[Perform-talk] Talent Show?

Brett Boyer bboyer202 at gmail.com
Fri Apr 29 20:37:35 UTC 2011

Hi! Here is a great message! Kevin that was great.
Brett Boyer
Audio Production and voice over
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kevin Reeves" <lists at kevinreeves.net>
To: "Performing Arts Division list" <perform-talk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2011 12:31 AM
Subject: Re: [Perform-talk] Talent Show?

> Hey everyone. I think what has happened here in this discussion is the 
> comparison of apples and oranges. Complaints have arisen about the 
> recording quality of the show. Dennis strictly stated several times that 
> the division is not responsible for the recordings, therefore do not 
> endorse their quality. So with that said, that side of the discussion 
> should be put to bed. Next year, let's work towards getting a better 
> recording. Folks have stud up and offered their resources in this regard. 
> Done, and done. But the other side of this discussion is the on stage 
> sound. That is the responsibility of the division. They sponsor the event, 
> they choose sound engineers, who intern choose the equipment used. The 
> goal is to raise money for the division. If we're gonna do that, it's got 
> to be good. I suggested earlier this week that we should look in the 
> orlando area for folks willing to donate time or equipment for a non 
> profit fund raiser, or try to get underwriters to rent equipment. If we 
> were any other division, such as the napub folks or the national 
> association of blind basket weavers who wanted to put on a fun talent 
> show, then who cares about the sound. Let's just have fun. But, we just so 
> happen to be the performing arts division: the very organization expected 
> to have it's ducks in a row when it comes to staging, sound, and even, 
> wait for it, gulp, lighting. So now, fortunately or unfortunately, however 
> you chose to look at it, the task falls squarely in our lap to put on a 
> show that really looks and sounds great. Why? Because this is the world in 
> which we live. Let me be very plain that I am not, nor have I from the 
> beginning, been complaining about the state of things when it came to last 
> year. I told you exactly what I thought from a professional perspective. 
> So, in short, I propose the following. Might we form a committee of folks 
> interested in helping procure sound for the talent show. If we start now, 
> we might be able to find something worthwhile. If we are able to find a 
> reasonable price for rental, then maybe we can present it to National. We 
> don't have to go all out this year. It needs to build. But I do know that 
> we definitely need a 12 to 16 channel board, 2 stage monitors, at least 3 
> mics, 1 on boom for piano or keyboard, 2 speaker clusters, 1 for each side 
> of the stage, at least 1 sub, and enough wattage to fill the room. Once we 
> know exactly what room the event will be in, I'll call the hotel, talk to 
> their AV guy, find out what kinds of systems they've seen in there, and 
> start gettin bids. If a store or company were to donate time for the 
> event, they can receive a tax writeoff for it. It's great incentive. 
> However, if we can get someone, or a group of someones to underwrite the 
> rental, let's do it. I'll bring in an 8 channel interface, a mac, and Pro 
> Tools and capture the whole thing as multitrack. I'll mix it, and upload 
> it to the site. Then, the whole thing will be done in house, direct from 
> the board, all separate tracks. That is as clear cut as I can make it. Is 
> this something that the division is interested in putting together? 
> Instead of bemoaning this, let's start owning this. We've got time. You're 
> thoughts?
> Kevin
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