An Evening with John Cooper

Central Indiana – July 18, 2019

Meeting Topic: An Evening with John Cooper

Moderator Name: Michael Petrucci

Speaker Name: John Cooper, freelance FOH mixer for Bruce Springsteen and other noted artists

Other business or activities at the meeting: It was announced that Section elections will commence at this time. Nominations are open and should be submitted to the Secretary. Voting will be done electronically (via special website). Results are expected on/about August 20, 2019.

Meeting Location: ESCO Communications, Indianapolis, IN

Summary

This evening’s guest presenter has been an FOH engineer/mixer for Bruce Springsteen since 2001. He has also worked as FOH engineer/mixer with other numerous other artists, including: John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, and Lionel Richie. 

John talked about his approach and experience in mixing for major, live music performances. Some of the things he highlighted included: 
• Understanding and maintaining the proper gain structure. 
• A result that sounds good/acceptable, not something that reads ideally on a meter. 
• Having appropriate backup equipment and a strategy to deploy, when necessary. 
• Be cautious of level limits with digital consoles. Some people are using analog matrices to do certain mixes in order to work around these issues. 
• Use of delays to achieve some stereo effects from a mono source. 
• Protools can provide a virtual sound check. 
• The teleprompter is a key element in this scale of road show — everyone uses it to know the where they are in the show. There could be as many as 20 displays. Related to this — many shows are automated. 
• The entire stage is on UPS. 
• There is a definite difference in energy level between an afternoon rehearsal and an evening performance. 
• Bass guitar balance (with the rest of the band/orchestra) is a very important consideration. 
• Front fills are important, especially for the performer to be understood. Balance can be tricky and important. 
In regular business, biennial elections for the Section were announced and the process will commence promptly. The value of AES membership was highlighted, including product discounts (Apple, Dell, Sound Particles and Focal Press) plus career resources (profiles, forums, and job board postings from sustaining member companies).

Written By: Barrie Zimmerman, Secretary

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March Meeting Announcement: LEA Professional – A Startup Company with a Deep Heritage in the Pro Audio Industry

Who: Scott Robbins & Brian Pickowitz of LEA Professional
When: Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:00PM
Where:  ESCO Communications – 8940 Vincennes Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46268
RSVP: Use our Eventbrite page

Based in Northern Indiana, a traditional hub of Professional Audio Innovation, LEA Professional is a Pro Audio startup led by Blake Augsburger. Come see Scott Robbins, VP of Sales and Marketing, and Brian Pickowitz, Sr. Director of North American Sales, discuss:

  • Why, how and the challenges of a start-up
  • Product overview, unique features, design elements, etc.
  • Adding IoT and Cloud into Pro Audio products – what does this mean for the installer and end user?

This is sure to be an informative event! Please use the Eventbrite link to let us know you plan to attend. See you there!

April Meeting Announcement

This unique meeting covering the future of voice is approaching fast!

On April 18th at 7pm, Ganesh Gandhieswaran, founder and President of ThickStat, and Gopinath Jaganmohan, co-founder and CTO will present a discussion of the human voice and how it meets and integrates with machine technology.

They will cover the current state of voice and natural language understanding, technologies for machine learning and artificial intelligence, barriers facing this technology (security, for example), and the future job landscape in this field as it applies to audio.

This is sure to be an interesting meeting and is a very relevant topic for those of us who are and will be using the new age voice controlled devices!

Parking information can be found on IU’s Website.

Please RSVP for free on our Eventbrite page (linked here).

April 18 at 7:00PM
IU Bloomington
Musical Arts Center (MAC), Room MC066
101 Jordan Ave
Bloomington, IN 47406