Too many inputs

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A common affliction amongst sound engineers typically caused by small pee pee syndrome or little ball syndrome

The following formula applies:

Take the # of band members, multiply by 5 and add 2.

If venue sizes are below 1000 capacity, subtract 1 input per band member, to adjust for on stage levels effecting the FOH mix.

If venue size and ticket sales are between 2500 and 5000, add one input per band member as a success bonus.

For venues selling over 5000, add one input for every million albums sold in the first 30 days of the current album. Note; this applies to headline acts only! Support acts do not add album sales bonus inputs and must use the calculation for the largest headline show of the tour.

If any venue on the tour is less than half sold, take a 5 input embarrassment penalty for the remainder of the tour.

Once you have determined the correct amount of inputs including the modifier bonus and penalties that should be used, next compare that total to the actual inputs you or the engineer being analyzed for possible syndrome affliction actually uses.

Engineer's utilizing less than the correct amount are considered exceptional. + or - 1 input from the calculation is considered normal in most cases.

Engineer's implementing an excess of inputs beyond the calculation are typically suffering from small pee pee syndrome where in they have unsavorily over bloated the sound setup much to everyone's chagrin and often to the detriment of show sound quality, purely to pump their own ego and pretend they are doing something more complex than it really is. Alternately, lack of control over the # of input channels is also caused by another form of sound engineer ailment wherein the sound of the show is sacrificed to chaos due to the artist adding more things on stage and the little ball syndrome affliction prevents the engineer from suggesting better ways of accomplishing the same result in a less complex manner. The engineer, so willing to ass kiss and excited about the delusional thought that somehow over-complication equals job security, adds inputs like they are seeding a lawn.

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