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Brixton academy sound quality

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by sparkybird, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. sparkybird

    sparkybird ask the bird...

    I have been lucky enough to go to 3 gigs this week (and now I'm knackered).
    Last night I was at the Academy and really felt the sound was muffled/poor compared to the other venues (Roundhouse and Hammersmith Apollo)

    Anyone else think the same? Could it be the acoustics rather than the speakers?

    Off out to the Hootannany later... I'll report back ;)
     
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  2. bimble

    bimble uber-hippy twonk peanut

    Yep, acoustics in there are bloody awful.
     
  3. SheilaNaGig

    SheilaNaGig Struggling and striving

    There are a good few sweet spots in there but yeah, outside those spots it’s not great and it can be really pony in there even in the sweet spots.

    But it’s still my facourite room.
     
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  4. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming

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  5. Maharani

    Maharani Just like Heaven

    It’s amazing these huge venues get it so wrong. Was in KT forum last night and the sound was bad unless you right in the middle at the back. Not so easy to see shit when you’re a 5’2er though
     
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  6. Lizzy Mac

    Lizzy Mac Well-Known Member

    From memory, don't they bring everything in for each production at the Academy?
    The room def sounds better when full. I think it's my favourite too.
    Maharani, the best place for a punter will always be just in front of the sound desk.
     
  7. Maharani

    Maharani Just like Heaven

    I haven’t been to the academy in about a year over, but always thought the sound was pretty good and I’m usually at the front when I’m there.
     
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  8. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    No installed PA there, it’s whatever is brought in by the production. So that’s one variable.

    It’s a right bastard of a room to mix in. Very odd acoustics. Which is another.
     
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  9. jimbarkanoodle

    jimbarkanoodle Well-Known Member

    i was under the impression it is a "dry venue", and that each event arranges its own sound system etc.

    The last time i was there for a trance night and it nowhere near loud enough.
     
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  10. jimbarkanoodle

    jimbarkanoodle Well-Known Member

    I was in the Electric Brixton on Saturday night, and that also seemed quiet, when i have been in there several times in the last year and thought it was nice and loud.

    Wonder what the deal is there? depends on the sound guy the promoter uses?
     
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  11. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Only go to the academy for the atmosphere. Last time I went was for SFA and I made sure to stand by the mixing desk cos I wanted to be able to hear them properly.
     
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  12. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Sound quality is absolutely dreadful at most venues. Often find myself at gigs wondering what the point is when it would sound a hundred times better at home.

    The best acoustics in a large venue I've experienced were actually at the O2 in Greenwich. Enormous space but the sound was quite impressively sharp. It was Leonard Cohen though so perhaps it was just that the air had been infused with his charisma.
     
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  13. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    I saw him there too. The sound is excellent at the O2 but often there's zero atmosphere. It's like sitting in a large living room with an excellent sound system. The opposite of the Academy.
     
  14. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Blame ever tighter budgets that don't allow for a dedicated system tech on a tour.
     
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  15. Lizzy Mac

    Lizzy Mac Well-Known Member

    Bands or venue production normally provide sound and lights. Which could be the promoter in smaller venues.
     
  16. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Having each production bring in its own sound system sounds like a completely nuts way of doing things. Is that really what happens? How can that make any sense whatsoever?
     
  17. jimbarkanoodle

    jimbarkanoodle Well-Known Member

    Different requirements i suppose. For example, s D&B night is going to want a completely different set up to a pop concert.
     
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  18. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Sure, but also the setup for the same production in two different venues is going to be very different if done properly. It would seem to me that it would make sense for each venue to have the necessary equipment to accommodate a number of different types of event, and also the knowledge of how that stuff is best set up in each case. Seems crazy to be continually lugging loads of sound equipment around in lorries if that's what happens.
     
  19. 3Zeros

    3Zeros Active Member

    I was there too. It was pretty awful. We tried a few different spots throughout the venue and found all disappointing. It seemed the speaker stacks were pointed in and down on the main floor but it was too packed to get anywhere near it.

    There's definitely a difference between the capacity that they are allowed to safely fill the venue and the capacity at which everyone there will enjoy it.
     
  20. jimbarkanoodle

    jimbarkanoodle Well-Known Member

    the queue for the smoking area was borderline dangerous, hundreds of people trying to squeeze out of that tiny door. Do they still let a few people smoke out the front? i remember when it first opened you were allowed to
     
  21. 3Zeros

    3Zeros Active Member

    Not as far as I know. We were going to stick around for more of Simian Mobile Disco, but took one look at the queue for the smoking area and decided it was time to go.
     
  22. Lizzy Mac

    Lizzy Mac Well-Known Member

    If you are a big band on tour it makes total sense.
    Smaller venues tend to have an in house team which makes sense for them.
     
  23. Lizzy Mac

    Lizzy Mac Well-Known Member

    When a band gets big they want control everything.
    Just ask a support band who aren't allowed to touch anything. Ha.
     
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  24. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    If bands want "control" but also don't want to spend on people that know what they're doing, then the system only seems to make "total sense" from the point of view of the vanity of the performers. Because what we end up with is a horrible mess.
     
  25. Lizzy Mac

    Lizzy Mac Well-Known Member

    They do spend, they bring their own crew and gear with them.
    If you are on a big tour you can’t risk rolling up to each venue in the morning, with doors at 7 and an unknown system and staff. Too much can go wrong in too little time.
     

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