How Can the Worst Job in the World Also Be the Most Fun?
Learn How to Master the Art of Small System Live Sound
If you would like to learn how to become a kick-ass, in-demand live sound engineer that all the bands want to know, even if you've NEVER run live sound before in your life, then the information below will be very interesting to you.
Here's the story:
Way back in my teens, I randomly found myself hired as the live sound engineer at this small venue called The Old Library. It was a cool place, but it had a reputation for having bad sound. It was the venue bands were forced to play at if there was absolutely nowhere else to go.
Little did they know that they weren't exactly hiring someone who knew what they were doing.
I was extremely intimidated by everything surrounding live sound.All these cables everywhere. All these speakers everywhere, both monitors and the P.A. The blinking lights of 24 channels on a mixing board?
In a word, overwhelming.
And you couldn't show your fear because you don't want the band to think that you don' know what you're doing. Oh no, you just had to panic on the inside and slowly figure out how everything worked.
I had no idea how the speakers were supposed to be positioned in a venue. I didn't even know if they sounded good to begin with. I had no idea how sound flowed from a microphone into my mixer and then out to the audience. It was all so complicated.
And don't even get me started on how complex it became when they added a monitor mixer into the mix as well!
2 mixers now?
Double the signal flow and double my headache.
I had no idea how to make the stage sound good. I'd been onstage before as a musician, but I didn't know how to create a good monitor sound. As a musician I always left that up to the sound engineer.
And as cruel fate would have it, now I was the sound engineer.
My heart cracked just a little every time the band got annoyed at me or yelled at me when they couldn't hear themselves on stage. I wasn't cut out for this. I obviously wasn't good enough to help these bands out.
Who was I fooling?
And every show had multiple bands with different requirements. It was so stressful to keep track of all the instruments everyone was playing. They changed from band to band and
And the bands were always late. Sometimes so late that we didn't even get to sound-check properly. That usually meant that the first band pretty much sucked while I was scrambling to get a good sound going. I can still remember the faces of disgust in the audience, all looking at me and whispering about how I obviously had no clue what I'm doing.
And at this point you might think I was making all this stuff up. But it's actually all true. It was nauseatingly stressful to begin with.
But guess what?
It got better.
I actually learned how to run sound. And I did it really, really well.
In under a year the Old Library became a hot place to play. I learned the best ways to make the band happy. I bought extra monitors and made sure the stage sound was as good as possible. And with a happy band came a kick-ass sound. The mixer didn't scare me anymore. I had mastered every single rule of signal flow and wielded my audio with ease.
I learned how to position the stage and the P.A. to make the band sound better. The audience wasn't looking at me in disgust anymore. They looked with admiration, and countless people came to me just to compliment the quality of the sound.
Sure, the bands kept coming late but I knew how to handle them. I knew my mixer inside and out. I knew the best way to place every amplifier, microphone and monitor.
The sound of the Old Library became an extension of myself. Even if we didn't have time to sound-check it didn't matter. I could get a good drum sound in my sleep.
And that's what I want to teach you today.
Introducing Live Sound Survival - Big Sounds Out of Small Systems
My eBook, Live Sound Survival: Big Sounds out of Small Systems will teach you everything you need to know about running live sound.
Here's what you'll learn:
- If you learn these basic live sound principles you can do any gig, from the smallest bar to the largest arenas.
- The invaluable checklist for your gig. Don’t leave home without these things.
- 5 quick-start steps for setting up a successful live show.
- How to make a business out of your live sound skills.
- You’ll never need to buy all the equipment you need for a live show. Use this little technique to save money while still sounding good.
- The unusual way you can work your way into the live sound industry.
- The awesome benefits of having a small sound system.
- Exactly what to pack when a rock band rolls into town.
- The one thing you’ll always need, but never remember to bring enough of.
- How to set up for the 3 most common live sound scenarios.
- The vintage way of running an open mic performance.
- The only time you should ever use just one mic on stage.
- Sneaky psychological tactics to making the band sound good.
- Why you live and die by your cables.
- A special way to mic up your bluegrass band.
- The biggest – and maybe most common – sound-tech mistake you DON’T want to make.
- The big difference between mixing a techno group and a rock band.
- Why you could forget the microphones at home for some acts, and it wouldn’t even matter.
- Learn how to experience music from a perspective no one else gets.
"Benediktsson's Live Sound Survival eBook is hundreds of dollars (and many hours) of classroom instruction packed into 59 easy to understand pages. Read this, go out and do it, read it again, rinse, repeat, and you'll be proficient in live sound mixing in no time. Thanks for a wonderfully written guidebook!"
Works on any digital device
Live Sound Survival comes in PDF, ePub and Mobi formats. They allow you to pull up the eBook on any device. Whether you want to read it on your iPhone, Kindle or computer, these formats allow you to easily access the book at a moment's notice.
You can even take your tablet or phone to the show. That way you'll have a live sound assistant with you at all times.
You'll Also Learn:
- How to create a no-stress show, even when there are 5 different bands and 5,000 things to remember.
- The honest truth about the tough life of a sound engineer.
- Never get intimidated by a mixing board again. Learn one channel and you’ll learn them all.
- How the lack of a simple mic stand can turn a wedding into a complete disaster
- The 3 instantly-effective live sound mics for any gig.
- Why I swear by this swiss-army knife of a microphone. The one that works for anything from drum overheads to presidential speeches.
- A “real-life” insight into turning any bar into a concert venue.
- The single most important solution for avoiding feedback.
- The #1 rule of signal flow
- The simple 10 step solution for bringing your show to life
- How to mix both monitors and front of house at the same time.
- Why it’s so important to use a graphic equalizer for your monitor mix, and how to get it as loud as possible.
- How to produce an awesome stage sound, one that’ll make any band love and remember you.
- A complete description of all the equipment you’ll need for a successful live show.
- A quick cure for feedback: Make your frequency response flat for a louder sound.
- The surprising way to eliminate feedback is to actually make your speakers scream with feedback. Weird but true.
- How to test if your sound system sounds good, by using your own favorite music.
- The 4 things to keep in mind when you’re testing your P.A.
- The stupid, idiot mistake people do when listening to their speakers.
- 7 live mixing tips you can use at your next gig.
- The #1 instrument to mix right and you’ll win the crowd over.
- Exactly where to put the monitors for a great stage sound and a happy band.
- The best way to deal with loud guitar amplifiers and over-zealous guitarists.
- Know when to let the band mix itself.
- Why monitor mixing can be just as much fun, if not more, than front of house mixing.
- Why making the band happy should be your first priority
- The difference between delay and reverb, and when you should use which.
- The simple 80/20 rule on breaking into the live sound industry.
- How to keep calm and carry on, even when nothing’s working.
- Why harassment is the best way to get noticed in this industry.
- The truth behind your last gig, and why it’s the only thing that matters in your career.
- The real reason you will never forget a feedback frequency.
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Really appreciated the tips regarding both equipment and set-ups. Also liked the tips on using EQ’s and what to take into consideration when doing both FOH and monitor mix. This book is perfect to let you get a grip of what you really needs to get your job done.
Live Sound Survival Plus
Included in the Plus package is an interview with Chris Huff from BehindTheMixer.com. He's been mixing live sound for 20 years and is a pool of knowledge when it comes to live sound, with a particular expertise in church sound.
In the interview we discuss such live sound situations as:
- How to break into the live sound industry
- How to stroke a band's ego(or NOT!)
- How to get a good monitor sound
- How to avoid all the most common live sound mistakes
The interview is both in audio and written format so you can listen or read, according to your own preference.
Quick Solutions for Your Live Sound Problems
Also included in the Plus package is my Quick Solutions to Common Live Sound Problems slide-deck. It gives you practical solutions to many of the most common problems you'll encounter with live sound.
- The difference between EQ'ing instrument on stage and in the studio.
- Which frequencies are more prone to feedback.
- An in-depth overview of the frequency spectrum and where to EQ to get the most out of your concert.
- How to deal with the most annoying killer of good live sound, that awful muddiness.
- How to make DI'd acoustic guitars sound natural.
- How to bring a dull P.A. back to life.
- How to stop the vocal from being drowned out by other instruments.
- How to mic the stage(it's simpler than you think)
- And what to do with an echo-y venue.
I've been considering getting into live sound for a long time now but it always seems so technical and experience-based! Your ebook breaks it down into easy-to-read, bite-size pieces that are simple enough for me to grasp, but detailed enough for me to understand. I plan to read it again a few times, there's a lot of great information in there and the intimidating field of live sound now seems suddenly accessible. Thank you!
Live Sound Survival
Live Sound Survival - Big Sounds out of Small Systems eBook
- Live Sound Survival eBook
- PDF, ePub & Mobi for all eReader
Live Sound Survival Plus
eBook + Interview + Quick Solutions
- Live Sound Survival eBook
- PDF, ePub & Mobi for all eReader
- Interview (PDF & Mp3) with Chris Huff, 20 year veteran of the live sound industry
- Quick Solutions to Common Live Sound Problems
I think your book is excellent, and a real help for someone like me who is just starting to be involved with sound reinforcement (previously I have looked at it from the other side i.e. the stage as a bass player). I have found it an excellent introduction to the craft.
The Big Sounds Out of Small Systems most applies to me (I have a Mackie ProFX16, powered FOH, powered monitors, dbx 31 graphics, dbx compressor/limiters).
The EQ section has helped me the most though the positioning of mikes was helpful too. And I found the interview with Chris Huff most interesting.
I'm so confident that you'll learn a ton of stuff from Live Sound Survival. It will teach you everything you need to know on how to set up and run a live show. But in case it doesn't, don't worry! I offer a full, no-risk, money back guarantee.
If you are not satisfied with your purchase, let me know within 60 days and I will happily refund your money, no questions asked.
If you’re not happy, I’m not happy.
The small to rock band tips helped a lot. I feel starting small will only help me and I already mix live for a rock band that provides their own stuff. It's always fun working with multiple genres and I feel a small concert area will do that.
Easy to read, easy to understand, and the advice makes a lot of sense. I especially liked the introduction, and the description of three typical setups simplifies and clarifies everything. Very good read!
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Who am I and what kind of a name is Bjorgvin?!?
Hi. I’m Björgvin Benediktsson. I’m an audio engineer, musician and writer. I’m an Alumni from the SAE Institute and I've been working in the audio industry since 2006.
I've worked in live sound doing huge concerts back home in my native Iceland (that's where the name is from), recording bands in Madrid, Spain (where I went to audio engineering school) or producing, recording and mixing my own band today in Tucson, Arizona (I get around a lot...).
Through these diverse experiences I've grown to learn one thing:
I love teaching you how to make an impact with your music and audio production.
I've taught thousands of up and coming home studio producers such as yourself how to make an impact with their music through Audio Issues since 2011.
If I can help somebody improve the sound of their music and that helps them get extra fans and exposure I think I've done a great job.
I believe in sharing my knowledge with everyone and through Audio Issues I've been able to do that. I might not have won any Grammys but I enjoy being the person that inspires others to make great music while aspiring to learn as much as there is to know (and pay forward!).
That's what I'm all about. I've learned a lot from working in the industry since 2006 and I hope my knowledge can become your shortcut to taking your mixes to the next level.
No technical theory. No jargon rambling. Just quick and easy practical tips to you get you up and running your next live sound show in no time.
I hope to see you on the inside.
Thank you for sharing your experience to improve my work... ; )
I like your training materials. Well produced, focused, and a pleasure to watch and learn from.
Live Sound Survival is guaranteed to help your live sound shows. Whether you're an engineer that wants to break into the live industry or a musician that just wants to know how to make their band sound better, this eBook is stock full of information on how to achieve those goals.
But it's not for everyone. I'm not teaching you how to become a rockstar live engineer. I'm not saying you couldn't end up as one, but that's not where you start.
You start with the knowledge of your equipment, the desire to be a part of the performance and the toughness to want to stick it through. There are long hours and low pay ahead, but I promise you, it will be completely worth it.
That's my guarantee right there.