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Not the composer's fault
Posted by: NeoAdamite 12:58 pm EDT 05/13/22
In reply to: re: A Strange Loop's terrible sound design - showtunesoprano 12:08 pm EDT 05/13/22

I think it's not the sound design, but the writing itself.

It was perfectly intelligible at Playwrights Horizons, and at 54 Below before that.

I'm a composer and arranger and I was a sound tech Off-Broadway for a dozen years. This is not even a sound design problem, it's a mixing problem - whoever is on the soundboard is not able to judge the sound in the house.

The board is in the back of the orchestra, and one person here reports that it sounded fine back there, which supports this theory.

Working in a new house requires you to learn the difference between what you hear at the board and how things sound at various spots in the audience, and then compensating for that accordingly. You also have to learn how the sound changes when the house is full - that alone is enough to account for the reports here.
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