Anyone who has ever planned an event, from a kid’s birthday party to a weeklong trade show, knows how much effort goes into it. Trying to coordinate the guests, food, drinks, entertainment, and everything else needed to put on a successful event can be a challenge for even the most seasoned veterans of event planning.
Whether you’re a three-piece punk band playing dive bars or a hugely successful pop artist playing arenas, touring can be a grind. Your schedule is all over the place, weather can wreak havoc on travel, and unforeseen issues at venues often add a layer of stress for the performers and crew. On top of all that, trying to manage all the gear you need to put on a great show can feel like an insurmountable task.
If you ask the average person to define the backline at a concert there is a strong chance they will have no idea what you are referring to. If you’re involved in the music world, however, you know that a good backline is crucial to any live performance. It’s the backbone and the foundation of a great live performance.
Any time you go to a concert, a movie premiere, a business conference, or even a graduation ceremony there is a vast array of audio equipment all working in unison to provide the auditory experience for the event. Larger events will have a team of people making sure everything is running properly. Smaller events might have one or two sound technicians handling the audio gear.
The world of audio and visual is an ever-changing field. Advancements in technology bring on new capabilities while also rendering older processes obsolete. These advancements can happen fast which makes it difficult to keep up with current trends, especially for those who aren’t immersed into the A/V field as a career.