February 26, 2010

Market Mall Cake Competition

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , , — Kristoffer Benoit @ 12:13 am

Ronald McDonald House provides affordable housing to families whose children are being treated in Calgary hospitals and 2010 is Ronald McDonald House® Southern Alberta’s 25th Anniversary!

Calgary sound rentals is pleased to be providing a PA system for a Cake Competition in support of this anniversary on Tuesday, March 16th until Sunday, March 21st, 2010.
Cakes will be displayed at Market Mall and the public will have the opportunity to vote on their favourite cake
until 7:00pm on Friday, March 19th.

On Saturday, March 20th, teams of celebrities will judge the cakes and award the winning teams with
placement ribbons and Best Overall Cake Award.
Votes from the general public will be tabulated and the People’s Choice Award will also be announced on
March 20th.

Unfortunately competitors are by invitation only. Luckily each team is encouraged to hand out samples of cake to the public during judging on
Saturday, March 20th.

For more information, please contact Marla Cohen at 403-240-3000 ext. 128 or By Email.

February 23, 2010

tricks and tips

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Kristoffer Benoit @ 9:50 pm

Here’s one for all you budding sound techs! Y cables
(one female xlr to 2 xlr male adapters) can be used when doing monitors for singers. They will allow you to run two separate channels from the snake head to your mixer at foh. You can use one channel for your main house mix and one for your singers monitor mix. Then you can tweak the monitor mix on it’s own eq and not mess with your house mix. This is helpful when the artist needs a lot of vocal in their mix and feedback starts to occur. Just dial out what ever is feeding back in the wedges and you can still have your house mix of straight up crispy clean vocals. There are a million apps for the y cable and it is probably the most useful investment you can put in your tool box.

Front of house mixing styles and recorded music production

Filed under: Mixing — Tags: , , , — Kristoffer Benoit @ 8:58 am

While mixing in the presence of my business partner Amos Bradley at a recent event in Calgary I noticed some discrepancy in our taste of kick frequencies. This got me thinking about the production taste of the engineer in the mixing process.

Amos prefers to have a lot of low end presence in his mix and to keep the highs under control by smoothing out frequencies above 5kHz.
I tend to enjoy a punchier low end with crispy attack in the mid-high frequencies.

This taste seems to be carried over from the music production that we enjoy. Amos listens to a lot more dub and reggae than I do which tends to be a little more rich in the lows. I am used to listening to rock music which has a lot of attack in the mid highs and consists of a punchier kick and snare.
The production from one mix to the next is so consistent that ones ears start to gain a taste for a certain style of production. I could argue that my cd collection consists mostly of the same style of production. It is not only the talent of the musicians but the way it is presented.

Now when people require a mixing engineer for their Calgary sound related events I can affix an mixer that will suit the style of their music more efficiently.

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