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Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1020
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 10:18 pm:   Edit Post

Just got home from a nephew's wedding. I would like to go on record as favoring a law requiring mobile DJs to be trained & licensed before being allowed to use a graphic EQ. Or hell, train & license soundmen, and outlaw DJs altogether!

Senior Member
Username: mike1762

Post Number: 959
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Sunday, July 17, 2011 - 6:15 am:   Edit Post

I've NEVER liked really loud music. Because I was a rock musician, people assumed I liked it LOUD and would CRANK it whenever I was around. Remember what we used to do to our car stereos in the 80's??? Ouch!!!
Senior Member
Username: glocke

Post Number: 878
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Sunday, July 17, 2011 - 6:43 am:   Edit Post

ditto on the loud music through bad sound systems or by bad sound people.

timely post...just yesterday I went on a road trip with a friend who was trying to carry on a conversation while having his car radio so loud you had to shout to hear each other talk.
Advanced Member
Username: afrobeat_fool

Post Number: 342
Registered: 7-2009
Posted on Sunday, July 17, 2011 - 3:29 pm:   Edit Post

I played a show last night and the sound man blew chunks! My tinitus was still ringing hard this morning. On the other hand my SII was booming loud, may be I was at fault here.

Senior Member
Username: benson_murrensun

Post Number: 478
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 - 11:25 am:   Edit Post

Is there room on the soap box? I saw Bootsy Collins recently; the show was ludicrously loud. I had earplugs in, and even then it was nearly painful. I know "it ain't nuthin' but a party, baby" but, REALLY! (It was a GREAT show other than the excess of db's.)
Senior Member
Username: byoung

Post Number: 1297
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 10:52 pm:   Edit Post

Seriously, the moment you learn a few things about running sound, you'll be forever disappointed.

My favorite two things:

1) soundman has no hearing above 4KHz, so the treble sounds like an icepick being jammed repeatedly into your ear hole.
2) Put subs at either side of the stage, so you're either inundated with bass, or can't hear it (comb filter-o-rama)

Put both of those together, and now you will seek a nice warm bath, and a single edged razor.
Senior Member
Username: benson_murrensun

Post Number: 479
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 8:01 am:   Edit Post

I had a hearing test and the results were that I had about 10db loss in the octave between 2.5khz and 5khz. I was told this was typical of a person who had been exposed to loud music and who rides motorcycles. Guess I would make a good soundman... NOT.
Senior Member
Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 722
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 9:53 am:   Edit Post

Tell that to kids today, using their MP3 players at high volumes, a whole new generation growing up deaf... And playing louder and louder.

A sign of times when people prefer shout out loud and listen less each time
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 2973
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011 - 2:01 am:   Edit Post

Last time I was at a gig where it got too loud was a triple bill in Glasgow a couple of years ago. Joan Jett was perfect, sound level was exactly where it should have been and even though the venue was like an aircraft hanger the levels were pretty even right through the hall. And then came motorhead who got louder for each song (not that surprising I suppose). By the time they were halfway through I'd moved out to the bar - the sound was too much (and I'm not a fan anyway) and was joined by at least a third of the audience. By the time Alice cooper came on my ears had started ringing and I had trouble hearing many of the subtleties of Alice's music Yes - subtleties. There are some incredible songs in the Alice Cooper canon but motorhead spoiled them for me.


p.s. I like loud music. Motorhead are just LOUD - no music involved.

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