We all love getting new gear! It’s like Christmas morning when you cut the packing tape and dig through the Styrofoam peanuts to find your treasure. Even if you purchase used and the piece is only new to you, having a new tool in your belt is exciting. Organizations are always looking forward and dreaming of expanding their facilities, but since the expansion usually happens so infrequently, mistakes occur that can sometimes be costly. No one wants to do a big upgrade and immediately start planning about what they would change next time.
Much of engineering is making a series of small decisions which when combined improve the project in an obvious way. Things such as high-passing non-bass instruments, de-essing vocals, or removing problem frequencies with subtractive EQ are things that are not always obvious when bypassing one part of the process, but when combined across your entire mix, they transform the final product.
There is that all too familiar low-level frequency resonating in the room. No it’s not Jaws, but it can quickly consume your event and distract your audience. One trick that I use on any console I am engineering is to bring my In-ear monitors and set-up a dummy fader so I can set my sights on that weaving dorsal fin.