Live Sound

FixIt: Thomas McNabb

Thomas McNabb, FOH for Mae, is a one-man engineering show for this tour, as there is no monitor engineer. (The band handles monitoring duties.) Mae is 1/01/2006 7:00 AM Eastern

Thomas McNabb, FOH for Mae, is a one-man engineering show for this tour, as there is no monitor engineer. (The band handles monitoring duties.) Mae is playing small clubs and theaters through March.

When using two kick drum mics, the two signals are less than 180 degrees out-of-phase. Lining up the two signals can have a drastic effect on the kick drum's tone and sound. Finding devices to accomplish this can be hard, but there are a number of solutions. A delay unit adjusted down to a few microseconds will suffice, as will phase-alignment units. Lastly, software plug-ins are available, whether it uses a sample delay or a phase-alignment tool.