What is Guerrilla Mixing?
We strive to have every detail sound under control. Careful microphone selection and placement, input optimisation, precise EQ and dynamics settings for best possible results. But for a lot of shows, there is no time to have everything setup correctly. You are facing a new band/venue/console/PA system and have little to no information to go on. Heck, there might not even be enough time to do a quick sound check. But you are still required to provide the best sound possible, even if you are working against the odds. That is when you have to get to work - guerilla style.
I have done a lot of these "less then ideal" shows. In fact, when talking to people, this might be the bulk of our work. So I had to develop an approach that gets the best result in the quickest manner. I have learned to strip down to the basic items, doing broad strokes to shape the general sound while still mixing the band. This pilot course is my way of sharing my experience with engineers that want to become more efficient, faster and with more consistent end result when faced with the unknown.