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  1. absoblumminlutely! You can soundcheck and rehearse until the cows come home, BUT things are always different under "battle conditions"! Musicians nearly always play louder/hit harder and want more monitors mainly due to the sheer adrenaline floating about, and can you just imagine how much of THAT there was?? The other fact to take into consideration is that the band don't have a regular crew that know them better than they know themselves like they did in the old days. Sure Robert's normal monitor man was doing the onstage mix (as I understand, anyway) BUT the onstage volume would be MUCH louder then he used to. I'm not saying that mistakes weren't made, but hey, that's life! I think flying the sidefills probably didn't help. They would have been better groundstacked, but that simply isn't the way things are done these days (and it's only my opinion anyway!) I think the general criticism of the engineers that is being bandied about is an absolute insult to everyone involved. They weren't just dragged in off the street and given the job you know!
  2. an awful lot of artists are resistant to using in-ears. They DO take a bit of getting used to for a start and have a tendancy to cut out the raw emotion from a gig as the sound can be very "clinical"
  3. I've kept my mouth shut thusfar (being a newbie), but I'd like to add a few observations as a sound engineer! Th FOH desk was a Digico D5. It's a digital desk which stores all your settings. The pink noise was before the support bands went on! This, however, doesn't excuse all the missing channels from the first few band, but the problem with digital boards is you can't actually see all input channels in one scene like you could with analogue boards, but have to go through several screens making correcting errors much more complicated and time consuming. The feedback was from the wedges, not the PA, and was thus the responsibility of the monitor engineer, not the FOH engineer. This happens when an engineer is asked to defy the laws of physics by making the monitors louder or adding unstable frequencies...singers ALWAYS want louder and more top! Especially when they're a bit nervous so not necessarily his fault! The speaker system was the EV line array (I think! I was a bit far away!) and does tend slightly towards the brittle at high SPLs in my experience. I also think there wasn't enough of it! Hence BM running into headroom problems. It's not an easy room to do and the acoustics change dramatically when the treble absorbers (audience) arrive. Having said that, there certainly wasn't excessive bottom end where we were...in fact I would have said exactly the opposite. Zeppelin ALWAYS tended to soundcheck with the first 2 songs! Now I know there was a rehearsal the day before, but that's really not the same thing a full soundcheck. Add into this that there were bound to be huge amounts of nerves floating about on BOTH sides of the FOH board, and the psychology of letting the band do their thing and I think the situation for the start of the show becomes clearer. I'm not saying it was the best sound I'd ever heard, but it certainly wasn't the worst by a very long shot! ....... and the shortcoming were surely totally swept away by the fact that LZ were on stage , LIVE in front of us, giving us their all, and I for one, thought I'd never see that again
  4. well, life is much too short to argue, but we were on the on the guest list and our tickets were paid for
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