What Makes a Successful Sound Engineer? (Part 2)

[Guest post by Nathan Lively covering the secular side of pro audio.] Steve Martin once said of success, "Be so good they can't ignore you." I would say that sound engineers have been following Steve Martin's advice forever. They train, go to seminars, and attend workshops. They pursue professional growth and industry improvement. All things that make them good. They are also very humble and ...

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What Makes a Successful Sound Engineer? (Part 1)

What does it take to be successful in live audio production?  To answer this question, I've partnered with professional audio engineer Nathan Lively.  In part 1, I'm looking at it from the point of view of church audio. There are six qualities that make church techs successful.  Some techs have these the moment they start, for others, they develop these skills.   1. Dedication to the ...

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NAMM Notables – New Gear for 2015

The 2015 NAMM convention, in Anaheim, California, saw the release of a variety of music-related gear, from guitars to mixers to microphones.  Focusing on the pro audio side, I can say there are great new products coming to market but a few had me scratching my head. As an aside, this was my first time attending NAMM.  "Kid in a candy store," is about the best way I can describe being ...

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The Biggest Battle an Audio Tech Will Face: Self-Doubt

The stage was set.  The equipment checked and double-checked.  The band was plugged in and ready.  Everything was as expected until they played the first song. it stealthily crept across the sanctuary They sounded horrible.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the musicians were horrible.  The house mix sounded atrocious.  There's always that "singers need to warm up" and "musicians need to ...

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Don’t Blame Your Singers. It’s Your Fault.

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Have we been looking at it all wrong?  We see vocal microphones as the determining factor in sound quality. Truthfully, the factor is largely YOUR work but before we get to that, let’s turn to Bing Crosby. During World War II, he was the #1 American movie actor, the #1 global recording artist, and the host of the top-rated American radio show. Oh, and let's not forget his memorable recording of ...

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