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Tips and Tricks for Playback Techs, Music Directors, Musicians or anyone running tracks on stage.

Behind the Space Bar From Studio to Stage

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Tips and Tricks for Playback Techs, Music Directors, Musicians or anyone running tracks on stage.

    Playback and Drums | Getting the Call Last Minute and Why Preparation Matters with David Dombrowski

    Playback and Drums | Getting the Call Last Minute and Why Preparation Matters with David Dombrowski

    Imagine it's the first night of a an international tour. You're hired as tech to help with playback and drums, and suddenly the MD and keys player gets sick. You've got to step up and run playback and play keys. 
    COULD YOU DO IT? 
    That's exactly what my student David Dombrowski had to do. You'll hear how it went, and why he had the confidence he could make it happen.
    David is a touring drummer, playback tech, and all around great guy. 
    He was one of the first people to go through my coaching cohorts, and I could not think of a better person to share as a success story. 
    You'll hear why David pivoted from only being a drummer, to learning playback as well, and exactly HOW he made it happen.
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    Want to get in touch with David? Reach out on Instagram  👇https://instagram.com/dave_dombrowski


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    Mastering the Art of Upgrading Your OS: Insider Tips for Playback Engineers

    Mastering the Art of Upgrading Your OS: Insider Tips for Playback Engineers

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    In this episode of "Behind the Space Bar," Will shares tips and tricks for successfully upgrading the operating system (OS) on a computer used for live performances. He emphasizes the importance of waiting for bugs to be fixed and being intentional about the timing of the upgrade.


    Key Takeaways:

    -Wait for bugs to be fixed and choose the right timing for the OS upgrade.

    -Back up files and the entire computer system before upgrading.

    -Audit apps, plugins, and helper apps to determine what needs to be reinstalled.

    -Start from scratch with a clean install for a fresh and efficient system.

    -Conduct a burn-in test on a backup computer to ensure everything is working properly.

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    The Top 7 Skills Every Playback Engineer Must Master

    The Top 7 Skills Every Playback Engineer Must Master

    In this episode of "Behind the Spacebar," Will discusses the essential skills needed to become a successful playback engineer. He emphasizes the importance of service, the ability to say "yes" instead of "no," effective file management, quick edits, working quickly, handling multiple tasks, and staying calm under pressure.
    Key Takeaways:
    Playback engineering is all about service and making the artist or band feel comfortable.Saying "yes" instead of "no" is crucial for success as a playback engineer.Effective file management is essential for quick access to files and backups.The ability to make quick edits and work quickly is important in a live performance setting.Playback engineers must be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.Staying calm under pressure is crucial for troubleshooting and maintaining professionalism.

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    Building a Playback Rig? Don't Make These Mistakes!

    Building a Playback Rig? Don't Make These Mistakes!

    Building a Playback rig? Don't make this mistake that I see all too often in new Playback Techs.
    The Playback and Playback Tech community is a wonderful community.
    I love the trend of sharing rig builds and learning what others are doing.
    Seeing the gear others rely on, and what they use to craft their sound is inspiring.
    But...
    I'm noticing an alarming trend with these
    Beautiful, Instagram worthy rigs...
    I share my thoughts in todays episode of Behind the Space Bar.
    #uglyrigsarebeautiful


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    Stop Apologizing For Being a Beginner

    Stop Apologizing For Being a Beginner

    If you're just starting out with Ableton or using tracks, you're not a burden-we're glad you're here!
    Every month, I hold a call just for From Studio to Stage students.
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    This past month, I noticed an alarming trend.
    There were multiple people asking questions, and apologizing for how "basic" they were. 
    They were apologizing for "being in the way" because they're just starting out. 
    I quickly let them know:-you don't need to apologize and-you're not in our way. 
    You're welcome here...and we're glad YOU'RE here. 
    Don't miss the gift of beginning. 
    We've all been there before. 
    We're all beginners at something.
    Glad you're here!


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    Don't Let Your Preferences Get In The Way Of Your Progress

    Don't Let Your Preferences Get In The Way Of Your Progress

    I’m no swifty… but T-Swift got it right… I’m the problem.. it’s me.
    Do you believe that the next piece of gear will unlock your potential? We'll debunk the myth of external factors and shed light on the internal drive that genuinely propels us forward. 🚀
    Understanding the difference between internal vs. external motivators.Personal experiences from years of coaching students on stage performance with Ableton Live.Three invaluable tips to help you make real progress in your musical journey.Whether you're a seasoned musician, a playback tech, or someone new to using Ableton Live on stage, this episode promises insights that can reshape your perspective and accelerate your growth. 🌟
    If you're new here, welcome to "Behind the Space Bar"! And to our returning listeners, thank you for your continued support and kind words. Let's keep the conversation going! 🎹
    Make sure to subscribe, like, and share if you found this content valuable. Let's make music together!
    #BehindTheSpaceBar #MusicianGrowth #AbletonLive
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    00:00 - Introduction to the episode and the topic of internal struggles
    02:01 - Example of a playback tech's preferences hindering progress
    05:28 - Stop letting preferences get in the way of progress
    06:25 - Three tips to stop preferences from hindering progress
    07:04 - Free Tracks template offer
    08:15 - First tip: Audit current systems
    09:37 - Second tip: Test assumptions
    11:40 - Third tip: Try new things
    14:12 - Importance of trying new things and testing assumptions
    19:31 - Conclusion and call to action


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