATE - 12/18@10:08AM: Here's one of the free sample videos that is posted on Lynda.com's YouTube channel. In this 6-minute video Brent goes over what's involved with miking Neil Peart's drumkit.
Rush monitor engineer Brent Carpenter posted a 1-hour and 18-minute tutorial video to educational website Lynda.com yesterday. The instructional video is titled Live Sound Engineering Techniques: On Tour with Rush with Brent Carpenter. From the tutorial's description:
Follow along with Brent Carpenter on tour with Rush, as he demonstrates what it is like to be a live sound engineer for a major rock show. We shadow Brent and the Rush sound crew as they prepare for the Denver, Colorado, show on their Clockwork Angels tour, where the band is set to perform for 12,000 fans. After the gear is loaded into the venue, Brent explains how he and the crew set up the rigging, amp racks, and fly the speaker arrays to make sure well-balanced stereo sound reaches every seat in the arena. He also shows how he sets up his console to mix the onstage sound for Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart and configures the in-ear monitor system and balance of audience mics for each member of the band. Then we get to sit backstage with Brent and watch what he does during line check, sound check, and the actual show. After the fans file out, see how all the equipment comes back down and is packed away so the cycle can start all over in the next city. ...
The tutorial in split up into multiple sections, most of which require a Lynda.com membership to view. But the introduction and a select number of other sections are free to preview. You can check it out online here. Thanks to William M for the heads up.