Live Sound Survival Giveaway!

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[The Giveaway is now over. Congratulations to Rene Patrique for winning a copy of Live Sound Survival. If you still want a copy you should grab one here.]

Exciting week ahead!

I’m releasing my new eBook, Live Sound Survival on Wednesday but I wanted to give you guys a chance to win a copy before it comes out.

All you gotta do is comment on this post and let me know why you should receive a copy. Tell me about your live sound experiences and what problems you’ve had in the past.

Who knows, maybe I’ll have the answer in the book.

LiveSoundSurvival3D-COVERHere’s some of the stuff you will learn from Live Sound Survival:

  • The invaluable checklist for your gig. Don’t leave home without these things.
  • The vintage way of running an open mic performance.
  • Sneaky psychological tactics to making the band sound good.
  • 5 quick-start steps for setting up a successful live show.
  • The biggest – and maybe most common – sound-tech mistake you DON’T want to make.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Gotta wait til Wednesday.

I turn it over to you. Let me know about your live sound life!

Winners will be selected and contacted via email on Wednesday.

  • Howell Selburn

    I trained as an Audio Engineer when I was younger but not Sound Reinforcement. I regret not learning Live Sound at the time and I love it. I believe this book will help me immensely.

  • David

    Hey Björgvin, thanks for this wonderful giveaway and for what you share with the world!
    I have been studying audio engineering for half a year now and I am developing my skills in both listening, recording and producing music. During this lapse of time I’ve been applying and practicing what you share here on the blog in my mixes; in just a few months I have had the opportunity to create and produce AMAZING and GOOD SOUNDING music. Since my main goal, for the past months was to acquire the basic knowledge of sound engineering, I feel I am now ready to take a step further in the field of live sound engineering, to take care of the performance of some bands and to develop a better understanding of the whole world of audio recording. So… I feel it’s time to make the necessary next-step, to evolve 🙂 And I hope to receive a copy of your new ebook because this is the stuff I am deeply interested in.
    Good luck everyone!

  • Learn about sound? Free stuff? I’m in! 🙂

  • Hi Bjorgvin,

    Your articles have been a great help in getting my mixes to sound more commercial. I don’t do much live sound but occasionally, I get called up to do it. It’s not quite like working on DAW, now is it? Or IS it? Do the same rules apply to live sound regarding EQ, etc.?


  • Hi Björgvin! – I’d really like to win your new eBook on doing the LIVE job as an engineer, because I have my first gig EVER as a LIVE audio engineer on 2013-04-30 – I will mix the band “D.W. KING” from Germany, which does a show at my hometown – their usual mixing guy has a double booking, and so they asked me if I could get a PA anywhere and if I could mix them. – Without having my own PA, I said “YES!” and jumped into the cold water. – A friend of mine borrows me a small PA (big enough for the location, though), I’ll use the 24 Track mixer + rack from my little homestudio (it has never been out to a LIVE gig before!) and the band and me will put all the stuff together wel’ll need on top of that (mics, micstands, cables, …). – The band is as follows: Lead singer (male), 2 background singers (female), e-bass, e-guitar, full drum kit, and a keyboarder playing organ and some horn-section parts. – I am a little bit nervous to be honest, phoning everyone I know to get some spear-equipment for the case that anything will not work. – SO: Your eBook could really help me out here in terms of checking if I really have all things together I’ll need – I’d be more than thankful if you’d choose me as a winner! – :o) – Thanks for the opportunity to win, and thank you for your great tips you sent out via eMail so far – I am looking forward to read more of your advice, the one way (eBook) or the other (eMails) !! – Cheers from Germany – Regards, Rene

  • Fernando Rodriguez

    Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with us through this book. I am a beginner live sound recording person and fell that the information in this book will provide me with invaluable information resulting in my being able to record live sound correctly. Thanks again. I would love to own this book.

  • Playing live dance music has meant I am typically performing with DJs, whose live sound concerns are significantly different from my own. I’ve experienced a few minor disasters as a result of having to be responsible for my own sound for lack of a dedicated live sound engineer, so this book is probably a must-have for me.

  • I also learned about audio engineering, when we had nothing but tape, but there were no classes for live sound back then. You had to have a mentor or someone willing to let you hang around. Now that I have a home studio, I am the engineer, sound guy and producer for our musical comedy band (see website). Given that it is musical comedy, the clarity of the lyrics are important, and I need to do a better job to make sure the drummer, bassist (me) or the lead guitarist isn’t drowning out the lyrics. I would love the chance to receive this book, and help improve my limited skills. Your two other books have been a god-spend. Thanks!

  • I’m currently in the middle of a ten month tour. I run sound for an international children’s choir. I’ve had no previous training so I’m just learning as I go. I’ve learned a lot so far, but I feel like there are still a lot of foundational holes in my knowledge of live sound. I’m hoping that this book could fill in those holes and help me get rid of some bad habits before they start.

  • Dion V

    I am just beginning to learn about audio recording, volunteering with my local community cable TV station, and on my own. Already I have encountered issues with live sound while working on a new reality TV show with the community cable station. I can’t afford to go back to school right now, so I’m getting my hands on whatever information I can. I sure would appreciate a copy of you ebook to work from. Thanks.

  • I am always trying to improve my sound, both live and recorded. Live can be a challange with room issues. I want my sound warm, clear and present without being over powering. Hope your new ebook can help. Thanks, John

  • Alan

    Hello Björgvin, I’m the head of my church’s audio department. That being said, I am training volunteers how to do live audio from scratch so I look for articles to help articulate the areas that we’re teaching. Even though you talk mostly on recording, mix down and engineering I have found using your articles help immensely ( sometimes when someone says the something with different words the light clicks on). I’m excited to hear you now have a book on live audio. Prob the most challenging thing beside wall bounce, undersized system, “hey turn me up in my monitor I can’t hear, brother” is matching gain structure between a lavalier mic and standard wireless so when we transition from music to spoken word the levels don’t drop off. I started live back in the sixties with my band. I’ve done the mix for TV broadcast as well. Keep it up and congrats. Hey everyone, keep it up! There’s nothing like playing with sounds.

  • Barry

    Hi There ,my name is Barry and I play with a band every Fridays and sometimes on a Saturday in a small wine bar, I’ve been doing it now for two years and every night the mic’s feedback and make boomy noise,I’d love to tell the sound man to take out so much kHz or add so much kHz to get rid of the boom and feedback,respect to you.

  • johnnyb

    Hi Björgvin.

    I’m a singer-songwriter who sometimes fronts a band, too. I’m working hard to learn about recording, mixing and live sound.
    I’ve learned a lot from you, and I’d like to think I’m a work-in-progress.
    Live sound is a real part of gigging, and any ways to simplify it and sound better would be a real help.
    I look forward to “Live Sound Survival”, and if it’s anything like your “Mixing Strategies” (which I have), we’re in for a real treat!

  • I set up the live sound for my own band and would like to improve the result.
    Our main issue is getting the balance right between the miked vocals (through our PA) and the guitars (through amps) and drums. Sometimes we are told afterwards that either the instruments or the vocals were too loud in relation to the other. I’m also starting to do sound for others (various configurations) in a local venue and don’t want to look like a bozo! I have several years of practical experience, but no actual training, so I may have developed some inadvertent bad habits. I would greatly appreciate a good source for info on EQ, balance, feedback issues, room issues, and equipment failure mitigation.

  • Tony Snow

    Hi, My wife is a high school chorus and drama teacher. I work with her students throughout the year on topics ranging from how to cope with what your voice sounds like through a pa / stage monitor to teaching them how to mic and present stage performances. I also play drums in a small and not very successful band.

    Any thing that I can help these students learn that will increase thier understanding and enjoyment of music or theatrical production is an investment in the future of all performances.

  • David

    Thank you for this free offer! I do live sound twice a week on a volunteer basis for my church. I have no formal training and everything I have learned comes from the people who did my job before me during my 5 years experience. Picking people’s brains has been great but your tips have given me a much more in depth understanding. I love doing live sound and I know your book will be a tremendous help. Thanks again!

  • As a lifetime performer I mostly relied on others when it came to live sound. Now, my son and I just started a new company with a small stage for rentals and decided to add a small, but high quality audio system. We do well, but I know we could do better. I’ve already used several of the tips in your emails, so I’m sure this book would be a great help! Thanks and keep up the great job.

  • Slim

    Singers’ mic always goes feedback. Seems like the sound engneer has a whistle button.

  • Hi Im a solo acoustic artist musician from New Zealand, playing couple hundred shows a year, mostly on a small scale…using my own gear etc. Getting acoustic guitar and voice to sound not just good but amazing is a constant challenge for me, as there is nowhere to hide when you are performing by yourself.. (even throughout a show the sound changes with the amount of people & even air temperature seems to affect it)? More knowlege and a better understanding of how it all works would be such a great help to me. I’ve been reading you articles for a while now and been picking up some good tips and ideas & having a whole book on the subject at my fingertips would be great for my understanding and hopefully lift my sound quality up to another level. Either way keep up the good work and your sharing of knowlege, its always appreciated, cheers midge

  • The thing about music is when it hits u feel no pain!! Insane site glad I stumbled apoun this gem….keepitup!!

  • Kevin

    I’m in a band, and we want to play more gigs, but we know almost nothing about live sound setups.

  • Phil jones

    We’re just starting out as a new band and we could do with all the sound advice and help we can get our hands on. Excellent site and tips

  • LIke the old joke goes, I used to be in a band, now I just play with myself. In all the times I was in a band I never took the time to learn the proper setup for mics and positions of amps. I just figured I was the star so why worry about that stuff. Now that Im on the recording end of it I wish I would have paid more attention to that poor guy running around making me sound good. I have had a couple of bands come to the studio and for the most part get a decent sound. Luckily for me they all have been going for that Lo-Fi sound so it was not much of a problem. I bet the book will help me get over this hump and be able to put out some amazing live stuff in the future.


  • Rene T.St. Jacques

    Thank you Björgvin Benediktsson for each of your wonderfully informative and inspiring
    emails .. much appreciated ..!!
    Yes your emails do help me solve and understand better audio issues ..!
    Cheers .. all the best .. , live your sound ..!!
    Sincerely, Rene

  • Keith

    because of tired of my band sounding like crap live

  • My name is David Santiago Daza Pulido, I’m from Bogotá, Colombia and I play with my heavy rock/punk/alternative/ band called “The WorkManShip”. This past days we’ve bought our first sound system, and we’re planing to tour all over the country. But, as we don’t have any sound engineer until now, we have had to be the sound-techs ourselves, and sometimes we rock the house, and sometimes we don’t. We would like to receive some helpful advice from an expert like you, as we’ve received in the recording area. Thank you very much!!

  • Chase Welch

    I am comfortable in a studio environment, but have been dabbling in live sound the past year or so, engineering for a few bands. It is a completely different world and I would like a much more thorough understanding so I can feel as comfortable behind a live board as I do sitting at a DAW or studio console.

  • unplugged sessions needs a special kind of knowledge

  • Jay Schell

    I’ve been a guitarist/vocalist since the 80s…dealt with every kind of Anomoly including playing SAMS on lookout mountain in golden colorado where you got all the broadcast towers and we had to wrap all our amp tubes and guitar pots with tin foil just to do the Gig…CRAZY.. but Ide like to know more on PHASE CANCELLATION vs. MIC PLACEMENT TO MONITOR/AMP PLACEMENT ETC…and how does STEVE VIA GET THAT FEEDBACK CONTROL TO SWING HIS AXE ALL OVER THE STAGE AND STILL MANAGE THE “SWEET SPOT ” NO MATTER WHERE HE GOES lots of these little tricks Ide like to be able to incorporate into live shows !!! THANKS FOR CONSIDERING ME FOR “THE BOOK”


  • As an engineer that started in theatre and migrated to live reinforcement, this book sounds as if it would help me iron-our some of the issues that my business partner and I have run in to on live gigs and possibly help to communicate issues that we need to work with the bands on.

  • Nick Trass

    Live mixing is the one skill that I’ve struggled with for years. I’m hoping to get experience soon while traveling with a band for their live shows, but I don’t feel like I have enough knowledge for doing this yet. Your book could make the difference I need to pull it off. Hope I’m in with a chance of winning it 🙂

  • Sangeet Anshuman

    Hey Björgvin!
    You’ve been a silent guide and philosopher to me. I am still studying audio engineering and it gets difficult scouring for material on such a new, fresh and practical driven profession. I have followed you ardently and will continue to do so. The launch of your new book has got me excited, but i don’t know if i can order in in India. I would love a free copy sent my way!! Maybe my college people here in SAE will like it and i’ll push it to sell it and hopefully you’ll get a bigger order!! 😀
    see you on the other side!!

  • christoph

    i want to start mixing live bands, some checklists and organization plan would be very nice to have.. Just in case i miss something that i never thought of before….

  • I have been a sound engineer for almost 25 years. The last few years i quit being a engineer for my job and switched to being envolved in to (live) audio for the fun…It is more fun to work as a sound engineer from the hobby perspective as it was for a job…Now i can do wat i like instead of working for clients i cannot relate with.
    I really like your comments and blogs about sound enginering !. A few pointers from my side : If you want to be a good sound engineer trust your ears and your gut feeling. My advise on live sound : Make the musicians on stage happy. Then you are free to work your way to the room. Do listen to the audience, they are your clients, but count on your own ears. A good sound engineer can make a good show not depending on the quality of the equipment (within limits offcoarse…) So it is not really important to have the top of the bill equipment. It does not make the sound good, it makes it better. You are responsible for the ‘good’ part of the sound. After 25 years i am still eager to learn, so if…..

  • Thanks for all your great info on live sound recording. Have taken on board some of your applications. There have been many live sound issues that I have had to deal with but one that I had always bothered me was voice sound quality loss and drop offs in the total mix through the PA when using mixer and speakers without any other gear to control sound when playing live. I experimented with different mixes etc but finally came up with the idea of using one mixer but separating voices and instruments by directing vocals and instruments into different boxes. As musos there were always lots of PA boxes, someone had a mixer but not much else. This idea worked brilliantly and with not much stuff to cart around. Voices sounded clear with full frequencies and no drop outs or distortion and the instruments sounded great. Also there was wider frequency mixing control on the vocals separately from the instruments. Not a comment so much about live studio recording but we did occasionally record our live performances and got great recordings after setting up in the above method. Robert Carl Richard

  • Joe Lahart

    Hi Björgvin
    First of all thank you for all your posts and comments I find them really helpfull and interesting.
    The reason I need the Live Sound Engineering Book is because I have been studying Sound Engineering for the last two years and over the last two months I have got a gig doing live sound at an evangelical church which seats 1100 people. On a Sunday which is the main service there can be up to 25 people on the stage , 15 people in the choir and then several guitarists, bass, drums, keyboards etc. They use a Yamaha M7CL as the main mixer. I have approximately 40 to 45 min to set up mica do line checks and then sound check the choir and band. It is real pressure, especially if ther are any problems. I also have to deal with various people who have a little knowledge and keep interfereing making the situation even more tense. I believe your book would give me an insider look on how to deal with common situations that arise in the live sound industry.
    Wishing you much success with your new venture.
    Joe Lahart

  • Hi from Spain!

    Trying to sound great live, without tech, without not much equipment, with band egos, and nervous and pressure it´s not easy. I hope this book helps me and helps the whole band. I need arguments so they believe me when I try to help us. That´s why I would like to receive this book!

    We are a not so young band (round 30), not teen at least, trying to do things right, and more or less in the right order. I follow all your mails and advices, and have some or your material. It´s quite cool. Thanks!

  • Dex Low

    Hey, I’ve been doing live mixing for a couple of years now, and while the gigs aren’t downright terrible, there is always these couple of problems that I neither understand nor am able to fix. Thus, I hope your book can help make a difference in the way I mix live, and help reduce my frustration when something goes wrong and I am sitting there not knowing what is wrong.

  • Alberto Alonso

    Hi. Good initiative, thank you for this. I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina. In my country there are several limitations to the import of audio equipment. As a singer and my band, we have to manage with the little equipment available, sometimes very old or of poor quality. So we have to use imagination and many of the tips that you offer free via e-mail. I would love to have this book and learn directly from him. Thank you again. Greetings.


  • Greg Bolton

    I currently work for a cover band in my area to make a few extra bucks. It is a great learning experience for me because I can learn on the job without worrying about paying customers getting annoyed with my mix. It has allowed me to experiment and really understand WHY some things sound terrible to my ears.
    The majority of ground based knowledge has come from books like ‘Live Sound Handbook’ and ‘Pro Sound Web’ website. A book like this is always great to use to enhance the ground knowledge for out in the field work.


  • Armando

    I have over 10 years sound reinforcement experience , but the last 5 years I’ve been recording. After getting into recording and mixing i realize a bunch of things that i did wrong or could have done better. I would like a copy of your new book to learn some more.