[JPL] Weckl/Hearing

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Sun Sep 24 12:37:43 EDT 2006


Thanks Jae for tracking that down!

Best;
Mike Schwartz

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Subject: [JPL] Weckl/Hearing

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Mike.....just picked up an article on Weckl and the ear system he uses 
is for
monitoring purposes. He wasn't happy with how his drums were being 
mixed so he
started using this set up to control his own sound. It didn't say 
anything about
how these would work in protecting his ears but if you can control your 
own
volume and sound "on stage" it would certainly help. He controls this 
from a set
up next to his kit as I suspected. I can't tell you how many times I've 
been on
stage and this blast of piercing feedback comes through the stage 
monitors. This
happens usually because the sound person isn't paying attention as to 
where the
mic placements are on stage in relation to the monitors or not knowing 
what
channels the mics are in and starts turning knobs. That is extremely 
dangerous
to the ears. It's also a major advantage to have your own sound person 
to take
on the road with you because they know exactly what the "band" wants in 
their
sound. Unfortunately most jazzers can't
 afford to take their own sound person out on the road with them.

  Jae Sinnett

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Mike, I think in Weckl's case that may be an in ear monitoring system. 
Besides
being a great drummer he's also a tech head. It may also serve as a 
volume
control outlet for him ....where he can dictate how much he needs to 
hear
without the piercing frequencies. If this is the case he may control 
this system
 from something that sits next to him near the kit and not relying on an 
out
front sound control person. At times that person can be the most 
dangerous
person in the room to the musicians.

Jae Sinnett

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Jae;
Dave Weckyl for years has been playing with what appears to be 
earlplugs/buds of
some sort that are attached to a cord or something similar. I've seen 
him put
them in prior to hitting, and takes them out when he does his stage 
announcing,
and back in to resume playing. His bands have been heavy in electric 
bass,
keyboards & guitars.

I wonder if that's what they are, based on this topic, and if so if 
they help,
or if someone knows the scoop with Dave's setup.

Mike Schwartz/KSJS


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Subject: [JPL] Al Di Meola/Hearing


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That's what I suspected with him Russ. The volume. Many of that 
generation
suffer from tinnitus. I do myself in my right ear....more than likely 
from the
rock I played in the 70's. I know Peter Erskine deals with 
it....Charlie Haden
is another although not sure how his came about. Many of the artists 
that dealt
with electric instruments do and those that underestimated the 
frequencies. Some

think that only the high end causes the damage but the low ends can be 
just as
bad. That's one conversation I would love to have with some of the 
fusion
musicians from that era.....how they now deal with their hearing in 
terms of the

tinnitus. I eat fresh ginger which helps interestingly enough.

This is something I've become very sensitive to over the years. It can 
happen
to programmers as well. I know when I come in to do my jazz 
program....which
comes on after the alternative music show....the headphones are 
blasting! I'm
like damn.....how in the world can this guy hear anything? Programmers 
shouldn't

underestimate the importance of quality headphones because they can 
help in
cutting down on the dangerous frequencies. It's worth the 
investment....truly.

Jae Sinnett





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