In order to reduce the communication gap of performer and engineer, Dan and I wanted to post some thoughts from the "other side of the fence". Many times musicians don't understand the ins and outs of our job, or what the proper protocol is for a certain situation. There are many "venting" threads on sound engineer forums in which the engineers vent their frustrations with the musicians that hire them. Since we are hired by the band or the venue, we typically don't have the ability to "talk back" to our customer (even if it's in a constructive manner), or any other person in charge of the venue/event.
Rather than just letting those comments go unnoticed on a forum, we've decided to make the information available for the bands, crew, venue managers, and anyone else involved to read and use as a way of understanding. Hopefully this information will help you understand where we're coming from and you can use it as a learning opportunity to better refine your product, events, or band.
The links below are meant to be informative and are meant to help improve your band's performance and sound, as well as help you to come across as a more professional act on many different levels. These are industry wide opinions/procedures, and were compiled by Dan and I. That said, read on...
In no particular order:
Asking for Extra Mics
Proper Microphone Technique
Keeping Current Stage Plots