|That Could Have Been All Kinds of Not Good
||[Sep. 14th, 2008|11:42 pm]
A former promotions director of ours dropped by this evening, at the program director's request, to cut a demo to possibly do some on air work in the future. Since I was already going to be here, and since I am trusted, the PD asked if I would lend a hand. My answer, of course, was in the affirmative.
I was setting him up in one of the studios that isn't live when the potentially bad thing happened. I had plugged in a pair of headphones and was making sure the volume was at an acceptable level. When I opened the mic I was bombarded with the worst squeal of feedback I had ever heard in my life. I've heard some wicked feedback before; once I could even feel it in my teeth, but this was a new level of sonic pain. I couldn't rip those headphones off fast enough. That's when the panic set in.
Everything sounded like it was muffled; my voice, the background noise, everything. And my ears were ringing like an old telephone. After a while my hearing returned to normal, but my ears are still ringing a bit. Still, that scared the hell out of me. If I lose my hearing, that's it! My career is over. It's kind of hard to do sound work if you can't hear what you're working on.
I got lucky this time. Next time I'm going to be very leary about venturing into that particular studio.......