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Hello all!

 

I'm interested in what tracks you all are using to demo PA systems and familiarize yourself with a system you're about to engineer on.

 

I understand the idea is to use songs you are very familiar with this way you can quickly determine certain characteristics of a new system. I realize that this is not a replacement for measurement.

 

Here are a few tracks on my current playlist: 

Fragments of Time - Daft Punk
Bad Blood - NAO
Pulp Culture - Thomas Dolby
Rainmaker - Keb' Mo'
Africa - Toto
Higher Love - Steve Winwood
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Do It Again - Steely Dan

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I work with bands as a FOH mixer as well as PSM work. Thomas Dolby's 'Pulp Culture' is my go-to for checking a system's basic operation before anything else. This will usually ID a non-working sub, main, monitor or cabinet component.

I'll sometimes use Steely Dan/Donald Fagen's  I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World) for something different.

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A mate of mine - a bit of a legend of setting up PA systems, uses Mercy Street, by Peter Gabriel!! sb

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Hangin on to the Good Times - Little Feat

Bird on a Wire - Jennifer Warnes

Heavy Fuel - Dire Straits

Home at Last - Steely Dan

Point of View - Eldar

Don't Wait Too Long - Madeleine Peyroux

 

 

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