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  posted on 7/17/2008 at 10:29 AM
i just borrowed this pick from Eric because it's something I've been wondering about. I've noticed, especially at smaller venues, sometimes the drummers are behind plexi-glass. Why is this?

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  posted on 7/17/2008 at 10:32 AM
The real question is why are the other performers in front of the plexi-glass.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2008 at 10:33 AM
I believe it's to control the volume of the drums in the mix more easily. The drums are still miked, but the natural drum volume heard by the audience is muted by the plexiglass.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2008 at 10:36 AM
Why to keep the drool off of the guitar players backs of course!

 

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  posted on 7/17/2008 at 10:36 AM
Some bars use chicken wire..................

 

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  posted on 7/17/2008 at 10:39 AM
Cinder blocks weigh too much.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2008 at 10:42 AM
Cause guitar players learned how to duck.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2008 at 10:46 AM
Last year I noticed Gregg behind a plexiglass shield. I wondered why. To keep wild women off him?

 

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  posted on 7/17/2008 at 10:50 AM
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Last year I noticed Gregg behind a plexiglass shield. I wondered why. To keep wild women off him?

Jam was at that show and it was 3 layers of laminated poly-carbonate not plexi-glass besides having a Kevlar vest on.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2008 at 10:52 AM
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Last year I noticed Gregg behind a plexiglass shield. I wondered why. To keep wild women off him?



 

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  posted on 7/17/2008 at 10:53 AM
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I believe it's to control the volume of the drums in the mix more easily. The drums are still miked, but the natural drum volume heard by the audience is muted by the plexiglass.


this sounds right

 

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Last year I noticed Gregg behind a plexiglass shield. I wondered why. To keep wild women off him?





Sh*t, that wouldn't stop Mitzi.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2008 at 10:57 AM
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Last year I noticed Gregg behind a plexiglass shield. I wondered why. To keep wild women off him?





Sh*t, that wouldn't stop Mitzi.


Maybe it's to keep angry husbands/boyfriends off of him. hehehe

 

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  posted on 7/17/2008 at 10:59 AM
quack, quack...

 

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  posted on 7/17/2008 at 11:00 AM
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I believe it's to control the volume of the drums in the mix more easily. The drums are still miked, but the natural drum volume heard by the audience is muted by the plexiglass.


It's not for the audience hearing them, it's to control sound bleed into other live mics on stage and to help the other musicians to hear their respective instrument better. If stage volume is too loud, it screws everything up.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2008 at 11:02 AM
Yes it is for monitoring purposes. But I'm sure it comes in handy for angry crowds during those long drum solos. hehehe
 

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  posted on 7/17/2008 at 11:06 AM
Maybe Gregg should be put behind an electric fence. That will stop you Mitzi!

 

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  posted on 7/17/2008 at 11:08 AM
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Maybe Gregg should be put behind an electric fence. That will stop you Mitzi!


All I would have is a new hairstyle...and some burns. Still wouldn't stop me!

 

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  posted on 7/17/2008 at 11:48 AM
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I believe it's to control the volume of the drums in the mix more easily. The drums are still miked, but the natural drum volume heard by the audience is muted by the plexiglass.


It's not for the audience hearing them, it's to control sound bleed into other live mics on stage and to help the other musicians to hear their respective instrument better. If stage volume is too loud, it screws everything up.


True but it does involve what the audience hears. Such as in a smaller hall or room. This prevents people from up front to hear only drums. Also because the sound does not bleed into the mics of other instruments, the clarity of each instrument in the mix is better.

It is definitely about stage volume. It prevents others from constantly turning louder to hear themselves. This is a major fault of many acts from garage bands to stadium rockers.


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I believe it's to control the volume of the drums in the mix more easily. The drums are still miked, but the natural drum volume heard by the audience is muted by the plexiglass.



Also true and obviously part of the other response.

Some people support these shields and others don't. Some feel that it only makes the drummer hit harder.

Originally we always used them when it involved string sections or other acoustic instuments.

 

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I believe it's to control the volume of the drums in the mix more easily. The drums are still miked, but the natural drum volume heard by the audience is muted by the plexiglass.


It's not for the audience hearing them, it's to control sound bleed into other live mics on stage and to help the other musicians to hear their respective instrument better. If stage volume is too loud, it screws everything up.


True but it does involve what the audience hears. Such as in a smaller hall or room. This prevents people from up front to hear only drums. Also because the sound does not bleed into the mics of other instruments, the clarity of each instrument in the mix is better.

It is definitely about stage volume. It prevents others from constantly turning louder to hear themselves. This is a major fault of many acts from garage bands to stadium rockers.


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I believe it's to control the volume of the drums in the mix more easily. The drums are still miked, but the natural drum volume heard by the audience is muted by the plexiglass.



Also true and obviously part of the other response.

Some people support these shields and others don't. Some feel that it only makes the drummer hit harder.

Originally we always used them when it involved string sections or other acoustic instuments.



Interesting. Is this why some musician are actually in seperate rooms while recording?

 

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Sh*t, that wouldn't stop Mitzi.


On the other hand, if Mitzi brought a curtain to the show, they would have a bit of privacy while on stage.... the drummers don't watch Gregg anyway.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2008 at 12:04 PM
Exactly. It is to isolate each instrument and keep the mics from picking up unwanted sounds and frequencies. Also looks cool.

Not everyone has believed in this over the years. Early artists such as Elvis recorded some of the greatest rock songs with only one mic recording them. The room ambience plays a major part in the sound of those old classics. What they lack from a audiophile point of view is made up by sound dynamics, energy and that warm feeling.

It is like the CD vs vinyl debate. Opinions will differ but there is no real right or wrong, only what each person likes.

 

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I believe it's to control the volume of the drums in the mix more easily. The drums are still miked, but the natural drum volume heard by the audience is muted by the plexiglass.


It's not for the audience hearing them, it's to control sound bleed into other live mics on stage and to help the other musicians to hear their respective instrument better. If stage volume is too loud, it screws everything up.


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  posted on 7/17/2008 at 01:03 PM
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Interesting. Is this why some musician are actually in seperate rooms while recording?
Yes. They are called isolation rooms. It's to keep instruments/vocals/etc. separate for mixing and mastering.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2008 at 01:06 PM
So the drummers sticks ricochet back and hit them instead of guitarists.

 

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