I’m mostly a composer and musician, my experience in recording and mixing comes from sessions I’ve recorded on or produced… I’m literate regarding audio recording and know enough to mix a living room recording for a demo, to give you an idea of my skill level. I would like advice from actual audio engineers, or more experienced people.
I am doing a dance project where we play the music live (all acoustic quintet, mic’d), and have recordings of spoken word which are played back during the show. I have been fairly unsuccessful in having the voices play back sounding good. One problem is we perform in different spaces, so the mix I get in my home studio which sounds okay no longer sounds good in the venues. I am subject to the work of the sound man at the venue also. We perform in auditoriums mostly with 100 to 400 seats.
Initially I think what is needed is
- remix/master the recordings with neutral EQ (I had tried increasing 400 hz to 1200 hz for some recordings that play while there is music performed simultaneously, but it was not as effective as I thought it would be.)
- Do a better sound check with just the recordings, followed by spot checks of where the recordings and live music are played together.
It seems to me that there might be some rules of thumb I’m not aware of, and I’m not really sure what questions to ask specifically. I’m hoping to open a conversation about it here and learn as I go along.
Thanks for looking,