LVC Music Business and Audio Music Production Intern Reports
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Sunday, July 7th
1 - 4 Rock Around the Clock last performance
4 - 6 tear down for Rock Around the Clock
Pump Boys and Dinettes
Monday, July 8th
12:30 - 2 set painting
2 - 5 setting up piano/instruments and sound system
- MG24/14FX mixing console assigning tracks (piano, bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar)
- Backstage piano connected to onstage piano through MIDI
- set up monitors, mains, and subs
- set up DI bass
- wireless mics (handhelds)
- organize and test mic packs and heads
- assigning vocal mics/tracks
6 - 9 run of show
- shadowing sound
Tuesday, July 9th
12 - 5 set design/building and painting
- white trim on walls
- building diner counter and painting
- black walls
5 - 9 lighting
- MagicQ software
- learning how to run DMX lights
- creating cue stack
- creating map of show during run, creating marker cues/rough idea to program lights the next day
- thinking out appropriate choices with colors and moods for each song/adding notes to the marker cues
Wednesday, July 10th
2 - 5
- run through of show with stopping
- hand and assign wireless mics
- running lights/cues manually
- acoustic guitar issue (troubleshooting)
- Problem/solution: acoustic guitar assigned to wrong wireless receiver (frequency scans)
6 - 9
- run through of show with no stopping
- running lights
Thursday, July 11th
5 - 9
- running through show
- running lights
Friday, July 12th
6 - 9
- running show for staff (preview night)
- running lights
Saturday, July 13th
7 - 10
- OPENING NIGHT!
- running lights
- turning off lights of theater after show
- shutting down sound
Week 5, Monday/Thursday from 10-6 (16 hours total)
This week definitely started to pick up- the interns for Atlantic do a competition called “Marketing Madness”, and my group is working on a marketing campaign for rapper/singer Roddy Ricch. This week was mostly brainstorming and getting some base ideas out, but we’re gonna need to pick up the work on the project over the next 2-3 weeks. It has happened before that interns impress the artist they’re campaigning for enough that they actually develop professional ties, this happened recently with an old intern and Cardi B.
This week was pretty slow, mostly because of July 4 affairs. All I really did was archive a bunch of delivered video files onto Atlantic’s main hard drive, which is definitely necessary but just not terribly interesting. However, I’m excited to start the creative process of some of these YouTube promo spots this week.
Hours: 10-6 on Wednesday and a half day Thursday - 12 hours total for this week, which makes 60 hours total to this point.
Sunday, June 30th 1 PM - 4:30 PM SHOW 1-2: hair, makeup, and costumes 2-4: Rock Around the Clock performance 4-4:30: talking to customers/guests 3.5 hours Monday, July 1st 11 AM - 1 PM Music Rehearsal for Pump Boys and Dinettes - learning music as an understudy for Pump Boys and Dinettes 2 PM - 5 PM Music Rehearsal for Pump Boys and Dinettes - learning music as an understudy for Pump Boys and Dinettes 5 hours Tuesday, July 2nd 11 AM - 1 PM Music Rehearsal for Pump Boys and Dinettes - learning music as an understudy for Pump Boys and Dinettes 2 PM - 5 PM Music Rehearsal for Pump Boys and Dinettes - learning music as an understudy for Pump Boys and Dinettes
5 hours Wednesday, July 3rd 1 PM - 4:30 PM SHOW 1-2: hair, makeup, and costumes 2-4: Rock Around the Clock performance 4-4:30: talking to customers/guests 5 PM - 9 PM second show rehearsal - learning music as an understudy for Pump Boys and Dinettes - viewing/learning sound system for Pump Boys and Dinettes - Yamaha MG24/14FX mixing console 7.5 hours
Thursday, July 4th 1 PM - 4:30 PM SHOW 1-2: hair, makeup, and costumes 2-4: Rock Around the Clock performance 4-4:30: talking to customers/guests 3.5 hours
Friday, July 5th 11 AM - 1 PM second show rehearsal 2 PM - 4 PM second show rehearsal - learning music as an understudy for Pump Boys and Dinettes - viewing/learning sound system for Pump Boys and Dinettes - Yamaha MG24/14FX mixing console 7 PM -10:30 PM SHOW 7-8: hair, makeup, and costumes 8-10: Rock Around the Clock performance 10-10:30: talking to customers/guests 7.5 hours
Saturday, July 6th 11 AM - 1 PM second show rehearsal 2 PM - 4 PM second show rehearsal - learning music as an understudy for Pump Boys and Dinettes - viewing/learning sound system for Pump Boys and Dinettes - Yamaha MG24/14FX mixing console 7 PM -10:30 PM SHOW 7-8: hair, makeup, and costumes 8-10: Rock Around the Clock performance 10-10:30: talking to customers/guests 7.5 hours TOTAL: 39.5 hours
Electro Sound Systems Intern report: Week 6 Monday 7/1 9:00am-5:00pm 8hrs. Unloaded Ice Cream festival, counted audio cable stock, tested mics, unloaded J series PA rental. Wednesday 7/3 9:00am-3:00pm 6hrs. Swept floor, barcoded inventory, labeled/reordered backline and other shelves. Thursday 7/4 9:45am-11:30pm 13.45hrs. Set up PA and stage for Delaware Symphony Orchestra, dealt with a ton of rain in one hour. Worked as a stagehand for the show, had to catch a small girl (two years old at least) slipping through barricades and running away from mom. Tore down after a smooth show, loaded the truck and went home. Friday 7/5 9:00am-5:00pm 8hrs. Unloaded the 4th gig, rewrapped and reordered cable kits, cleaned road cases, pulled and packed weekend show orders. Later barcoded mics and DI boxes into inventory, pulled an IEM rental, swept the shop.
10 hours worked
Hampton Jazz Fest.
took a train to the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton Virginia.
got my stage pass and a rundown of what I needed to do for load out after the show was over.
helped sound check Gerald Albright.
I got to mix Gerald Albright at the Hampton Coliseum for 10,000 people... yeah I didn't see that coming.
helped change out front of house engineers for each set.
went out for a beer with the rest of the crew.
road truck back from Hampton to the shop with Ryan. talked about different things in the job. about different Gear, and about working for MSI.
after getting back we unpacked and repacked trucks including 4th of July.
found out I will be working all week on 4th of July on the National Mall.
17 hours worked
load in for 4th of July on the mall.
All gear unloaded and placed. worked through two rain storms. put up 3 out of 4 poles, got one out of 6 arrays hung. had to get 3 shooting boom forklifts delivered because the first one kept overheating and the second was leaking fluid.
13 hours worked.
all arrays hung, all poles up, all sound checked and all RF Tested.
set up transmitter from the main mix console on the stage at the Lincoln Memorial to our main mixer feed on the National Mall.
11 hours worked
4th of July on the National Mall.
I manned and controlled the two delay towered that covered the JFL hockey fields and the Refection pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial where Trump was speaking. Had a feed of the speech, the military band's performances, was right under the flyovers and pipped fireworks music onto the Mall.
afterwards: prepped everything to go onto a truck the next morning.
9 hours worked
4th of July loadout.
packed all gear onto a truck. pulled down all poles and put them onto a truck.
7.5 hours worked
found out I was put on the last day of the Hampton Jazz festival.
checking high drivers in 4888 arrays (beryllium or aluminum.
the bridge was still out.
8.25 hours worked
was given a good exercise to practice my ears and how to know gear by this guy Sphen (he's very German). put a mic in front of a speaker and turn it up until it feeds back and then make it so it doesn't feedback anymore. Use different mics and different speakers, find tendency as of different great and how to fix the common issues.
got my train ticket for Hampton.
cross-loaded trucks once the bridge was patched.
7 hours worked
was sent to the Warner Theater in DC to replace a Cat5e snake that stopped working.
cut cable to length, ran it through the conduit, terminated both ends of all six cables.
went back to the shop for the last hour or so of the day to help load and unload trucks.
7 hours worked.
helped in the mic room ding inventory.
prepped for 4th of July on the mall.
7.5 hours worked.
4th of July prep.
Poles and Bases.
(Studio owners were away during June, so I just got started this week!)
Monday, July 1
- I was shown around the studio, where the equipment lives, the different tracking and control rooms
- Sat in on a session tracking guitar, helped with setup
- Grabbed equipment from tracking room for guitar session in the control room
Tuesday, July 2
- Set up for a vocal session, learned about how the studio runs their talkback/cue system
- I was shown how to set up and maintain the sound systems and equipment in the rehearsal rooms that bands can rent
- Setup for a session tracking bass
Sunday, June 23rd 1 PM - 4:30 PM SHOW 1-2: hair, makeup, and costumes 2-4: Rock Around the Clock performance 4-4:30: talking to customers/guests 3.5 hours Wednesday, June 26th 1 PM - 4:30 PM SHOW 1-2: hair, makeup, and costumes 2-4: Rock Around the Clock performance 4-4:30: talking to customers/guests 5 PM - 9 PM second show rehearsal - learning music as an understudy for Pump Boys and Dinettes - viewing/learning sound system for Pump Boys and Dinettes 7.5 hours
Thursday, June 27th 1 PM - 4:30 PM SHOW 1-2: hair, makeup, and costumes 2-4: Rock Around the Clock performance 4-4:30: talking to customers/guests 5 PM - 9 PM second show rehearsal - learning music as an understudy for Pump Boys and Dinettes - viewing/learning sound system for Pump Boys and Dinettes 7.5 hours
Friday, June 28th 11 AM - 1 PM second show rehearsal 2 PM - 4 PM second show rehearsal - learning music as an understudy for Pump Boys and Dinettes - viewing/learning sound system for Pump Boys and Dinettes 7 PM -10:30 PM SHOW 7-8: hair, makeup, and costumes 8-10: Rock Around the Clock performance 10-10:30: talking to customers/guests 7.5 hours
Saturday, June 29th 11 AM - 1 PM second show rehearsal 2 PM - 4 PM second show rehearsal - learning music as an understudy for Pump Boys and Dinettes - viewing/learning sound system for Pump Boys and Dinettes 7 PM -10:30 PM SHOW 7-8: hair, makeup, and costumes 8-10: Rock Around the Clock performance 10-10:30: talking to customers/guests 7.5 hours TOTAL: 33.5 hours
For my third week at Atlantic, my hours remained 10-6 for Wednesday and Thursday. While I continued doing much of the same this week in terms of video status updates, I also started on a new project. Using the label’s Vimeo and future b side footage, I suggested working to create promotional videos for up and coming artists for Atlantic’s YouTube channel, to help boost their image. My supervisor Trevor sent me a list of content ideas he had, and from there I plan to start editing and seeing what I can come up with.
Monday June 24th, 9am-5pm (8 hours)
• First day of changeover from Much Ado to Coriolanus. Striking cable and rerunning new bundles on stage before scenic puts in the automation tracks. Other small tasks throughout the day.
Tuesday June 25th, 9am-5pm (8 hours)
• Second day of changeover, unpatched FOH Digico console and replaced with a new one with new programming. More bundle runs. Unloaded a truck from Masque Sound. Other small tasks throughout the day.
Wednesday, June 26th, 9am-5pm (8 hours)
• Third Day of Changeover, repatched Ampland, and tidied up cable runs within the racks. Other small tasks throughout the day.
Thursday, June 27th, 9am-5pm (8 hours)
• Fourth day of Changeover, worked with A2s preparing labels and finding new frequencies for our wireless microphones. Preparing all of the tech tables.
Friday June 28th - Sunday June 30th: Off work to celebrate PRIDE!! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
Monday, July 1st, 9am-5pm (8 hours)
• Fifth day of Changeover, Dropped the automation com and video rack understand stage and repatched what was needed. Ran more bundles. Laminated mic pack labels, and helped A2 more. Quiet time is tomorrow so there was a lot of audio testing happening to make sure the system is up to date for the new show.
Electro Sound Systems Intern report: Week 5 Monday 6/24 9:00am-5:00pm 8hrs. Loaded console rental in truck, prepped gear for press conference, pulled another event order, modified cable packages. Tuesday 6/25 9:00am-4:00pm 7hrs. Unpacked press conference, finished event pack and loaded truck, received rental return, documented missing part, cleaned up shop/office. Wednesday 6/26 9:00am-3:30pm 6.5hrs. Picked up around the shop, packed a load for a small show, received Firefly equipment rentals, sent out PA rental. Thursday 6/27 2:00pm-9:30pm 7.5hrs. Drove to run a show, ran FOH and monitors for a trio at Glasgow Park. Friday 6/28 9:00am-5:30pm 8.5hrs. Unloaded truck from large corporate event, sorted out rentals from stock, loaded truck for rental return, rebuilt cable kits, restocked cable shelves, reorganized the shop floor.
4 hours worked
Army Ball loadout at the DC Hilton
7.5 hours worked
weekend trucks unload
in sweep for the morning to go through all the gear from the weekend
went to the lab to make and fix cables. mostly XLR
7.25 hours worked
pull some JBL speakers out from storage, pulled the amps off that back, checked driver continuity, installed a back panel, swept and cleaned all 88's.
packed cable trunks for shows.
unpacked trunks from shows.
cross loaded trucks on the other side of the bridge because we have a 10,000 lb weight restriction after inspection.
7 hours worked.
did a Penske run.
everyone in the shop helped cross load a trailer onto two other trucks to unpack into the shop. with the whole shop being there it was a lot of work but really fun and funny at the same time.
made and fixed XLR cables.
7.5 hours worked.
Deprepped a show that I had prepped but didn't happen.
another Penske run.
replaced drivers in 88's
Bridged is closed for repair.
helped pack for the Hampton Jazz festival and convinced them to let me go with them to the festival.
packed cable, prepped consoles, speakers, speakers rigging.
Learned to drive a fork lift....(i was very excited)
I am so sorry it has taken me so long to start posting. It is hard for me to find time to write posts weekly because of how busy my schedule is.
Today is the first day of “change over” which means one show closed and now we need to strike everything on the set and replace and patch for the new set. Which also means there is a lot of work and wait. So this is a good time to go over “Much Ado About Nothing”.
Much Ado was the first show at Shakespeare in the Park. I am an Audio Production Intern for the Park so I spend almost everyday working in the Delacorte theater from 9-5. There was a few exceptions, where I would work 9-5 in the Public Theater in Downtown Manhattan, or in East Rutherford, New Jersey working on a shop prep.
At the Delacorte, I arrived in New York on May 14th when Much Ado started Technical Rehearsals. Tech is the busiest time for Audio because being a Production intern means we fix all of the notes the designer has. So each morning we had a list of adjustments for the system that we would have to fix. For example, if a speaker started to have a hum in the middle of the run, the “notes crew” (us) would have to fix that the following morning.
So we were in tech for two weeks, until we had to host a Gala. Very fancy production honoring women in theater. I helped A2 (Second Audio Assistant) that show. I was in charge of making sure all of the microphones went on the correct people and that their frequencies weren’t being disturbed. Then we tech’d Much Ado for another week, and it opened on June 11th.
When the show started running, the Production team didn’t have work at the theater. So we were sent to Masque Sound to help prepare for a new show coming to The Public, “Mojito”. I was able to build racks and bundle cables. Shop prep is my favorite time to hang out with fellow audio geeks and laugh about theater horror stories. It’s when crews start to really talk and bond over work. It is where I make my connections. Valentine Monfeuga is the associate sound designer for Mojito so it was really nice to hang out and catch up with her.
As I said earlier, I work roughly around 9am - 5pm six days a week. The only exception was this past weekend, because the Production staff worked as overhires with WNET aka PBS to record Much Ado for a broadcast at a later date. They had weird hours. On Friday and Saturday it was 8am-6pm, and Sunday it was 10:30pm-2am. So my name will be on some credits for a PBS show, which will be a first.
This internship is a lot of work, but i am having more and more fun every day. Sorry it’s taken me so long to start posting, but I am still getting use to the New York Living. I am going to try and post every Sunday or Monday.
This week I also worked on Wednesday and Thursday from 10-6. It was much of the same this week, updating video status reports and creating a newsletter. However, this week I was also able to look through some professional video treatments which was actually rather interesting, and I also helped create a short day in the life video for singer Don Toliver. I’m definitely finding ways to fill in where I’m needed, but I do hope to be a part of some actual production projects soon.
Pulled equipment for upcoming gigs, sorted cable, practiced routing and ringing out monitors on an SC48 console.
Tuesday 6/18 9:00am-5:00pm 8hrs.
Finished sorting video cable, relabeled cable shelves, received a rental, tagged mic stand kits into inventory.
Wednesday 6/19 9:00am-5:00pm 8hrs.
Pulled equipment for upcoming gig, loaded truck, testing mixers, fixing bad faders, allocating equipment for large corporate event.
Thursday 6/20 12:00pm-8:30pm 8.5hrs.
Pulled equipment for large corporate gig, cross-examined orders for overlap equipment booking, made notes of items to order/sub-rent to complete request for breakout rooms. Ran FOH and monitors for a small concert at Glasgow Park.
Friday 6/21 9:00am-12:00pm 3hrs.
Swept entire shop and added last minute equipment into the truck for a gig. Left early to volunteer for a benefit event.
Saturday 6/22 12:30pm-11:20pm 8.5hrs.
Loaded truck for Field Jam event, drove truck to nature reserve, set up stage, ran FOH and monitors, tore down, drove truck back.
7.5 hours worked
lots of weekend trucks to unload.
lots of speakers to test from those weekend shows.
7.5 hours worked
learned how to replace grill cloth.
met a former employee. my boss told him I was doing well.
7.5 hours worked.
7.25 hours worked
did a lot of show prep.
got offered a gig mixing for a community theater by another guy in the shop.
7 hours worked.
"the day of maintenance"
worked on and fix speaker boxes (V25, v20, 86's, 932's)
fixed speaker carts.
packed and prepped for an army ball gig.
9 hours worked.
army ball gig at the DC Hilton hotel. load in at 7am. left my apartment at 5am.
come back to the shop afterward built a wireless rack for a show.
prepped cable trucks.
got my first "your the intern" kind of job going through all the road cases in the shop and recording case numbers and barcodes.
First week was nothing too crazy but definitely an interesting star- I did status updates for music videos released by the label, and created a company newsletter indicating what new videos were officially available to view. I also did a good amount of research into cinematographers and artists, creating a comprehensive list for the video production heads. The goal here was to have as many potential clients to work with as possible, in case someone they initially went to became unavailable on short notice. They also wanted us to be able to offer names and ideas should the time come.
Electro Sound Systems Intern report: Week 1 and 2 (late posting due to my blog invitation just being received)
Tuesday 5/28- 9:00am-5:00pm 8hrs. Introduced to newly implemented inventory check in/out system, new shop layout, and new employees. Unloaded trucks and checked in gear, sorted cables in road case packages. Organized projector and video shelf, sorted the wireless mic shelf, and stacked B2 subs onto custom rolling carts.
Wednesday 5/29- 9:00am-5:17pm 8.17hrs. Went to assist repairs to an installed audio system at a winery and pick up rental equipment from Harford Sound, MA. While at Harford, I got to learn about their new Digico SD12 while our truck needed a jump and a new bolt for a broken door panel. Back at the shop, I booked out equipment, loaded a truck for an event, organized more cables and replaced pins for the Q1 line array system.
Thursday 5/30- 7:30pm-1:00am 4.5hrs. I booked out gear and loaded the truck for a future event. Then I went to the new 76ers field house in Wilmington, DE to set up for multiple graduation gigs.
Friday 5/31- 1:30pm-11:30pm 10hrs. Finished booking out gear and headed out for a show at the Delaware Arts Museum called the Backyard Bash. Set up included staging, lighting, and sound for four ensembles. I rotated mixing monitors and front of house with the other interns.
Saturday 6/1- 8:00pm-10:40pm 2.4hrs. Met my boss at the 76ers field house to tear down the graduation set up.
Monday 6/3- 9:00am-5:00pm 8hrs. I checked in equipment from the weekend events, booked out and loaded more gear for an event that night. Then my boss talked to us about mixing bands on the spot without a proper sound check.
Tuesday 6/4- 9:00am-5:00pm 8hrs. Unloaded and checked in gear from the last event, dropped off borrowed deck legs at The Playhouse in Wilmington, DE, picked up the keyboard the rented, and replaced the drum heads on both backline kits.
Wednesday 6/5- 9:00am-5:00pm 8hrs. Booked out equipment for 3 events and a rental, tagged new inventory and added it into the system, flipped wireless receivers installed in a rack, and built a shelving unit for cable storage in the shop with my boss.
Thursday 6/6- 9:00am-5:00pm 8hrs. Painted shelving unit (this thing was massive).
Friday 6/7- 8:40am-4:40pm 8hrs. Unloaded and checked in gear from the last event and started booking out gear for an event going on that day. Went to go load in and set up a stage at Delaware Park and then went back to the shop. Began booking out gear for a local festival and loaded the truck. Ended the day with installing the new shelving unit.
Saturday 6/8- 9:00am-1:30am 16.5hrs. Went to Smyrna, DE to work the Smyrna At Night fest. Began the day setting up PA, monitors, and backline for main stage. Then went to set up the stage in the Firehouse and then both inside and outside stages at the Painted Stave. I ran FOH and monitors for Painted Stave inside and outside, once my sets were done I tore both down as well as Firehouse. Helped load up the truck and went home.