John Deal's Live Sound Projects

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Here is a brief description of my live sound interests and a list of my current sound projects. My goal is to help local bands get a better sound at small bars/resturants/outdoor shows/etc at an affordable cost. I am only interested in bands playing music that I like (blues, pop, non-hard rock, alt/pop). Contact me if interested.

My interest in sound systems started in 1971 at a pool party at a friends house where I discovered using the tape output RCA jacks of my Marantz 1030 stereo amplifier, I could connect another stereo amplifier via its tape input RCA jacks. I could now run two amplifiers driving two pairs of speakers from a single stereo source. Wow. What a sound!

Many many years later, when I started playing in bands, I took charge of the PA systems of most of the various bands I was in. Setup, configurations, mixing, fixing various problems, etc.

The highlight of this era was running sound (mixing, stage management, etc.) for a moderate-size outdoor festival at the Watchusett Brewery in Westminister, MA. where The Charlie Dee Blues Band , which I played bass in, were the headliners. Here are some board recordings from a Peavey MDII 12 preamp channel board which I still use today. Some board recordings of this festival are below.

After suffering an injury on my left hand which prevented me from playing gigs for a few months, I re-established my interest in sound engineering and did a significant study of the subject (always learning!) during my break from gigging. This resulted in re-establishing my sound engineering work.

Below are some examples and some current clients.

 
Picture of Fran and Rita Wachusett Festival 1997

Fran and Rita were (and maybe still are) a duo which was the opening act of the 1997 Wachusett Brewery October Festival which I was doing sound for. I do not remember who the percussionist was. They put on a great set as documented in the recording linked here. Note the interesting use of a Wah-Wah pedal on acoustic guitar by Fran.

Note this is a board recording resulting in some parts being volume levels being dependent on the amount of amplification needed. The recording is in stereo but my PA at the show was in mono because my crossover set for two crossovers, splitting low, mids, and highs. Still, a reasonable documentation of their set.

Picture of The Roosters Wachusett Festival 1997

The Rooster were (and maybe still are) a rock band which was the act which played before The Charlie Dee Blues band during the 1997 Wachusett Brewery October Festival which I was doing sound for. They put on a great set including some good covers of Rolling Stones songs as documented in the recording linked here.

Note this is a board recording resulting in some parts being volume levels being dependent on the amount of amplification needed. The recording is in stereo but my PA at the show was in mono because my crossover set for two crossovers, splitting low, mids, and highs. Still, a reasonable documentation of their set.

Current Clients

Picture of Kill Phil Band Milton Tavern in 2023.

Kill Phil is a quite talented band made up of neighbors playing in bars/clubs/resturants in or close to their neighborhood. They often have guest musicians to complement the four member core. Their shows are great to watch and listen too. A fun band!

Historically, I have only been mixing vocals for this group but we are looking to have all vocals and instruments going through their Behinger XR18. I am also working on complementing their monitor mix with some of my equipment.

Picture of Mountain Gators at Paradox Brewery in 2023.

Mountain Gators is a five-piece band putting out original blues/R&B music to the New York Capital Region. They have recently released their first album. A band to watch.

Historically, I have only been mixing vocals for this group but I hope to convince them of the advantages of all instruments and vocals going through the PA for larger shows.

Picture of Glove Theatre entrance.

Glove Theatre is a famous theater in Gloversville, NY which is in the process of being restored. Currently, the theater is hosting multiple movie/theater/music events every month. It is a grand building and a great project.

I have recently started doing sound and other work for theater and music programs. I really enjoy this work and the people I work with. I am hoping for a long term relationship here.

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