Basic Live Sound Reinforcement: A Practical Guide for Starting Live Audio

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Taylor & Francis Group, Oct 1, 2012 - Music - 379 pages
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The purpose of this book is to provide only the most essential information needed to help the beginning audio engineer or live sound enthusiast get a firm grasp on the essentials basics of live sound reinforcement in order to land and perform their first gig. This book covers must-know topics with enough depth to establish a theoretical and practical understanding while covering often overlooked topics including emerging technologies and trends in the field.

This is the first live sound text to include the use of vocal auto tuners in live venues, as well as the increasingly popular practice of combining analog instruments with digital production and effects during live shows. The author will show you how to access and interpret manufacturer spec information, and discuss shortcuts for plotting the equations needed to measure and test sound and set-ups.



  • The comprehensive glossary will benefit even the most experienced live sound professional
  • Time-saving workflow guidance, such as when and how to incorporate cutting-edge work-arounds-like apps to accomplish quick calculations
  • Whether the performance is analog or digital, this book will improve live sound engineers' understanding of sound and ability to increase the overall quality of their shows

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About the author (2012)

Raven Biederman has taught at the Globe School of Music and the Art Institute of San Francisco. He has worked as FOH mixer at Club Cocomo and other small-to-medium-sized venues. He is founder of Recoil Studios, where he's accumulated numerous album credits.

Penny Pattison has worked as a writing professional, educator, and research expert. Her dual interest in empowering students with accessible and useful information and in participating in small-venue, live-performance culture has led her to enthusiastically lend her skills to serve as the title's coauthor.

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