DISCLAIMER: IT'S LIVE - DON'T TOTALLY STRESS OUT ABOUT BLEED
In a live situation, you are going to have bleed. This is the nature of the beast, and is actually one of the most glorious things about a live gig. This is not something to be frustrated or scared about, but to be celebrated.
Now with that in mind - read on:
THINK ABOUT BEING INTENTIONAL
There are several ways to tighten & clean up a live mix. In part 1 of this series, we will be exploring effective stage plotting.
Check this out (what do you notice):
Drum overheads have minimum bleed because they are behind the band.
Guitar amps are in front of the drums and are (for the most part) mic'd with super cardioids.
Keys and the Leslie are behind the guitar amps and not directly in front of the drums.
Monitors shooting in the nulls of the vocal microphones.
Notice the sound absorption between the lead guitarist's amp and the keys area.
Here's another example:
What do you notice about the instrument amplifiers?
Notice the position of the performers in relation to each type of instrument.
FIND THE BALANCE BETWEEN A CLEAN MIX,
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