Whether you are new to live sound or if you have been doing it for decades, it’s important to keep learning. Technology is always changing and we should keep up with it.
If you are a busy audio technician jumping from gig to gig, sometimes it’s hard to find the time to catch your breath! Maybe you are just starting out in the industry and picking up a little from the veterans on each gig but feel like you should be learning more than you are.
Busy schedules and distractions keep us from making the time to learn and stay up to date.
Do you ever feel like you are getting left behind? I mean, not all of us can fly around the country attending trade shows and manufacture training sessions.
We’d like to tell you about the “Live Sound Summit”, that happened live Sunday and Monday, June 2nd/3rd, hosted by live sound engineer, author, teacher, and coach Nathan Lively. It was a great time for all those who attended, but it you couldn’t make it, all of the sessions were recorded and available now as a package.
Nathan Lively is the host of the Sound Design Live podcast where he interviews industry experts about all things live sound.
Once a year he brings together the best of the best to offer a 2-day online summit with 17 different presenters over 2 days (17 hours) for the Live Sound Summit.
Watch the session recordings live from your living room, kitchen, or favorite coffee shop anytime. Watch the presentations over and over. Plus with the recordings purchase, not only can you watch the session, you get all the slides and handouts.
Here’s who is speaking and what you’ll learn at the Live Sound Summit.
Robert Scovill talked about “Optimizing Gain Structure and Console Management” from his experiences learned from his 35-year career working with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Matchbox Twenty, Jackson Browne, Rush, Def Leppard, and Prince.
Watch a clip from the summit where Robert talks about keeping your channel faders in the “high resolution” area.
Hear from Pat Brown, the head of SynAudCon, who has taught thousands of audio engineers things like “The Core Principles of Audio”, “Sound System Design”, and “Equalization Demystified”. Pat taught on “Complete System Gain Structure Made Easy”.
Nicholas Radina, Touring Monitor Engineer for O.A.R., shared “Monitor World IEM Mixing Tips and Techniques”.
Nervous about networking? Bodo Felusch’s session is “Don’t panic! …it’s only a network”.
Wireless Microphone Training
Wrangling wireless microphone and IEM systems is something we can all improve our skills with, right? At the Live Sound Summit hear from the founder of rfscans.com, Pasi Manninen. His talk is titled “How to Share and Interpret RF Spectrum Data”.
Ever wonder what “The 7 Most Common Problems with Wireless Mic Systems, and How You Can Solve Them” are? Well, Karl Winkler, the VP of Lectrosonics knows and tells us!
Here’s a clip from the summit where Karl answers the question, “Which wireless frequency band should we be buying wireless audio gear in the United States in 2019”
System Design and Tuning
System design and tuning is covered extensively by the following speakers:
- Arthur Skudra, Smaart Trainer and Consultant at Sightsound Consulting on “Single Channel Measurements: Surprisingly useful”
Here’s a clip where Arthur shows the difference between waveform, spectrum, impulse response, and transfer function measurements.
- Thomas Neumann, Creator of SATlive and LevelCheck taught on Dual-FFT Measurements.
- Explore “System Tuning for Concert vs Theatre” with Alex Ritter, Master Sound Engineer at the Guthrie theater and System Engineer on the Lynyrd Skynyrd Tour.
Check out this steller list of other speakers:
Darryn de la Soul, the founder of Soulsound, delivered the Keynote. She is an expert on helping engineers find work in the live sound industry and has some essential tips for getting hired!
Alex Fiennes, Senior Developer at Vypr shared about “Working With Deaf Artists”. This was fascinating.
Michael Krieg, System designer, technician, and operator talked about “How to Select an Amplifier”. Wondering the difference between class A, B, AB, and H amplifiers? You’ll understand them all after watching Michael’s session!
Stephen Pavlik, Touring Monitor Engineer and RF Technician for Eli Young Band addressed, “Digital RF: The Future of Wireless?”
Aleš Štefančič, Monitor Mixer for Siddharta and Independent System Consultant shared, “What I Learned from My Worst Shows”.
Jon Burton, FOH and monitor engineer for Radiohead, Suede, Pulp, Stereophonics, and The Prodigy taught on “Same Difference: Adapting Sound Reinforcement and Mixing for Each Artist”
In this clip, Jon talks about his thought process when deciding which digital audio console to bring out on his current tour.
Ken ‘Pooch’ Van Druten, FOH engineer for Travis Scott, Iron Maiden, Jay-Z, and Justin Bieber takes us through his Digico SD7 Console Prep and file for this tour with Iron Maiden. He shares a lot about how the drums are mic’d and mixed.
Here’s a clip where Pooch tells us about his “good cop” and “bad cop” busses setup for his drums routing on the Iron Maiden tour.
Want to be prepared with any mix that a broadcast engineer or anyone else asks you for? Here Pooch talks about how he sets his audio console session up on every show with stems so that he can always say yes to a broadcast engineer or anyone else that needs a mix from his board.
Scott Adamson, FOH for Passion Pit, Haim, Matt Kim, St. Vincent, and Sleater-Kinney teaches us all how he runs his current tour with the Pop/Rock band Haim using snapshots and timecode!
And last but not least you will hear from Dan Dugan about his legendary auto mixer! He explains how the “Gain Sharing Automatic Microphone Mixing Moves from Secret Weapon to Mainstream”.
It’s time to set some time aside to learn a whole bunch of things that will help you succeed in this industry and build your confidence for the next time you are designing a system, setting up wireless mics, mixing your next event, or talking shop with the crew.