Vipin Pungalia, Director-Professional Segment, Sennheiser India

Live events/concerts are in the news these days with people of all age groups turning up in huge numbers to enjoy music. They talk about the concert for days together talking about the amazing experience they had. But what goes into producing that experience live is something which is a very interesting topic. Every live artist/performer thus focuses on bringing on stage the best tools to back up his performance. {mosimage}

Every live production requires the most important tool - the microphone. It is one of the most crucial decision makers of the fate of the performance of an artist. today, we cannot imagine a world-class music concert without some power-packed stunts involved and this is possible because of the cutting-edge wireless microphone system. Wireless microphone systems provide artists the freedom to enrich their performance on stage. It offers artists and sound engineers the freedom to move freely on the stage and capture and transmit sound in any situation and at any event. For artists, it ensures movement on stage rather than just statically standing in front of a platform which not only boosts their confidence on the act/gig that they are going to do but also helps them to have a good hold on the device. Natural and expressive movement is encouraged, enhancing the overall impact of the act.

Besides the handheld mics, there is another category of microphones that is required to ensure that the artist is not stuck with the device. These are the headset microphones. These come into play when the whole emotional power and dynamic of a performance has to be conveyed to the audience. To accomplish this, the user needs highly developed audio technology with lots of feeling - one which works reliably under every condition.

Another important part to creating a successful live production is the play of stage lights. A performance can be made visually appealing on the basis of the narrative that the performer is presenting through entertainment and or theatrical lighting. Lighting pulls all the aspects of the stage together to create a scene that draws attention to the main character. The lighting allows the whole piece to be embraced and supported. Therefore, all objects that appear on the stage need to be in balance and the light should focus on the picture that needs to convey the sense and feeling to what the audience is viewing.

Another very important aspect or person who determines a good live production is the sound engineer. The sound engineer determines the acoustic products and the management of every aspect of the stage performance production. Thus this person's job role becomes crucial in making the production successful not just in terms of audio but visual and experience as well. Besides, a decent knowledge of live sound engineering and concert sound engineering, a live event requires more than just plugging in some amplifiers and turning a few volume buttons, it demands skills and expertise of sound quality and electronics. Thus, without the sound engineer, monitoring and setting audio equipment would transpire as a big task to complete.

One of the other important aspects is the venue. A venue such as small lounge to a medium-size ballroom or an outdoor arena, poses a challenge to sound engineers. A live sound engineer is solely responsible for reorganizing between different paths with different jobs in the course of that event. The live sound engineer has the ownership to make adjustment to the stage details as per his best understanding. Hence, before setting up any event, a sound engineer does a recce of the venue.

Thus a lot of effort goes into bringing out a successful live production - right instruments, team, attitude and scenario