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The Signal to Noise podcast features conversations with people from all corners of the live sound industry, from FOH and monitor engineers, tour managers, Broadway sound designers, broadcast mixers, system engineers, and more.

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The Signal to Noise podcast features conversations with people from all corners of the live sound industry, from FOH and monitor engineers, tour managers, Broadway sound designers, broadcast mixers, system engineers, and more.

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256. Broadway Sound Engineer Heather Augustine

6/21/2024
Fresh off mixing the Broadway musical The Outsiders to a Tony Award win for Best Sound Design of a Musical for sound designer Cody Spencer, Broadway sound engineer and regular SoundGirls contributor Heather Augustine sits down with Andy and Sean to chat about her long touring career (including Billy Elliot, Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, and Mean Girls), her transition from touring to subbing on Broadway shows such Funny Girl, SIX, and A Beautiful Noise to mixing her first full-time show on Broadway, and more. This episode is sponsored by Allen & Heath and RCF. Episode Links: Heather Augustine On SoundGirls Clip From Mix Training Video For The 2019 National Tour Of Miss Saigon NPR Article Featuring Heather Heather On The SoundGirls Podcast Episode 256 Transcript Be sure to check out the Signal To Noise Facebook Group and Discord Server. Both are spaces for listeners to create to generate conversations around the people and topics covered in the podcast — we want your questions and comments! Also please check out and support The Roadie Clinic, Their mission is simple. “We exist to empower & heal roadies and their families by providing resources & services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle.” The Signal To Noise Podcast on ProSoundWeb is co-hosted by pro audio veterans Andy Leviss and Sean Walker. Want to be a part of the show? If you have a quick tip to share, or a question for the hosts, past or future guests, or listeners at home, we’d love to include it in a future episode. You can send it to us one of two ways: 1) If you want to send it in as text and have us read it, or record your own short audio file, send it to signal2noise@prosoundweb.com with the subject “Tips” or “Questions” 2) If you want a quick easy way to do a short (90s or less) audio recording, go to https://www.speakpipe.com/S2N and leave us a voicemail there Episode 256 Transcript

Duration:00:58:05

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255. Sound Engineer Joe “Chef” McGrath

6/14/2024
In Episode 255, Andy is joined by DC-area based sound engineer Joe “Chef” McGrath, fresh off working together on a now rare “industrial musical” in NY this week. They start off talking about Joe’s extensive work as the mixer for the Ultimate Rap League, and why the mic of choice for them for rap battles might be the brand you’d expect, but almost certainly isn’t the model you’d guess! This episode is sponsored by Allen & Heath and RCF. From there, they discuss different aspects of freelance life, including setting and negotiating rates, and when and how to take a gig you really want even if they can’t pay your usual rates without getting taken advantage of. Episode Links: Ultimate Rap League Episode 255 Transcript Be sure to check out the Signal To Noise Facebook Group and Discord Server. Both are spaces for listeners to create to generate conversations around the people and topics covered in the podcast — we want your questions and comments! Also please check out and support The Roadie Clinic, Their mission is simple. “We exist to empower & heal roadies and their families by providing resources & services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle.” The Signal To Noise Podcast on ProSoundWeb is co-hosted by pro audio veterans Andy Leviss and Sean Walker. Want to be a part of the show? If you have a quick tip to share, or a question for the hosts, past or future guests, or listeners at home, we’d love to include it in a future episode. You can send it to us one of two ways: 1) If you want to send it in as text and have us read it, or record your own short audio file, send it to signal2noise@prosoundweb.com with the subject “Tips” or “Questions” 2) If you want a quick easy way to do a short (90s or less) audio recording, go to https://www.speakpipe.com/S2N and leave us a voicemail there

Duration:01:11:23

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254. An End-Of-Spring Check-In On A Variety Of Recent Sonic Adventures

6/6/2024
It’s time for an end-of-spring check-in, as Andy and Sean sit down at the microphones in Episode 254 to catch up on everything they’ve been up to the last month. Sean talks about his trip to Texas to help with a loudspeaker demo for RCF and gives Andy and the listeners a follow-up on his adventures in freewire DSP from a couple episodes ago. Meanwhile, Andy shares some stories and thoughts from a busy month of out-of-town jobs, including a massive multi-city corporate event, a major show mishap that made an online “AV Rigging Disasters” page, and mixing monitors for a huge concert at the Kennedy Center. Some of the tech tips that come up this week include using Unity Connect for passing Dante audio over the internet, and the power of the latest generation of noise reduction processors. This episode is sponsored by Allen & Heath and RCF. Andy and Sean also spend a bit of time talking about finding gigs and evaluating resumes — specifically when being an audio “Renaissance person”/jack of all trades is a good thing, and when it’s not. Be sure to check out the Signal To Noise Facebook Group and Discord Server. Both are spaces for listeners to create to generate conversations around the people and topics covered in the podcast — we want your questions and comments! Also please check out and support The Roadie Clinic, Their mission is simple. “We exist to empower & heal roadies and their families by providing resources & services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle.” The Signal To Noise Podcast on ProSoundWeb is co-hosted by pro audio veterans Andy Leviss and Sean Walker. Want to be a part of the show? If you have a quick tip to share, or a question for the hosts, past or future guests, or listeners at home, we’d love to include it in a future episode. You can send it to us one of two ways: 1) If you want to send it in as text and have us read it, or record your own short audio file, send it to signal2noise@prosoundweb.com with the subject “Tips” or “Questions” 2) If you want a quick easy way to do a short (90s or less) audio recording, go to https://www.speakpipe.com/S2N and leave us a voicemail there Episode 254 Transcript

Duration:00:55:23

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253. FOH Engineer Paul Bevan On His Eclectic (And Quite Interesting) Career Journey

5/23/2024
Veteran front of house engineer Paul Bevan joins the show in Episode 253 and discusses his eclectic career that includes mixing a wide range of gigs, from regal (Boston Pops Fourth of July) to raucous (Mott the Hoople), and just about everything in between. This episode is sponsored by Allen & Heath and RCF. While his music mixing resume is extensive — including The Spin Doctors, Hall & Oates, The Chieftains, and more — and his corporate and broadcast resumes are equally vast, Paul is perhaps best known for helping create the genre of showing films with the score performed live by a symphony orchestra, a specialty that’s led to mixing countless performances such as the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars movies, Amadeus, and doing both the live and broadcast mixes for the Emmy Award winning Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton — Live From Lincoln Center Episode Links: Paul Bevan Website Batman Suite (excerpt from Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton — Live From Lincoln Center) Episode 253 Transcript Be sure to check out the Signal To Noise Facebook Group and Discord Server. Both are spaces for listeners to create to generate conversations around the people and topics covered in the podcast — we want your questions and comments! Also please check out and support The Roadie Clinic, Their mission is simple. “We exist to empower & heal roadies and their families by providing resources & services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle.” The Signal To Noise Podcast on ProSoundWeb is co-hosted by pro audio veterans Andy Leviss and Sean Walker. Want to be a part of the show? If you have a quick tip to share, or a question for the hosts, past or future guests, or listeners at home, we’d love to include it in a future episode. You can send it to us one of two ways: 1) If you want to send it in as text and have us read it, or record your own short audio file, send it to signal2noise@prosoundweb.com with the subject “Tips” or “Questions” 2) If you want a quick easy way to do a short (90s or less) audio recording, go to https://www.speakpipe.com/S2N and leave us a voicemail there

Duration:01:08:31

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252. Elliot Carroll Of Show Imaging On The Business Side Of Audio

5/16/2024
In Episode 252, the hosts are joined by Elliot Carroll, director of audio services for Show Imaging, who talks about the business side of audio — deciding what gear to buy (or, more importantly, not buy), when to say yes or no to a proposed project, training staff, keeping staff happy and healthy on job sites, and much more. Elliot’s spent the past 20 years specializing primarily in corporate audio, with stops along the way doing festivals in below freezing weather in Denver, and even running away with the circus for a stretch. This episode is sponsored by Allen & Heath and RCF. Episode Links: Show Imaging Elliot Carroll on LinkedIn Episode 252 Transcript Be sure to check out the Signal To Noise Facebook Group and Discord Server. Both are spaces for listeners to create to generate conversations around the people and topics covered in the podcast — we want your questions and comments! Also please check out and support The Roadie Clinic, Their mission is simple. “We exist to empower & heal roadies and their families by providing resources & services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle.” The Signal To Noise Podcast on ProSoundWeb is co-hosted by pro audio veterans Andy Leviss and Sean Walker. Want to be a part of the show? If you have a quick tip to share, or a question for the hosts, past or future guests, or listeners at home, we’d love to include it in a future episode. You can send it to us one of two ways: 1) If you want to send it in as text and have us read it, or record your own short audio file, send it to signal2noise@prosoundweb.com with the subject “Tips” or “Questions” 2) If you want a quick easy way to do a short (90s or less) audio recording, go to https://www.speakpipe.com/S2N and leave us a voicemail there Episode 252 Transcript

Duration:01:32:10

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251. Broadway Sound Designer Jessica Paz

5/9/2024
In Episode 251, Tony-award sound designer Jessica Paz joins the show and talks about all things Broadway and touring sound design, including how to make a theatre sound like a stadium or an intimate office as well as the trials and tribulations of doing live theatre outdoors at New York’s iconic Delacorte Theatre for Shakespeare in the Park, and more. This episode is sponsored by Allen & Heath and RCF. Jessica’s the first, and to date only, non-male Tony-winning sound designer. She’s collaborated on Broadway productions that include Hadestown (Tony and Drama Desk Award, Best Sound Design of a Musical), A Beautiful Noise, Dear Evan Hansen, Bandstand, Disaster!, The Assembled Parties, and Fela! (Tony Award, Best Sound Design of a Musical). Episode Links: Jessica Paz Designs Meyer Sound Profile Of Jessica Paz Jessica Paz Tony Acceptance Speech Theatre Avenue: Problem Solving in Sound Design Theatre Avenue: Sound Design of Little Shop of Horrors Krotos Interview With Jessica Paz Episode 251 Transcript Be sure to check out the Signal To Noise Facebook Group and Discord Server. Both are spaces for listeners to create to generate conversations around the people and topics covered in the podcast — we want your questions and comments! Also please check out and support The Roadie Clinic, Their mission is simple. “We exist to empower & heal roadies and their families by providing resources & services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle.” The Signal To Noise Podcast on ProSoundWeb is co-hosted by pro audio veterans Andy Leviss and Sean Walker. Want to be a part of the show? If you have a quick tip to share, or a question for the hosts, past or future guests, or listeners at home, we’d love to include it in a future episode. You can send it to us one of two ways: 1) If you want to send it in as text and have us read it, or record your own short audio file, send it to signal2noise@prosoundweb.com with the subject “Tips” or “Questions” 2) If you want a quick easy way to do a short (90s or less) audio recording, go to https://www.speakpipe.com/S2N and leave us a voicemail there

Duration:01:13:14

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250. The Early Days Of Grunge With FOH Engineer Craig Montgomery

5/3/2024
In Episode 250, Sean and Andy take it back to the early days of grunge when they talk to Craig Montgomery, the front of house engineer for Nirvana. He details mixing and managing small tours and festivals in a van with Kurt, Dave, and Krist from 1989 to 1993 as well as going on to tour manage for Hole, and mix and tour manage other well-known artists including TAD, Mudhoney, Weezer, and The Presidents of the United States. This episode is sponsored by Allen & Heath and RCF. After getting off the road, Craig settled back home in Seattle, where he had a nearly 15-year tenure as the house sound engineer for famed venue The Triple Door, which he’s only recently retired from. And, as always, there are lots of useful tips and tricks scattered in with all the amazing history Craig has to share, so you’ll definitely want to give this one a listen! Episode Links: Craig Montgomery Reddit AMA Photos From The Nirvana Days 99 Percent Invisible: “Whomst Amongst Us Let The Dogs Out” American Songwriter: Nirvana Sound Engineer Craig Montgomery Shares Stories About the Band Episode 250 Transcript Be sure to check out the Signal To Noise Facebook Group and Discord Server. Both are spaces for listeners to create to generate conversations around the people and topics covered in the podcast — we want your questions and comments! Also please check out and support The Roadie Clinic, Their mission is simple. “We exist to empower & heal roadies and their families by providing resources & services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle.” The Signal To Noise Podcast on ProSoundWeb is co-hosted by pro audio veterans Andy Leviss and Sean Walker. Want to be a part of the show? If you have a quick tip to share, or a question for the hosts, past or future guests, or listeners at home, we’d love to include it in a future episode. You can send it to us one of two ways: 1) If you want to send it in as text and have us read it, or record your own short audio file, send it to signal2noise@prosoundweb.com with the subject “Tips” or “Questions” 2) If you want a quick easy way to do a short (90s or less) audio recording, go to https://www.speakpipe.com/S2N and leave us a voicemail there

Duration:01:01:46

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249. Sam Kusnetz Of QLab & Founder Of Team Sound

4/25/2024
In Episode 249, Sean and Andy gather around the microphones with Sam Kusnetz, education and training manager for Figure 53’s QLab and founder of Team Sound, maker of MIDI hardware and testers specifically designed for live audio playback users. Sam talks about growing up and falling into theatre in New York, working on smaller tours and regional theatres across the country, and then eventually settling into a dual role as a NY-based associate sound designer and, for the last decade and change, a core member of the QLab support and development team. Sam and the hosts focus on using QLab across all aspects of live sound, from theatre to corporate audio, and even employing it for more exotic things like calling followspot cues in concerts. Sam also discusses some lesser known features and tips and tricks that QLab 5 allows, shares the power of the free and daily rental licenses for QLab as well as the more standard perpetual licenses, and talks about QLab’s free sibling iPhone/iPad app, Go Button. They also spend some time talking about some of the biggest changes that came in QLab 5, such as fully chasing timecode, multi-computer client/server collaboration functions, and much more, and get a brief overview of Team Sound’s hardware, which is showing up in more and more sound engineers’ tool boxes every day! Episode Links: Figure 53 QLab App Go Button App Team Sound Episode 249 Transcript Be sure to check out the Signal To Noise Facebook Group and Discord Server. Both are spaces for listeners to create to generate conversations around the people and topics covered in the podcast — we want your questions and comments! Also please check out and support The Roadie Clinic, Their mission is simple. “We exist to empower & heal roadies and their families by providing resources & services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle.” The Signal To Noise Podcast on ProSoundWeb is co-hosted by pro audio veterans Andy Leviss and Sean Walker. Want to be a part of the show? If you have a quick tip to share, or a question for the hosts, past or future guests, or listeners at home, we’d love to include it in a future episode. You can send it to us one of two ways: 1) If you want to send it in as text and have us read it, or record your own short audio file, send it to signal2noise@prosoundweb.com with the subject “Tips” or “Questions” 2) If you want a quick easy way to do a short (90s or less) audio recording, go to https://www.speakpipe.com/S2N and leave us a voicemail there

Duration:01:25:23

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248. Burton Ishmael, Front Of House Engineer

4/18/2024
In Episode 248, the hosts visit with front of house engineer Burton Ishmael, who is currently mixing Madonna’s global Celebration tour, and learn about how the artist sought him out after hearing him mix Post Malone, the latest in a list of A-List hip-hop and R&B acts on his resume that also includes Lil Baby, Nas, Big Sean, Miguel, and H.E.R., and others. This episode is sponsored by Allen & Heath and RCF. They also talk about what it takes to make a concert spanning a 40-year career sound coherent and contemporary while still remaining true to the individual eras of the artist’s career, as well as the unique collaborative process involved in mixing the vocals and effects for Madonna. And, they spend some time digging into Burton’s outboard signal chains for both Madonna and Post Malone. Episode Links: Burton Ishmael On YouTube Rig Tour: Post Malone Front Of House Engineer Burton Ishmael (YouTube) This is DeLaCruz! — Running Sound For Madonna — Burton Ishmael (YouTube) Episode 248 Transcript Be sure to check out the Signal To Noise Facebook Group and Discord Server. Both are spaces for listeners to create to generate conversations around the people and topics covered in the podcast — we want your questions and comments! Also please check out and support The Roadie Clinic, Their mission is simple. “We exist to empower & heal roadies and their families by providing resources & services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle.” The Signal To Noise Podcast on ProSoundWeb is co-hosted by pro audio veterans Andy Leviss and Sean Walker. Want to be a part of the show? If you have a quick tip to share, or a question for the hosts, past or future guests, or listeners at home, we’d love to include it in a future episode. You can send it to us one of two ways: 1) If you want to send it in as text and have us read it, or record your own short audio file, send it to signal2noise@prosoundweb.com with the subject “Tips” or “Questions” 2) If you want a quick easy way to do a short (90s or less) audio recording, go to https://www.speakpipe.com/S2N and leave us a voicemail there

Duration:00:53:37

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247. A Visit To RCF, Fun In Italy & The Importance Of Taking A Break

4/11/2024
In Episode 247, the co-hosts catch up after Sean returns from his first vacation since starting his company. Sean fills Andy in on turning a trip to visit the RCF factory into a vacation for his entire family. He gives a recap of his awesome time visiting the factory and seeing how the loudspeakers he’s bought for his company are made and tested, plus an obligatory stop for fantastic Neapolitan pizza and other Italy must-sees. The discussion turns to acknowledging how important time off is, and how hard it is to realize that you’re overworking or burning out until you do finally take a break, intentionally or otherwise. This episode is sponsored by Allen & Heath and RCF. Be sure to check out the Signal To Noise Facebook Group and Discord Server. Both are spaces for listeners to create to generate conversations around the people and topics covered in the podcast — we want your questions and comments! Also please check out and support The Roadie Clinic, Their mission is simple. “We exist to empower & heal roadies and their families by providing resources & services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle.” The Signal To Noise Podcast on ProSoundWeb is co-hosted by pro audio veterans Andy Leviss and Sean Walker. Want to be a part of the show? If you have a quick tip to share, or a question for the hosts, past or future guests, or listeners at home, we’d love to include it in a future episode. You can send it to us one of two ways: 1) If you want to send it in as text and have us read it, or record your own short audio file, send it to signal2noise@prosoundweb.com with the subject “Tips” or “Questions” 2) If you want a quick easy way to do a short (90s or less) audio recording, go to https://www.speakpipe.com/S2N and leave us a voicemail there Episode 247 Transcript

Duration:00:48:54

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246. Finance Ninja & Theatre Nerd Bailie Slevin

3/27/2024
In Episode 246, Sean, Andy and guest co-host Kate Foretek talk with financial advisor Bailie Slevin to get the lowdown on making your money work for you as a freelancer to plan for both the future you expect, and the one you don’t! This episode is sponsored by Allen & Heath and RCF. A combination of finance ninja and theatre nerd, Bailie is a business management and financial consultant focused specifically on working with creatives of all types. With 10 years of experience as a financial adviser and a hefty résumé in theater, she is re-defining planning for artists and entrepreneurs. Bailie has worked with Certified Financial Services and Forest Hills Financial Group in finance, and teaches financial literacy and wellbeing workshops, and speaks throughout the NY region on the specifics of financial management for artists. As a stage manager, general manager, and producer on Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway, Tony, Drama Desk, OBIE, and IT Awards pepper Slevin’s résumé. Some of her favorite projects include “The Norman Conquests,” “Altar Boyz,” “Naked Boys Singing!,” “Pursuit of Persephone,” “A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant,” and “Popesical,” in Concert at Joe’s Pub. She currently serves as a board member for The Tank NYC, a non-profit arts presenter for emerging artists engaged in the pursuit of new forms of expression, and Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU), a training ground for tomorrows theatrical producers. Savings versus debt, retirement accounts, the different types of life insurance, and more are all laid out on the table in this discussion. If you ever thought that liquid assets are something you buy at the corner liquor store, this is definitely the episode for you! Note: The things discussed in this episode are for informational purposes only, and may not necessarily be the right choices for you. Be sure to talk to a financial advisor who knows your situation before making any investment, savings, or other financial decisions! If you’d like to talk to Bailie about your specific needs, reach out to her via her website, and mention that you heard this episode to get a totally free, no commitment 30-minute consultation. Episode Links: Bailie Slevin Website Pound Foolish, by Helaine Olen Episode 246 Transcript Be sure to check out the Signal To Noise Facebook Group and Discord Server. Both are spaces for listeners to create to generate conversations around the people and topics covered in the podcast — we want your questions and comments! Also please check out and support The Roadie Clinic, Their mission is simple. “We exist to empower & heal roadies and their families by providing resources & services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle.” The Signal To Noise Podcast on ProSoundWeb is co-hosted by pro audio veterans Andy Leviss and Sean Walker. Want to be a part of the show? If you have a quick tip to share, or a question for the hosts, past or future guests, or listeners at home, we’d love to include it in a future episode. You can send it to us one of two ways: 1) If you want to send it in as text and have us read it, or record your own short audio file, send it to signal2noise@prosoundweb.com

Duration:01:09:38

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245. Kenny Barnwell On Maintaining Healthy Relationships When Working Away From Home

3/21/2024
Kenny Barnwell joins Andy in Episode 245 to discuss how to nurture and maintain healthy relationships while working away from home. His advice — which even those who don’t tour will find valuable — touches on communication strategies, mutual support and accountability, self-awareness and boundaries, and how to include your family in your life and your work when working away from home. This episode is sponsored by Allen & Heath and RCF. Subjects they touch on include managing work schedules, setting shared goals and priorities, developing trust and confidence, and so much more, as well as the importance of maintaining physical and mental health on and off tour. Finally, Kenny also shares his thoughts on how to smoothly re-enter life at home when a tour ends. Episode Links: Episode 211: Kenny Barnwell, Crew Coach Episode 242: Mark Russie Crew Coach Kenny On Facebook Kenny’s IG: @thekennybarnwell Headspace Guide to Meditation Episode 245 Transcript Free Stuff! Free Crew Coach Masterclass from Kenny from Kenny for S2N listeners Mark Fisher Fitness HomeBody (Andy’s virtual gym). As a special offer for Signal to Noise listeners, if you email funstuff@markfisherfitness.com and tell them you heard about them on Signal to Noise, they’ll give you a free week of their HomeBody Zoom-based workout classes — you might even see Andy in a class with you if you do! Be sure to check out the Signal To Noise Facebook Group and Discord Server. Both are spaces for listeners to create to generate conversations around the people and topics covered in the podcast — we want your questions and comments! Also please check out and support The Roadie Clinic, Their mission is simple. “We exist to empower & heal roadies and their families by providing resources & services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle.” The Signal To Noise Podcast on ProSoundWeb is co-hosted by pro audio veterans Andy Leviss and Sean Walker. Want to be a part of the show? If you have a quick tip to share, or a question for the hosts, past or future guests, or listeners at home, we’d love to include it in a future episode. You can send it to us one of two ways: 1) If you want to send it in as text and have us read it, or record your own short audio file, send it to signal2noise@prosoundweb.com with the subject “Tips” or “Questions” 2) If you want a quick easy way to do a short (90s or less) audio recording, go to https://www.speakpipe.com/S2N and leave us a voicemail there Episode 245 Transcript

Duration:01:17:04

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244. Continuing The Deep Dive Into Corporate Event Audio

3/13/2024
Picking up where they left off in last time (here), in Episode 244 Sean and Andy continue their roundtable on corporate event audio with Aram Piligian, Brian Maddox, and Michael Curtis. Previously, they looked at the input side of corporate audio, and this time, focus shifts to the outputs — how to balance the needs of the live sound in the room with both recordings and live streams as well as how to minimize the sound of the room in a stream and why that may or may not be desirable. They also discuss how to keep an eye and ear on those feeds while still paying attention to the needs of the live audience, and tricks and techniques to get streams to sound as loud as they need to. This episode is sponsored by Allen & Heath and RCF. Links: Episode 151: Brian Maddox & The Next Generation Of Audio Professionals Episode 155, Part 1: Aram Piligian On The A2 Role In Corporate Audio Episode 179: FOH Mixer, Systems Engineer & Audio Educator Michael Curtis Episode 227: Events Mix Engineer Pete Wiejaczka Episode 244 Transcript Be sure to check out the Signal To Noise Facebook Group and Discord Server. Both are spaces for listeners to create to generate conversations around the people and topics covered in the podcast — we want your questions and comments! Also please check out and support The Roadie Clinic, Their mission is simple. “We exist to empower & heal roadies and their families by providing resources & services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle.” The Signal To Noise Podcast on ProSoundWeb is co-hosted by pro audio veterans Andy Leviss and Sean Walker. Want to be a part of the show? If you have a quick tip to share, or a question for the hosts, past or future guests, or listeners at home, we’d love to include it in a future episode. You can send it to us one of two ways: 1) If you want to send it in as text and have us read it, or record your own short audio file, send it to signal2noise@prosoundweb.com with the subject “Tips” or “Questions” 2) If you want a quick easy way to do a short (90s or less) audio recording, go to https://www.speakpipe.com/S2N and leave us a voicemail there Episode 244 Transcript

Duration:01:05:13

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243. A Deep Dive Into Mixing Corporate Events

3/7/2024
Many of us spend tons of time talking about things like crafting the perfect kick drum or guitar or lead vocal, but in Episode 243, we focus the podcast on another important but less recognized set of “money” inputs — corporate event vocals. In part one of a two-part deep dive into mixing corporate events, Andy and Sean bring together a collection of top A1s in the business — Aram Piligian, Brian Maddox, and Michael Curtis — to talk about all things input chain. They discuss types of lavalier mics and where to mount them, placement and pattern of lectern microphones, and peel back the curtain on the processing tricks and tips that can help to make sure the message gets across clearly in a deceptively high-pressure field of live audio where literally all of the money sometimes rides on a single, unaccompanied input. This episode is sponsored by Allen & Heath and RCF. In part two next week, focus turns to the output side of the corporate event signal chain, with a look at the differences between the live in-room sound and recording or streaming feeds as well as strategies for managing them all from one console at the same time! Links: Episode 151: Brian Maddox & The Next Generation Of Audio Professionals Episode 155, Part 1: Aram Piligian On The A2 Role In Corporate Audio Episode 179: FOH Mixer, Systems Engineer & Audio Educator Michael Curtis Episode 227: Events Mix Engineer Pete Wiejaczka Episode 243 Transcript Be sure to check out the Signal To Noise Facebook Group and Discord Server. Both are spaces for listeners to create to generate conversations around the people and topics covered in the podcast — we want your questions and comments! Also please check out and support The Roadie Clinic, Their mission is simple. “We exist to empower & heal roadies and their families by providing resources & services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle.” The Signal To Noise Podcast on ProSoundWeb is co-hosted by pro audio veterans Andy Leviss and Sean Walker. Want to be a part of the show? If you have a quick tip to share, or a question for the hosts, past or future guests, or listeners at home, we’d love to include it in a future episode. You can send it to us one of two ways: 1) If you want to send it in as text and have us read it, or record your own short audio file, send it to signal2noise@prosoundweb.com with the subject “Tips” or “Questions” 2) If you want a quick easy way to do a short (90s or less) audio recording, go to https://www.speakpipe.com/S2N and leave us a voicemail there

Duration:01:00:56

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242. Mark Russie, From Long-Time Audio Pro To Inventor/Entrepreneur

2/28/2024
In Episode 242, Andy and guest host Aram Piligian talk with Mark Russie, who retired from a long career as a Las Vegas-based A1 and A2 to start a small business manufacturing the Lav Magnet and Beltpack Bar, tools he originally invented to make his own life on corporate events easier. Mark shares the story of how, after multiple manufacturers told him his product wouldn’t be feasible, he set up a shop in his garage and learned to do it himself, as well as highlights of his career that inspired the Lav Magnet, and what it’s like being an IATSE job steward in one of the busiest and highest profile union locals in the country. This episode is sponsored by Allen & Heath and RCF. This week, we also introduce a new segment, where we take listener questions and–together with some guest contributors–answer them on air. This week, Courtney Klimson (The Roadie Clinic) and Kenny Barnwell (Crew Coach) offer advice on maintaining and sustaining a relationship at home while working on the road. NOTE: Mark is generously offering a special rebate offer for listeners — just mention Signal to Noise in the “order notes” field of his website when checking out, and Mark will give you a 10 percent rebate and free regular shipping back to your card once the order is shipped! Episode Links Lav Magnet Episode 242 Transcript You’re Invited To Take The Philosophy Of (Live) Sound Survey (here). Be sure to check out the Signal To Noise Facebook Group and Discord Server. Both are spaces for listeners to create to generate conversations around the people and topics covered in the podcast — we want your questions and comments! Also please check out and support The Roadie Clinic, Their mission is simple. “We exist to empower & heal roadies and their families by providing resources & services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle.” The Signal To Noise Podcast on ProSoundWeb is co-hosted by pro audio veterans Andy Leviss and Sean Walker. Want to be a part of the show? If you have a quick tip to share, or a question for the hosts, past or future guests, or listeners at home, we’d love to include it in a future episode. You can send it to us one of two ways: 1) If you want to send it in as text and have us read it, or record your own short audio file, send it to signal2noise@prosoundweb.com with the subject “Tips” or “Questions” 2) If you want a quick easy way to do a short (90s or less) audio recording, go to https://www.speakpipe.com/S2N and leave us a voicemail there Episode 242 Transcript

Duration:01:04:24

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241. Richard Cadena, “Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician & Technician”

2/21/2024
In a “shocking” Episode 241, Sean and Andy talk with Richard Cadena, author of the book “Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician & Technician” as well as serving as a freelance lighting designer, lighting consultant, and trainer. He’s worked on concert tours, television, and theatre, and has designed dozens of lighting systems for permanent installations. Richard is also the technical editor for PLASA Media and a columnist for Lighting & Sound America, Lighting & Sound International, and Protocol, and is a member in good standing of IATSE Local 205. This episode is sponsored by Allen & Heath and RCF. Topics covered include power distribution and safety, ESTA’s Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) Certified Entertainment Electrician and Portable Power Distribution Certifications, why most rental shop quad boxes are dangerous, what types of multimeters to buy for maximum utility and safety, and much more! Richard would like to thank Overdrive Energy Solutions and Neel Vasavada, Boxer Hardison, and Sean Jacobs, who brought him in on the battery/inverter gigs he talks about in the episode. Episode Links “Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician & Technician” (Richard’s book) Richard’s Online & In-Person Training Richard On Substack Overdrive Energy Solutions The Case of the Deadly Arc Flash (article) Fluke 323 True RMS Clamp Meter Ideal TightSight Clamp Meters & SureTest Circuit Analyzer Episode 241 Transcript Note: For a special 10 percent listener discount on Richard’s in-person classes coming up in Atlanta in March 2024, use the following coupon codes: Level 1 Training, Code PSW2024L1 Level 2 Training, Code PSW2024L2 You’re Invited To Take The Philosophy Of (Live) Sound Survey (here). Be sure to check out the Signal To Noise Facebook Group and Discord Server. Both are spaces for listeners to create to generate conversations around the people and topics covered in the podcast — we want your questions and comments! Also please check out and support The Roadie Clinic, Their mission is simple. “We exist to empower & heal roadies and their families by providing resources & services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle.” The Signal To Noise Podcast on ProSoundWeb is co-hosted by pro audio veterans Andy Leviss and Sean Walker. Want to be a part of the show? If you have a quick tip to share, or a question for the hosts, past or future guests, or listeners at home, we’d love to include it in a future episode. You can send it to us one of two ways: 1) If you want to send it in as text and have us read it, or record your own short audio file, send it to signal2noise@prosoundweb.com with the subject “Tips” or “Questions” 2) If you want a quick easy way to do a

Duration:01:24:13

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240. Dave Unger, Veteran FOH Engineer/Tour Manager

2/14/2024
Chicago-based front of house engineer and tour manager Dave Unger joins the show in Episode 240 and talks about his career mixing high-energy world music artists that include Femi Kuti and the Positive Force, Bombino, Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars, and many others at some of the highest profile venues and festivals in the world such as Coachella, the New Orleans and Montreal Jazz Festivals, Philharmonie de Paris, Bonnaroo, the Hollywood Bowl, the 9:30 Club, The Apollo, Austin City Limits, and more. This episode is sponsored by Allen & Heath and RCF. Dave also talks about his work as the house engineer for the Old Town School of Folk Music, and mixing broadcast for Smoky Norful’s Victory Cathedral Worship Center, and extols the virtues of the world of Chicago pizza beyond deep dish! Episode Links: Dave Unger On Facebook & Instagram Dave Unger Sound Kenji López-Alt’s Dive Into Chicago Tavern Pizza Episode 240 Transcript NOTE: You’re Invited To Take The Philosophy Of (Live) Sound Survey (here). Be sure to check out the Signal To Noise Facebook Group and Discord Server. Both are spaces for listeners to create to generate conversations around the people and topics covered in the podcast — we want your questions and comments! Also please check out and support The Roadie Clinic, Their mission is simple. “We exist to empower & heal roadies and their families by providing resources & services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle.” The Signal To Noise Podcast on ProSoundWeb is co-hosted by pro audio veterans Andy Leviss and Sean Walker. Want to be a part of the show? If you have a quick tip to share, or a question for the hosts, past or future guests, or listeners at home, we’d love to include it in a future episode. You can send it to us one of two ways: 1) If you want to send it in as text and have us read it, or record your own short audio file, send it to signal2noise@prosoundweb.com with the subject “Tips” or “Questions” 2) If you want a quick easy way to do a short (90s or less) audio recording, go to https://www.speakpipe.com/S2N and leave us a voicemail there Episode 240 Transcript

Duration:01:06:10

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239. Marc Alan, FOH Engineer For The Legendary Jose Feliciano & More

2/7/2024
In Episode 239, the hosts are joined by Marc Alan, front of house engineer for legendary artist Jose Feliciano as well as the production manager and FOH at the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, CT and the marketing director of Factory Underground Studio. He goes deep on what it’s like working with an artist like Jose at this point of his incredibly long career, and he also talks about how to establish an optimum relationship between house engineer and guests who come in with bands — an especially fun conversation since Marc and Andy met last year when Marc guested at Andy’s venue! This episode is sponsored by Allen & Heath and RCF. Episode Links Marc Alan On LinkedIn Wall Street Theater Factory Underground Studio Episode 239 Transcript NOTE: You’re Invited To Take The Philosophy Of (Live) Sound Survey (here). Be sure to check out the Signal To Noise Facebook Group and Discord Server. Both are spaces for listeners to create to generate conversations around the people and topics covered in the podcast — we want your questions and comments! Also please check out and support The Roadie Clinic, Their mission is simple. “We exist to empower & heal roadies and their families by providing resources & services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle.” The Signal To Noise Podcast on ProSoundWeb is co-hosted by pro audio veterans Andy Leviss and Sean Walker. Want to be a part of the show? If you have a quick tip to share, or a question for the hosts, past or future guests, or listeners at home, we’d love to include it in a future episode. You can send it to us one of two ways: 1) If you want to send it in as text and have us read it, or record your own short audio file, send it to signal2noise@prosoundweb.com with the subject “Tips” or “Questions” 2) If you want a quick easy way to do a short (90s or less) audio recording, go to https://www.speakpipe.com/S2N and leave us a voicemail there Episode 239 Transcript

Duration:01:10:19

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238. Mr. Sean Goes To The NAMM Show

1/31/2024
Last week, while Andy was home in NY catching up on work after a vacation in Iceland, Sean headed to LA (well, Anaheim) to take in the 2024 NAMM Show. In Episode 238, the two catch up — Sean talks about everything he saw and learned at the show, how lessons learned at a trade show translate to how we run live events and shows, getting to meet up with a handful of friends and listeners from the Signal to Noise Discord Server, and more. Andy also talks about the stunning beauty of Iceland, from geysers to the aurora borealis (northern lights), and why you might want to bundle up and visit there this fall! This episode is sponsored by Allen & Heath and RCF. Episode Links NAMM 2024 NAMM Show Coverage On PSW Iceland Highlights — Þingvellir, Geysirs & Gullfoss Episode 238 Transcript Be sure to check out the Signal To Noise Facebook Group and Discord Server. Both are spaces for listeners to create to generate conversations around the people and topics covered in the podcast — we want your questions and comments! Also please check out and support The Roadie Clinic, Their mission is simple. “We exist to empower & heal roadies and their families by providing resources & services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle.” The Signal To Noise Podcast on ProSoundWeb is co-hosted by pro audio veterans Andy Leviss and Sean Walker. Want to be a part of the show? If you have a quick tip to share, or a question for the hosts, past or future guests, or listeners at home, we’d love to include it in a future episode. You can send it to us one of two ways: 1) If you want to send it in as text and have us read it, or record your own short audio file, send it to signal2noise@prosoundweb.com with the subject “Tips” or “Questions” 2) If you want a quick easy way to do a short (90s or less) audio recording, go to https://www.speakpipe.com/S2N and leave us a voicemail there Episode 238 Transcript

Duration:01:00:17

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237. Audio For The Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps

1/24/2024
In Episode 237, four members of the audio team for Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps — Jonathan Yoo, Rosa Westfall, Tyler Hanson and Cole O’Malley — join Andy Leviss to talk about what goes into reinforcing sound for a modern Drum Corps International performance. They provide an in-depth look at the ins and outs of a true “battleground” audio situation, with 90 seconds or less to set up line arrays, wired microphones, and dozens of channels of wireless in some of the largest stadiums in the world! This episode is sponsored by Allen & Heath and RCF. Episode Links Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps Drum Corps International (Marching Music’s Major League) Carolina Crown Show — 2023 Carolina Crown Show — 2012 (Cole’s Favorite) Andy’s High School Band Circa 1998 Episode Transcript Be sure to check out the Signal To Noise Facebook Group and Discord Server. Both are spaces for listeners to create to generate conversations around the people and topics covered in the podcast — we want your questions and comments! Also please check out and support The Roadie Clinic, Their mission is simple. “We exist to empower & heal roadies and their families by providing resources & services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle.” The Signal To Noise Podcast on ProSoundWeb is co-hosted by pro audio veterans Andy Leviss and Sean Walker. Want to be a part of the show? If you have a quick tip to share, or a question for the hosts, past or future guests, or listeners at home, we’d love to include it in a future episode. You can send it to us one of two ways: 1) If you want to send it in as text and have us read it, or record your own short audio file, send it to signal2noise@prosoundweb.com with the subject “Tips” or “Questions” 2) If you want a quick easy way to do a short (90s or less) audio recording, go to https://www.speakpipe.com/S2N and leave us a voicemail there Episode Transcript

Duration:01:12:16