Book Description

If you’ve ever handled live sound, you know the recipe for creating quality live sound requires many steps. Your list of ingredients, shall we say, requires an understanding of sound and how it behaves, the know-how to effectively use a sound system), and the knowledge to choose and use your gear well. Add a dash of miking ability, stir in a pinch of thinking on your feet for when your system starts to hum or the vocals start to feed back, and mix.

In practice, there really is no "recipe" for creating a quality performance. Instead, musicians and engineers who effectively use sound systems have a wealth of knowledge that informs their every move before and during a live performance. You can slowly gather that knowledge over years of live performance, or you can speed up the process with The SOS Guide to Live Sound.

With these pages, you get practical advice that will allow you to accomplish your live-sound goals in every performance. Learn how to choose, set up, and use a live-performance sound system. Get the basics of live-sound mixing, save money by treating your gear well with a crash course in maintenance, and fix issues as they happen with a section on problem-solving, full of real-world situations. You’ll also get information on stage-monitoring, both conventional and in-ear, along with the fundamentals of radio microphones and wireless mixing solutions. Finally, a comprehensive glossary of terminology rounds out this must-have reference.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Preface
  7. 1 Drivers and Loudspeakers
  8. 2 Practical PA Systems
  9. 3 Live-sound Monitoring Options
  10. 4 Audio Mixers
  11. 5 Microphones
  12. 6 DI Boxes
  13. 7 Other PA Components
  14. 8 Equalisers And Effects
  15. 9 Managing The Backline
  16. 10 Radio Microphones And Guitar Systems
  17. 11 Microphone Choice And Placement
  18. 12 The Role Of The Mix Engineer
  19. 13 The Technical Stuff
  20. Glossary
  21. Index