Live Sound for Musicians
What’s the purpose of a DI box? Should I mic my amp or use the line out to the board? Who the hell designed this soundboard? Setting up sound for a live show is no simple ordeal. Most musicians, from amateur to hobbyist to pro, have learned lots of bits and pieces along the way, but having a solid understanding of how all that equipment fits together can make your shows a lot easier and better sounding. Whether you play world-class venues, hire a sound guy, or run it yourself, every member of the band should have a solid handle on the basics.
What you need to know to run your next show: Crash Course to Live Sound
Flashband and Chuck Levins are hosting a live sound class to help you do this. We’ll start super basic – what’s a DI box and why would you use it? What are the different mic types? We’ll cover some more advanced topics, like the huge variety of sound board configurations and how to balance levels to improve sound quality in different rooms. And we’ll cover some useful techniques, like tips for troubleshooting problems and how to set up faster. Some of the topics include:
--Navigating any mixing board – what to do when you walk into a venue and they have a board you’ve never seen before.
--Hooking up the board and all that other equipment:
--The differences between SM58 vs. SM57, dynamic vs. condenser microphones and more, when to use them and how much it actually matters.
--The difference between all those cable types – speaker vs. instrument cables and how they’re different, unbalanced vs. balanced, and when they can be interchanged.
--When is a preamp required?
--How to deal with acoustic instruments.
--Adjusting levels and gains
--Where should gain be set relative to the fader? What is headroom?
--‘Tuning’ a room by adjusting frequencies to improve sound and avoid feedback.
Within this structure we want to make it useful to you – we’ll adapt the class as we go along based on your questions and interest.
Class fee is $20, which includes a $10 store credit at Chuck Levins. The store is located one block from the Red Line at the Wheaton stop, or driving to 11151 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton, MD 20902. Wednesday, January 8 6:30 – 8pm. The store will be open until 9pm.
Payment: As soon as you register, go to Paypal to pay for the class via this link. If you don’t pay within 24 hours, we’ll open up your slot to someone else!
Need more in depth instruction? Let us know! Tell us what you want to learn about and we’ll set up a class.
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