FixIt: Mark Ballard

May 1, 2004 12:00 PM


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During the past couple of years, Mark Ballard has worked as a system tech or at front of house for Kylie Minogue, Travis and Bond. Recently, he was setting up to do some dates with former Spice Girl Mel C. A Mac fan, he's been using SpectraFoo's SpectraGraph, SpectraGram and Transfer Function applications for years.

“I use SpectraFoo in my usual mode to EQ the system and get it tied in together properly. [On a recent corporate gig], I took about three or four frequencies out — just minute slivers. I gained 6 or 8 dB of headroom as compared to doing it with a graphic equalizer. I got better end results without crucifying the audio system. I have it set on continuous resolution so it's very accurate, but you often find engineers who aren't used to looking at that kind of display. For the show, I'll put it into a different set of windows or a different set of resolutions that the engineer can read very easily.”

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