Ground Loop Hum (and How to Safely Get Rid Of It).

Ground loop hum is a noise you hear from musical equipment. It is annoying and can be fixed safely

Did you get a loud hum coming through the PA system at your last show? Or is there a persistent ‘zzzz’ sound in your rehearsal room, especially when plugging in certain bits of equipment? If so, you are experiencing ‘earth loop’ or ‘ground loop’ hum. All musicians recognise this sound (especially guitarists) and the way … Read more

How to advance a tour – advice from Billy Reed, tour manager

Screenshot of computer folder from tour manager Billy Reed

Billy Reed, a tour manager, has written some great articles, detailing his approach to tour pre-production, advancing and other tour related activities, on his blog here. You will find this advice really useful, especially if you can’t afford a tour manager yet, and are doing all the pre-production  for your shows yourself. He also relates … Read more

Tour managers and live sound engineers – questions and answers for students.

A student recently asked me answer some questions about concert tour management and live sound engineering to help her with a college project. I get a lot of these requests and am always happy to offer answers and advice (time permitting) and have even posted an FAQ to help with this type of research. However … Read more

14 Things You Should Know About Touring On A Sleeper Bus

It is festival season again which means bands and their crews are clambering aboard sleeper buses in order to travel around Europe and sit in muddy fields for hours on end. Of course, touring by sleeper bus goes on throughout the year on both sides of the pond; it is by far the most convenient … Read more