So yesterday, after the Christiania adventure it was fly-time to Stockholm
Waking up to a morning wander with Scott for a change to find some coffee for a change. Open fire on the street is not common at home unless there are a bunch of red trucks zooming around it.
Hey, look, water that looks like sound
and as we drive toward the gig we spot an alien space ship
that has landed and most likely is on a mission to abduct and probe the Swedish people for the secrets to making the perfect meatball or perhaps to pick up a few things at Ikea. Oh, wait a minute, that's not a space ship, that is the gig.
**** Little Mini Sound Nerd Speak ****
In order to mix in the dark or more precisely, in order to mix without needing to look at the console, I have set up a few brail like markers. Here you can see from my right hand's point of view that I taped ear plugs on the 'gated toms' and the 'non-gated toms' VCA's. These soft squishy fader nipples allow me to locate them easily. Typically I do not use such distinct markers but the non-gated toms' VCA is in a dangerous spot between my pre-compressor master VCA and post compressor VCA pair. A slip up to either side while dropping the non-gated toms would mean turning off the sound for the entire show or turning off vocals, Kick and Snare, hence the foam plugs. For more on pre/post tom gating, check out Day 181.