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1st Edition

The SOS Guide to Live Sound
Optimising Your Band's Live-Performance Audio

ISBN 9780415843034
Published June 17, 2014 by Routledge
304 Pages

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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


Chapter 1 — Drivers and Loudspeakers

Chapter 2 — Practical PA Systems

Chapter 3 — Live-sound Monitoring Options

Chapter 4 — Audio Mixers

Chapter 5 — Microphones

Chapter 6 — DI Boxes

Chapter 7 — Other PA Components

Chapter 8 — Equalisers And Effects

Chapter 9 — Managing The Backline

Chapter 10 — Radio Microphones And Guitar Systems

Chapter 11 — Microphone Choice And Placement

Chapter 12 — The Role Of The Mix Engineer

Chapter 13 — The Technical Stuff


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Paul White is Editor-In-Chief of Sound On Sound. Trained in electronics, he has been recording music since the 1970s. He also performs and mixes live gigs, and is the author of a number of music recording textbooks.