Mixing a Musical

Broadway Theatrical Sound Techniques

By Shannon Slaton

© 2011 – Focal Press

232 pages

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Paperback: 9780240817590
pub: 2011-08-18
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About the Book

When mixing a live show, for the first time or hundredth time, there are countless things running through your mind, foremost- this is live and you have to get it right!

Whether you are working on Broadway, in a regional theatre or on the school production, having an understanding of the equipment, set up, and how sound behaves is crucial to the success of your show's performance.

In this guide to live sound mixing for theatre, Shannon Slaton shares his expert knowledge and proven, effective techniques acquired from years of experience working on Broadway shows.

Written in a clear and easy to read style, and illustrated with real world examples of personal experience and professional interviews, Slaton shows you how how to mix live theatre shows from the basics of equipment, set ups, and using sound levels to creating atmosphere, emotion and tension to ensure a first rate performance every time.

Reviews

"When mixing a live show, for the first time or hundredth time, there are countless things running through your mind, foremost- this is live and you have to get it right! Whether you are working on Broadway, in a regional theatre or on the school production, having an understanding of the equipment, set up, and how sound behaves is crucial to the success of your show's performance. In this guide to live sound mixing for theatre, Shannon Slaton shares his expert knowledge and proven, effective techniques acquired from years of experience working on Broadway shows. Written in a clear and easy to read style, and illustrated with real world examples of personal experience and professional interviews, Slaton shows you how to mix live theatre shows from the basics of equipment, set ups, and using sound levels to creating atmosphere, emotion and tension to ensure a first rate performance every time."--Book Bargains And Previews.com

"Sound designer Shannon Slaton has written a new book on theatre sound, Mixing a Musical: Broadway Theatrical Sound Techniques. The book is aimed at theatre sound design on many levels, from Broadway to regional theatre to school production. Slaton, a regular contributor to Live Design, shares his proven, effective techniques acquired over years of experience working on Broadway shows."--LiveDesignOnline.com

Table of Contents

Part I - The Career Path

What does it mean to be a Theatrical Mixer?

Musicals versus Plays

Different Positions in Theatrical Sound

Different Levels of Theatrical Sound

Small-scale, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway

Part II - The Prep

Design Team's Job

Mixer's job

The Shop

Build Schedule

Build Techniques

Paperwork

Video

Testing

Packing

Part III - The Take-In

Design Team's job

Mixer's job

Unions

Local One

Equity

Pink Contracts

The Schedule

Take-in Techniques

Part IV - Tech

Design Team's job

Mixer's job

The Schedule

Techniques

Part V - The Run

Design Team's job

Mixer's job

Part VI - The Take-Out

Design Team's job

Mixer's job

Techniques

About the Author

Shannon Slaton designed the tours for Aeros, Kiss Me Kate, The Full Monty, Hairspray, Sweeney Todd, and The Wizard of Oz. His Broadway mixing experience includes A Christmas Carol, Jersey Boys, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Drowsy and Legally Blonde. He is also the Production Sound for The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and the US National tour.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TEC001000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Acoustics & Sound