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Live Audio: The Art of Mixing a Show

By Dave Swallow

  1. ISBN: 9780240816043
  2. Publication Date: November 2010
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 256
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A live sound engineer's world revolves around the venue. Whether you find yourself working in a cozy club or an expansive concert arena, every location has challenges. It takes more than plugging in a few amplifiers and turning up the volume full blast to get the job done. Experience and ingenuity are needed to ensure that the band's sound is always at its best.

Live Audio is a practical, hands-on, 'in the trenches' guide to mixing and live sound from an author with years of professional experience. Combining a lively writing style and real world examples with essential details covering the technical and practical aspects of working a live show, Live Audio gives you a real-world look into working a live venue.

Learn the technical, practical, and political aspects of the job.

*Choosing the right equipment

*Being creative with the tools you are given

*Letting your mixes become more instinctual

*Understand the important elements of live mixing

*Working with the band

Author Bio

Mixing Engineer, Live and Studio Audio Engineer, Tour Manager, Tour Consultant Toured Extensively in Europe, North America, South America, Japan Mixed & Supervised countless sessions including: Itunes, Aol, Yahoo, BBC, B-side cuts… Live TV appearances include: Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live, Dave Letterman, Austin City Limits, Conan O'Brien, Regis & Kelly, VH1, Later with Jools Holland, Brit Awards, Live at Abbey Road, BBC One Sessions, Parkinson, Friday Night Project, Album Chart Show, E4, Taratata, New Pop, Jonathan Ross, Alan Carr, Top of The Pops, CD:UK, T4, Davina, Mobo Awards



Section 1: Pre Show

Chapter 1: What is a Live Audio Engineer?

Chapter 2: Audio Engineering Basics

Chapter 3: Electronics

Chapter 4: Power and Electricity

Chapter 5: Advancing the Show

Chapter 6: Rehearsals

Section 2: Show Day

Chapter 7: Load In

Chapter 8: Public Address Systems

Chapter 9: Desks Up!

Chapter 10: Line Systems

Chapter 11: Acoustics

Chapter 12: Tune up

Chapter 13: Stage Setup

Chapter 14: Soundcheck

Chapter 15: The Mix

Chapter 16: The Show


Acknowledgments and Thanks