Montana Folk Fest Sound Crews Help Bands Sound Great

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BUTTE – Before all these great bands hit the stage at the Montana Folk Festival in Butte, there’s another band that starts early – that’s the sound team, and that’s the band that helps all the other bands to sound so good.

First you need to hear this…

“Tick one, yeah, keep the gas coming, tick one…” the singer said.

Before hearing this:

“It’s a slow train through Arkansas…” sang the band Chuck Mead.

John Emeigh – MTN NEWS

More than a dozen Montana Pro Audio crew members in Butte are busy all morning and throughout the day making sure the music sounds great.

More than a dozen Montana Pro Audio crew members in Butte are busy all morning and throughout the day making sure the music sounds great.

“You have to have a lot of knowledge about the equipment and how the sound works and how that tent is going to affect the sound, so we have to try to keep our performers happy so they can give a good performance,” said Ben Morris. with Montana Pro Audio.

Each group gets a chance to do a sound check with the team. Not the most glamorous part of the performance.

“Soundcheck at 10 o’clock is my favorite part,” said Martin Lynds.

However, the performers say they are satisfied with the sound team.

“We did a show last night with them, this is the second one, they run a tight ship, I mean the gear is awesome,” Lynds said.

In a festival that welcomes groups from all over the world, there is sometimes a language barrier, but that does not prevent them from getting the job done.

“Fortunately, I guess music is a universal language, so a lot of it just points to things, which needs to be louder, which needs to be quieter,” Morris said.

In the end, the preparation paid off.

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