FixIt: Raphael "Raf" Alkins

Jul 1, 2007 12:00 PM


Mix Regional

The Mix Regional section for Mix's September 2014 issue focuses on Miami. Send us your studio news: updates, sessions, new rooms, plus club performances and installations. Let the Mix audience know what is going on! Send photos and descriptions to

Monitor and FOH engineer Raphael “Raf” Alkins has more than 25 years' experience under his belt, with credits including The Grammys, Billboard Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Jon Secada, Roberta Flack, Kenny G, Juanes, Hilary Duff and countless others. He is currently out with Ricky Martin.

When mixing IEMs, many new and upcoming mixers tend to just turn things up loud in the ears mix, which can burn the musician and the artist, and, in the end, destroys the FOH mix. Set the artist lead vocal to a normal level with a nice, smooth compression that makes him/her stay on the mic and keep the band mix full and tight, making them work and not hold back. Turn the lead vocal mic down to -10 or -15 dB. As the SPL is reduced in between songs, the limiter in the IEM pack opens up and the lead vocal, which is now the only thing in the mix, is now really loud, which will result in the artist holding back or getting off-mic, which can cause feedback.

Acceptable Use Policy
blog comments powered by Disqus

Mix Books

Modern Recording and Mixing

This 2-DVD set will show you how the best in the music industry set up a studio to make world-class records. Regardless of what gear you are using, the information you'll find here will allow you to take advantage of decades of expert knowledge. Order now $39.95

Mastering Cubase 4

Electronic Musician magazine and Thomson Course Technology PTR have joined forces again to create the second volume in their Personal Studio Series, Mastering Steinberg's Cubase(tm). Edited and produced by the staff of Electronic Musician, this special issue is not only a must-read for users of Cubase(tm) software, but it also delivers essential information for anyone recording/producing music in a personal-studio. Order now $12.95



Delivered straight to your inbox every other week, MixLine takes you straight into the studio, with new product announcements, industry news, upcoming events, recent recording/post projects and much more. Click here to read the latest edition; sign up here.

MixLine Live

Delivered straight to your inbox every other week, MixLine Live takes you on the road with today's hottest tours, new sound reinforcement professional products, recent installs, industry news and much more. Click here to read the latest edition; sign up here.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

The Wire, a virtual press conference offering postings of the latest gear and music news, direct from the source. Visit the The Wire for the latest press postings.