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  • Paulo1
    Triber
    2019-10-04

    unnamed.pngIntroducing Tannoy Gold Monitors

    Many of the world's greatest hits have been recorded and mixed using Tannoys. 

    The long and storied legacy of Tannoy's studio monitors have endured the test of time and adapted with the evolution of technology.

    Dual Concentric: The heart of Gold
    Today Tannoy is introducing the Tannoy Gold series, the next generation of premium nearfield monitors.

    Engineered to the highest standards and build quality, the Gold series are designed to provide the most powerful, accurate and uncolored representation of your music.

    Whether you're a seasoned Tannoy user or just taking your first step into a monitor system based on the legendary Dual Concentric driver, the Golds are your new best sonic friend and most trusted reference for any project.

     

    Key features
    • Precise and neutral soundstage
    • Dual Concentric driver technology
    • Front-firing bass port
    • Titanium tweeter with Tulip waveguide
    • Class-AB system
    • Transducer-matched LF and HF bi-amplification
    • Dedicated input trim, bass and treble controls
    • Selectable automatic standby mode

     

    Tannoy - The Voice Of The Artist

    To find out more about Tannoy please visit: www.tannoy.com

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  • rovi-mortell
    Community Manager
    2019-08-29

    Behringer is now number 1.

    We’re very proud and humbled to announce that Behringer is now officially Europe’s number 1 brand (Thomann ranking).

    We’ve just overtaken Yamaha!

     

    Facts and Figures from Thomann.deFacts and Figures from Thomann.de

     

    Wow, what an achievement and perfect timing as Behringer is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year (founded 1989).

    All credit goes to you our loyal Customers who have supported us in all these years.

    We simply cannot thank you enough!

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  • NSomerville
    Triber
    2019-08-13

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    COLLECTIVE GAINS: Frogs On Tour

    While most live sound engineers operate as completely solo entities, these French sound engineers are pooling their contacts, experience and workloads into a collective, which has seen them rapidly become some of the most in-demand professionals in the European Heavy Metal scene. We caught up with founding member Camille Bechet to discuss Frogs On Tour’s  journey and why Midas has and will, be with them every step of the way.

     

    Please tell us about Frogs On Tour, what is it you do and how did you form?

     

    Hi!  So, frogs on tour is a live crew collective from France.

    We're 4 guys:  Tim Bickford , Chris Edritch , Capsule ( our latest member, we're expanding at the moment and more people are going to join soon ) and myself Camille Bechet. We're sound / light engineers who work mostly in the live sound industry, more precisely in the metal / rock music genre, we’ve all known each other for some time now as it is a very small world and have all been working for the same bands at some point. The reason we started Frogs is that the 3 of us reached a point where we were not able to cover the tour offers we were getting and at the same time had holes in our schedules. By "mutualising" our client pool it allows us to organize our schedule way more easily and, most importantly to turn down as few tour offers as possible. It’s also comforting when you can't do a tour with a band you're used to working with, knowing that the person that's going to cover knows his job and is a nice guy to have on tour.

     

    What tours have you been on so far in 2019 and what do you have scheduled for the rest of the year?

     

    Since the start of the year I did a 6 week EU/UK tour with “Palaye Royale” as FOH in January, then jumped on the “Impericon festivals” with “Being As An Ocean” for Mons and then went to Asia for a month with Betraying The Martyrs as FOH engineer , I'm now on the festival run of this summer that will be with Palaye Royale then a death metal band named “Dying Fetus” and probably another tour in August. I also filled in as FOH for one of Chris's band, “Leprous”, and I will cover monitors for 2 shows in august for the new universal project “SKALD”. For the fall I’ve got two headliners tour that haven't been announced yet so I can't really talk about those.


    the bands we work with know that whichever member of the collective is going to work for them is gonna be professional and give them their money’s worth.”

     

    What are the advantages of being in a collective?

     

    There are multiple advantages and I can really feel a difference in my overall satisfaction with how things are run since we started this.

    One of the first thing is consistency, we all know and trust each other, we speak the same technical and musical language so we're really on the same page and the bands we work with know that whichever member of the collective is going to work for them is gonna be professional and give them their moneys worth. Bands know that even if they work with a different person from the collective than their " main " technician, there will be communication and work in advance between us to make the transition as smooth as possible so they don't feel like starting from scratch with someone new.

    Being able to rely / trust other people in this job is something very comforting.

    On a communication level it's also more powerful, it feels more legitimate to build good relationships with Brands as a collective than just as a single person.

     

    How do you market yourselves as a collective?

     

    As we can! None of us are really focused on marketing to begin with. We don't really market ourselves, each of us have their own customers and we're "pooling" the tour offers we get so that we're all as busy as possible. We're experimenting, seeing what works and what doesn't.

    There is an adrenaline kick in live mixing that I absolutely love.“

     

    Who or what inspired you to become a sound engineer? Please talk us through your career progression.

     

    I think like most sound engineers I started as a musician , I fell in love with music as a teenager and I really wanted to make a living out of it so I went to an audio school because I didn’t trust my music skills at that time! I went to the INFA in Paris (https://www.infa-formation.com/) when I was 19 and did a 2-year audio course that was also an apprenticeship so I started working in a PA company at the same time. I was more interested in studio engineering at first but then I fell in love with live music mixing. I then worked for 5 years in the Paris area for events and live shows as a freelancer until I met a metal band from Paris named “As They Burn” that needed a FoH for their European tour at the time. After that I kept getting more tours and I progressively switched to touring full time over a few years.

     

    Live sound is certainly a more pressured environment when compared to studio engineering, with no opportunity for a second take, do you feel that you thrive on the pressure?

     

    It definitely is and I think that is something I actually like, I realised when studying that sitting in a studio listening to the same song for hours wasn't for me at all. There is an adrenaline kick in live mixing that I absolutely love. Pressure is not something that paralyzes me, I think I can say I actually enjoy working in a pressured / stressful context it makes the job more "rewarding" in the end.

     

    Do you have any tips for aspiring Live Sound engineers on how to deal with the added pressure that live sound brings?

     

    The most important advice I think is to be 100% comfortable on a technical level. If you know all your signal flows and all the processing, you're doing from the source to the PA then whatever issue you're going through you'll be able to handle. Being organized and in control is the way I deal with the pressure that you encounter live. If you're not comfortable with your patch or the sound board you use and you start having issues that’s when it can turn into a nightmare. Always try to get all the "unknown" factors out of the way and be as prepared as you can. If I’m not touring my own mixing desk I always build a show file as solid as I can before the actual events and get in touch with the house technicians to be aware of all the factors that I am going to have to deal with once at the venue. Put simply; I think preparation is key.

    I'd rather have the same mixing desk everyday than have different boards and having to work between different show files all the time.”

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    Which do you prefer FoH or monitors and why?

     

    I think I prefer FoH over Monitors. Both jobs have their positives, when doing monitors I love the proximity with the artists and the sources that you get, but at FoH I feel more involved "musically" in the show which is the part I really love.

    on festivals I honestly couldn't go back to using house boards in a 20 minutes for line checks situation”

     

    We saw in your recent promotional video that you have been using the Midas M32 on recent tours – why was the M32 your console of choice and in what capacity have you been using it?

     

    We purchased an M32+DL32 in December because we really think that consistency is a very important factor in live audio. I'd rather have the same mixing desk everyday than have different boards and having to work between different show files all the time. Working the same show everyday allows me to get much deeper and add finesse into the mix, rather than having to build from scratch every day. Even for the artist; consistency allows for way faster and more efficient soundchecks and that is something that is really appreciated, as we usually do monitors from FOH. On club tours they get the same mix every day, that sounds pretty obvious but it really makes a difference. And on festivals I honestly couldn't go back to using house boards in a 20 minutes for line checks situation, I feel like I can offer a good mix and not just be fighting with the clock and doing my mix on the first song. We wanted a board that sounded good, that was reliable and that we actually enjoyed using and were familiar with and the M32 seemed to be the best choice. The moderate size and weight also allows us to pack it in any trailer we encounter and to move it easily which is an important point for us as we often deal with difficult load-in situations and small FoH booths. After 6 month of touring with it, we're 100% happy with and are now already thinking of upgrading our tour kit with more Midas products.

     

    What was your first experience engineering with Midas Consoles products and what were your first impressions?

     

    I have a very clear memory of my first Midas experience, that’s the day I started my apprenticeship in France. The PA company I was working for had a Midas Sienna 480 and when I saw it I was just like “wow , what is this huge beast " but at this time I was absolutely green and didn’t really have an ear or an appreciation for audio gear like I do now. I then encountered Midas boards on the road, I've always been a huge fan of the H3000 and even know when I run into one I sometime use it over my touring board, it’s one of the few exceptions I will make! My first real touring experience with Midas was Warped Tour 2016, the festival was touring Pro2 on both the stages I mixed (I was working for two artists for this event; “The Word Alive” and “I See Stars”) and I fell in love with the sound of the board. I learned on analogue and I loved the layout and ergonomics, they are just so logical for me.

     

    Do frogs On Tour members have any standard/shared working configurations or methods?

     

    We don’t really have any solid "Protocols" but by working regularly together we tend to organize ourselves in the same way. It also depends on the band and the configuration we're touring. For example with “Being As An Ocean” where Tim is on FoH and I'm on Mons we do have a standard Day / Task organisation that just fell into place naturally after a few shows. One thing I really enjoy when it comes to touring with the same people is that I see ways of working I wouldn't have thought of by myself and I think we take the best in the other people’s work flow to improve our own. I can definitely say that I have learned a lot since we started the collective but it is still all very fresh , we had the idea less than 2 years ago and have been actively touring together for less than a year so we all feel that there is still a lot of room for improvement.

     

    Do Frogs On Tour members ever share M32 show files?

    Yes we do! We also build our files together when we're on the same tour.

     

    This must be very helpful in the sense that if one of you cannot make an event that another member can cover you, simply open up your show files and be good to go?

    More or Less! Personally, I know I really like to have the board configured my way so I'm not a fan of starting from someone else's show as I don’t feel I have as much "control", but for example I covered one of Chris' bands the other day and I used his scene as a comparative to build mine, I also imported via libraries some of his settings! At the end I had a board built in my "way" with most of Chris’ mix on it.

    being able to have different eq/comp settings is just a lifesaver for small tours”

     

    You recently worked on a sold out 11,000 capacity show and in your words you “pushed the capacity of the M32 to its limits” Please tell us more about this show, your stage inputs and set up etc

     

    So this was during the Impericon Festivals with “Being As An Ocean”. We had an M32 with 20ish channels from stage and monitors with wedges and in ears to run. Initially we were going to go with the M32 for FoH and house boards for monitors, but at pre-production we tried splitting some channels to have separate FoH and Monitors channel and running the wedges and in ears from the DL32 that were on stage. We had 3 cat 5 lines running (A, B, and the wifi router) this way we had the router on stage and then handled monitors with a Computer and an iPad controlling the same board that was used for FoH. We gave it a try and it was flawless! So we used this configuration on the whole run. As we were touring with our own in-ear kit, I only had to get the Amps line from the outputs of the DL32 every day and to tune the wedges and we had our show ready to go! That made the whole tour a lot easier for monitors, the mixes where the same everyday, we were able to virtual soundcheck both FoH and monitors, it wasn't the first festival tour with this band and they definitely noticed a big improvement sound wise. It was much more comfortable than having to build 4 wedges mixes and 4 in ear mixes during a 20/30 minute changeover with a different board every day, so a better result and less stress every day! At the end of the day, between the inputs channels, split channels, outputs for FoH and outputs for monitors, FX rack for the FoH mix, monitors and talkback channels we used pretty much every channel / output / FX slot on the board and every physical input / output on the DL32!

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    What is your favourite effect on the M32?

    Definitely the Ultimo comp, if I have to keep one thing on all my shows it’s one of those on the drum group.

     

    Do you have any pro tricks or tips that you can share?

     

    For the setup I was talking about, splitting channels between FoH and Mons if they're both handled by the same board and tech, being able to have different eq/comp settings is just a lifesaver for small tours that can't afford to have two different boards/engineers it's a game changer and it's so easy to do with Midas Consoles boards.


     “I started on analogue boards and the quality and flexibility of last generation digital soundboards gave us a level of control and precision that is now insane. “

     

    What is the most important non-audio equipment item that you need when on tour?

    My Leatherman multi-tool! Saved the day so many times.

     

    What do you feel is biggest advancement in Live Sound technology during your career – what helps your day to day work the most?

    I started on analogue boards and the quality and flexibility of last generation digital soundboards gave us a level of control and precision that is now insane. Virtual soundchecks, integrated effects emulations (like the ultimo comp and transient designers on the M32) and digital routing options are for me the most powerful innovations since I started working.

    Dealing with the unexpected…. it plays on every level on a human or technical context.“

     

    Where would you like to see the next technological advancement?

     

    It's hard to say, different brands are pushing in different directions and everything is pretty interesting! I'd say more cross compatibility in the stage box / boards systems! Being able to use any stage box/board combination would be pretty amazing but I don’t think it will ever happen. I've always been super reticent to bring a computer in my audio chain for stability issues so a board with a lot of "in the box" plug-ins and a flexible insert setup would definitely be very appealing to me as I really don’t want to bring waves via Soundgrid or integration, but I love using plug-ins.

     

    What is the most challenging part of your work as a touring sound engineer?

     

    Dealing with the unexpected. Working in different places with different gear and different people, there is always something unexpected happening and managing those events are a huge part of our job, being flexible and adaptable is critical when it comes to that. That can go from a piece of gear breaking last minute, an issue with the bus or the plane that leads to you arriving just before the show, communications issue with the local crew, it plays on every level on a human or technical context.

     

    What has been the most challenging gig that you have worked on and why (you don’t have to name names)?

    I've been touring most of my career with metal acts and when I started working with “Palaye Royale” which is a more rock / retro sounding band I had to "re-learn" everything I knew about sound since all my mental reflexes weren't working anymore. The sources, the actual mix, having a loud stage volume forced me to totally change my approach. That was challenging but also a very rich experience and I think working with different kind of music is very important to keep an open mind about mixing.


    Check Out Frogs On Tour In Action

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    Find out more about Frogs On Tour by following them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frogsontour/

     

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  • jcsy
    Community Manager
    2019-07-10

    Hello everyone!

     

    Here are some more updates and fixes to the Music Tribe Website. Check them out below.

     
    Discussions Pages
    Users will now be able to see a that a question has been solved from the Discussion Page.
     
    Archives
    All old posts will now be located here
     
    Bug Fixes
    - Start a Topic button now working properly
    - All photos now properly displaying in Discussion Pages
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    • jcsy
      CKa

      I do ot know whether this is the right place to do so, but i have a suggestion for this website :

      I think it would be nice to show in small print, the date of new thread's on the lists of thread;'s withinn a topic, so that it becaomes vissible how old a thread is ..

      • July 16, 2019
  • Kevin
    Community Manager
    2019-06-26

    Hello everyone!

     

    We’re releasing yet another batch of updates and fixes to the Music Tribe Website. Check them out below.

     

    Win Page Updates

    Updated the overall look and feel of the Win page and its subpages. We’ll be having exciting contests very soon!

     

    Bug Fixes

    • Search box in the home page is now working properly
    • Users can now use the “Go To Page” function in Brand Discussions
    • Search box in mobile no longer goes out of bounds
    • Fixed the issue where Course and Vlog authors cannot cancel  the creation of a course/vlog
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  • Kevin
    Community Manager
    2019-06-11

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    Supplier Day 18th of June 2019. Customer Obsession Relentless and Consistent.

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  • Kevin
    Community Manager
    2019-06-11

    Hi everybody!

     

    Today, we’re rolling out more updates and fixes to the Music Tribe Website this Monday June 17, 2019. Check them out below.

     

     

    Updates

     

    A Moderator Link has been added in the Discover menu 

    Moderators can now access the “Moderator” page via the Discover menu in the header.

     

    Closed Customer Tribes now open 

    Users can now post in previously closed Customer Tribes.

     

    Support Page brand links updated

    Previously broken links to brand-specific support pages have been updated.

     

    Learn Page updated

    Tabs have now been added to the Learn landing page.

     

     

    Bug Fixes

     

    Customer Tribe

    • View counter is now working properly
    • Clicking on “Participated Post” or “My Posts” when not logged in will now request for a user’s log in

    News Page

    • Several layout fixes
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    • Kevin
      PetGerbil

      Smiley Indifferent

      Hey everyone! The view counter is now working !!

      everyone ?...hello?...oh that's right,everyones gone...

      • June 11, 2019
    • Kevin
      TC-Mike

      Thx for the infos Kevin.

      it is now also possible to attach .PDF files to posts.

      Any chance to try a beta version, so you can get feedback prior to rolling out the updates? 

      I really miss the subtribes in the "musician" tribe, which is now a big pile with everything from Tannoy speakers, to mixers , synthesizers, etc all across the different brands , which makes it hard for our users  discover content. i can work around with the search function (which works quite good) and partly also tags, but new users might get frustrated . IMO we should expand  view filter to restrict the content either by brand (without being redirected to the brand tribes) or product type  . the current view filter options   "my posts, post i participated " don't really help to restrict relevant content and i can see all my participated posts view my profile view too. 

      • June 13, 2019
    • Kevin
      TC-Mike

      "A Moderator Link has been added in the Discover menu 


      Moderators can now access the “Moderator” page via the Discover menu in the header."


      has this feature been discarded ?  - can't find a moderator section under "Discover" menu?


      moderator not available under discover.PNG

      • June 16, 2019
    • Kevin
      Kevin

      Hi @TC-Mike 

      Can you please do hard refresh?

      Thanks

      • June 16, 2019
    • Kevin
      TC-Mike

      thx kevin, it is available now: 

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      • June 16, 2019
  • Kevin
    Community Manager
    2019-05-28

    Good news everyone, today we’re happy to announce another batch of updates to the Music Tribe Website that will be rolling out this Thursday, May 30, 2019

     

    This release includes a lot of improvements to the UI and the Customer Tribes

     

    Community Tribes Changes

    • Updated side bar in Customer Tribes including a search bar, filters and tags
    • Updated mobile experience
    • Removed sub-categories under all Customer Tribes. Topics and categories can now be searched directly within a Customer Tribe
    • Added a List View feature to be able to easily scroll through posts
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    • Kevin
      PetGerbil

      newposts=a
          search a
              if a="TCGROUP" or "NEWS" or "DISCUSSION" then display a
              else display "No New Posts-displaying old posts"
      end

      Smiley Happy

       

      • May 31, 2019
    • Kevin
      Kevin

      Hi @PetGerbil 

      Search inside a "board" will only return topics under that "board". Please use the search bar on the top right side to search for whole community content. Smiley Happy

      • June 2, 2019
    • Kevin
      PetGerbil

      Meh...

      "I would like to buy some shoes my good man"

      "certainly sir, we have a wide range. Have a browse of our big box 'o'shoes. All sizes and styles in one box."

      "Can i look at just the mens shoes in size 10 ?"

      "No,but you can look in the Womens shoes,siz 6,high heels and coloured yellow section of the big 'ol' box o' shoes."

       

      Just a TC-Group "New posts" button. Is that too much to ask ?

      Not,

      Tc-Helicon->Vocal-processors->Vocal processors coloured silver->vocal processors that are silver and have midi - but are not used specifically in a live environment->Vocal processors that........  "New Posts"

       

      The new post button is too far down the heirachy. It needs to be on the "Parent" group..

       

      • June 3, 2019
    • Kevin
      Kevin

      Hi @PetGerbil thanks for your feedback. Will discuss this with the team.

      • June 5, 2019
  • Kevin
    Community Manager
    2019-05-16
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    We are happy to announce that we have rolled out the first phase of our Music Tribe Community restructuring.

     

    With this, we introduce to you the Brand Tribes, which contains the "Boards" for our different Brands and their categories. You may now start using these "Boards" for your brand and product specific discussions.

    This is only the first step of the restructuring of our Community and you should expect continuous improvements and changes in the next few weeks.
     
    We hope you bear with us throughout this process and provide feedback or report issues on our Suggestions page.
     
    You might need to clear out your cache or hard refresh your browser for the changes to reflect on your end.
     
    Thank you!
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