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Mixing Live Sound - Techniques For Achieving A Great Live Sound

For most musicians, getting the best sound isn't just limited to the studio. In this topic you'll learn the basics of live sound and how to help achieve the best sound live, whether mixing your own band or others. You'll learn the basics of getting the best sound no matter what venue you're at, and how to make the best of whatever setup you're presented with. With tips and techniques from industry pros you'll learn how to get the best sound on whatever budget you have.

How to Mix In-Ear Monitors
In-ear monitors aren't a novelty anymore; many artists are now transitioning to in-ear monitors, and that number keeps growing by the day. In this article, you'll learn the basics of mixing in-ear monitors -- and how to keep the musician you're mixing for happy from the first note.

Monitor Mixing 101
Mixing monitors is one of the most frustrating things for new live sound engineers to learn. In this article, you'll learn the basics of mixing monitors, from ringing out your EQ to making good in-ear monitor mixes.

Earplugs 101
Of all the tools in your musician's arsenal, your ears are the most valuable (and irreplaceable). Keeping your ears in good shape is of utmost importance; in this article, you'll learn the basics of using earplugs to help conserve your hearing.

The Basics of Hearing Health & Protection
Sound is everywhere -- and unfortunately, lots of that sound can be damaging to our hearing health. In this article, you'll learn the basics of protecting your hearing -- your most valuable instrument.

Mixing In-Ear Monitors
More and more musicians are going in-ear, and whether you're mixing for a band or mixing for yourself, mixing in-ear monitors can be quite a bit different than mixing conventional wedge monitors -- and this step-by-step guide will help you learn how to do it right!

How to Eliminate Monitor Feedback
Feedback is one of the most annoying -- and potentially dangerous -- issues when mixing live sound. In this article, you'll learn, step by step, how to eliminate feedback in a monitoring system. Knowing how to "ring out" your monitors with EQ is the first step to a happy stage!

Mixing Live Sound with VCAs
If you're a live sound engineer, you've probably come across boards with VCAs -- Voltage Controlled Amplifiers. Mixing with VCAs is one of the easiest ways to manage multiple inputs. This free tutorial explains what VCAs are and how easy they are to use!

The Basics of Live Sound
Mixing live sound for the first time? Looking for a way to make your band sound better live? Take a look inside the basics of mixing live sound, including setting levels, using outboard equipment like compressors and effects, and mixing monitors.

Mixing Monitors - Keeping the Band Happy
As a live sound guy, mixing monitors can be one of the hardest jobs possible - you're the one who's responsible for making the band happy! Check out our quick guide on how to mix monitors - both wedge and in-ear!

All About Stage Monitoring
A guide to the differences and advantages of both speaker monitoring and in-ear monitoring geared towards both working musicians and home recording engineers.

ProSoundWeb | The Old Soundman
A hilarious question & answer page with the experienced - and equally grizzled - Old Sound Man at Pro Sound Web!

PSW Pro Audio Community Forums
A great forums site for the advanced sound engineers looking for a place to converse about topics, tips, and tricks in the industry.

A Life In Sound - Three Decades Of Revolutions
Over his thirty year career, Bruce Jackson has mixed some of the world's biggest artists starting out on primative gear to today's large scale systems. A very interesting read on the developments of live sound from a very experienced engineer and equipment designer.

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