What are: live music or playback?


This article focuses on the live performances of musicians and the above, to which they are going to deliver to the listener maximum pleasure from the concert and...possible to cheat it.

this Article is oriented to people not versed in live sound and aims to help them understand the process of live performances.

In the last article we wrote, how is the sound at concerts and by what principle to build the sound. Here we learn how the performing artists at concerts. For clarity I will show the model performances in a list algorithm:

1. Performance track

Sound check is missing or short. A musician or band goes on stage. In the hands of the musicians, the instruments, the vocalist microphone. The equipment on the stage - the dummy, used only for pictures. Sound is behind the Desk and plays a key role in the performance artist, as his mistake could cost the reputation of the artist. In this speech, his task is in time to turn on and off the track.

On the stage are only monitors so the musicians hear the sound and fall movements to the music. The musicians pretend to play, the singer portrays the singing, but the sounds they produce.

Here everything is clear: the audience hear the sound and see how the musicians play, is really more of a show than a concert. Cheating on your face. I think a quarter of those present at the concert know they cheat, but cheating is beautiful. Therefore, these actors mostly have their audience.

2. Performance under full plus

Sound check is missing or short. An artist / band goes on stage. In the hands of the musicians, the instruments, the vocalist microphone. Sound includes music and mixes to the signal of the phonogram the sound of instruments and voices.

On the stage of the works all the equipment is a monitor line of guitar and bass amplifiers, a drum kit, all the equipment sounded. The musicians do play, the vocalist sings. But they play on top of the same track. That is, repeating what was recorded in the Studio, only doing it live.

As such deception is not called, but still present. Such performances are common at the present time, as the sound quality is significantly enhanced in comparison with live performance, and the cost and speed of the sound settings down. Convenience and benefits from these statements are visible to the naked eye.

3. Live sound

the Concert is preceded by a long sound check. The musicians are in place long before the performance, tuning of instruments and voices. After the start of the concert, the sound engineer fully performs its function in contrast to the preceding paragraphs. In this speech, the sound comes from the stage so we rely only on the sound which was set to sound check.

this complexity of live sound in contrast to the performances with the substrate and the phonograms. You can't hide behind a recording, the listener only gets what is in the here and now. But that's the thrill of a live performance. Musicians although and play the same thing, but each time not like the previous one, there is a moment of improvisation.

and the listener gets his own enjoyment as he hears not created in the Studio once, and the sound, performance and emotion of the musician born in front of him and he becomes a witness to this.

4. Performance under minus

the Performance disadvantage can be divided into two categories:

  • In the first algorithm is similar to the last. Only in the live sound mixed into the recording that makes the sound. It sound substrate, effects, backing vocals, instruments which are not present or cannot be present on the stage. This is not the soundtrack because it's all played live, and record only decorates the statement.
  • the second artist, whether vocalist or instrumentalist, performs live his own party, and the backdrop for the sound recording (minus one) on which he plays. Sometimes you can find live performance at minus soloist, and musicians standing in the form of decorations depicting the design of this drawback.

other kinds of performances are an interpretation of the above or their partial mixing.

of Course, each performer chooses how to act. It all depends on the funds invested in the speech and the subsequent recoil, the skill of the artist, from the technical equipment of courts, from the reputation of the performer and his abilities.

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