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Favorite PA Demo Songs?
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Old 27th December 2017, 01:47 AM   #1
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Cool Favorite PA Demo Songs?

Hello all!

I'm interested in what tracks you all are using to demo PA systems and familiarize yourself with a system you're about to engineer on.

I understand the idea is to use songs you are very familiar with this way you can quickly determine certain characteristics of a new system. I realize that this is not a replacement for measurement.

Here are a few tracks on my current playlist:

Fragments of Time - Daft Punk
Bad Blood - NAO
Pulp Culture - Thomas Dolby
Rainmaker - Keb' Mo'
Africa - Toto
Higher Love - Steve Winwood
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Do It Again - Steely Dan
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Old 27th December 2017, 04:25 AM   #2
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In service I don;t care what I listen to, though I usually play country music. Main reason is that country tends to be much cleaner. The heavy metal stuff is so distorted, it is not readily apparent if it is the music or the system.
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Old 27th December 2017, 01:44 PM   #3
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"Enter Sandman" Metallica..
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Old 27th December 2017, 06:26 PM   #4
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Let The Beat Go On - Dr. Alban
Hero (live) - Mariah Carey
Fred Wesley - Funk For Your ***
Kingston Town - UB40
Give Me The Night - George Benson
Stomp - Brothers Johnson
September - Earth Wind And Fire
Runaway - Jamiroquai
Roxanne - The Police
Ain`t Nobody - Rufus & Chaka Khan
Meditation Time - Anthony Que
I'd Love You To Want Me - Lobo
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Old 28th December 2017, 01:02 AM   #6
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The snare should take of the top of your head at about a minute in.

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Old 28th December 2017, 01:07 AM   #7
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Very good mastering on those tracks.
Added the last one to my personal list.
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Old 28th December 2017, 01:30 AM   #8
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Depends on what the system is going to be used for.

If it is truly public address speech intelligibilty is paramount. For that I use a speech intelligibilty CD. It is all "Please write the word xxxxx now."

If it is also going to carry music then ballads are good. For male announcers Johhny Cash or similar is good.

For showing off I like to use recordings most folks have never heard. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy is typical of that music.

I tend not to use music that was recorded multitrack and then mixed to a final "stereo" product.

But I have had folks work for me who could get reasonable set up using music like heavy metal. All depends on your listening experience.

It is all about getting a good balance. One "Expert" uses what is called "boom and ting music." All drum and cymbals. Sounds impressive in hifi demos, really useless to test and balance a system.

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Old 28th December 2017, 01:34 AM   #9
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Natural Mystic - Bob Marley
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