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Sep 1, 2003 12:00 PM

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Mix is gearing up to present its longstanding annual Audio Education Guide in its November 2014 issue. Want to have your school listed in the directory, or do you need to update your current directory listing? Add an image, program description, or a logo to your listing! Get your school in the Mix Education Guide 2014.

As the FOH mixer for acts such as Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, John Mellencamp and Sheryl Crow, Dave Eisenhauer knows about dealing with noise levels created by cheering fans. We caught up with him as he was setting up the mix position on the 50-yard line at Giants stadium for the last two dates of Bon Jovi's Bounce tour.

“Many venues — particularly sheds and open-air shows — can sound reasonable if you keep the volume down. Many younger FOH engineers mix too loud, trying to blow the place down. I like to mix at about 102 dBA, leaving plenty of headroom. So what do you do when the screaming fans put the level at 110 dBA — even in-between songs? One thing to do in such cases is to bump the level of the first song way up and then bring it down, which gives the audience an impact up front, and then gives them a chance to settle down. Another thing is to keep the bass in perspective, with a balanced ratio of lows/mids/highs. I try to tune the P.A. so it sounds like Genelecs in a studio, and a lot of the newer venues can actually sound good if you keep volumes reasonable and work with — rather than against — the room.”






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