As the FOH mixer for acts such as Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, JohnMellencamp and Sheryl Crow, Dave Eisenhauer knows about dealing withnoise levels created by cheering fans. We caught up with him as he wassetting up the mix position on the 50-yard line at Giants stadium forthe last two dates of Bon Jovi's Bounce tour.
“Many venues — particularly sheds and open-air shows— can sound reasonable if you keep the volume down. Many youngerFOH engineers mix too loud, trying to blow the place down. I like tomix at about 102 dBA, leaving plenty of headroom. So what do you dowhen the screaming fans put the level at 110 dBA — evenin-between songs? One thing to do in such cases is to bump the level ofthe first song way up and then bring it down, which gives the audiencean impact up front, and then gives them a chance to settle down.Another thing is to keep the bass in perspective, with a balanced ratioof lows/mids/highs. I try to tune the P.A. so it sounds like Genelecsin a studio, and a lot of the newer venues can actually sound good ifyou keep volumes reasonable and work with — rather than against— the room.”