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Signal To Noise Podcast is about having conversations with people from all over the audio industry. We discuss everything from career path, technical knowledge, how-to steps, real-life stories and more that we can all resonate with or relate too. Hosted by Michael Lawrence, technical editor for ProSoundWeb & Live Sound International along with pro audio veterans Kyle Chirnside and Chris Leonard.
 
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Steve Adelman returns to the podcast on episode 112, to give an update on live event safety. They discuss many COVID-19 related topics such as liability, rights of venues/attendees, cancelation policies, insurance, and more. Steve Adelman is head of Adelman Law Group, PLLC and Vice President of the Event Safety Alliance. His law practice focuses on…
 
What do flying a plane and mixing live sound have in common? Ngaio Nobumoto joins the hosts on episode 111 to discuss his work as a house engineer based out of Las Vegas. He also talks about his work as a commercial pilot and more. Born in Las Vegas to a family of artists and raised between California and Vegas, Ngaio found his passion for music at…
 
On Episode 110 Jeff Hawley joins the hosts to discuss the Philosophy of Sound. Minds are melted in this discussion as they contemplate questions like; where does sound actually occur, how do you define what sound is, and more Hawley recently presented a research project on the topic called Doing a Double Take: (Further) Against the Primary Sound Ac…
 
Charlie Hughes is a loudspeaker design and measurement expert with over three decades of experience. He is currently a Principal Engineer at Biamp, and in the past has worked with AMFG, Altec Lansing, and Peavey, and also runs his own company, Excelsior Audio Design & Services. In this episode, he chats with the hosts about his journey and passion …
 
SPL is a hairy beast, one that can be misconstrued too easily. This week on the Church Sound Podcast, Michael Lawrence is back to chat with me about what Sound Pressure Level means for us sound engineers and how we can start measuring and understanding its consequences. Michael's System Tech Blog Rational Acoustics' YouTube Check out other episodes…
 
Jade Payne joins the hosts on episode 108 to talk about some of her work with artists like Bikini Kill and Khruangbin. She has been in the industry for over a decade with roots in the punk rock scene. Jade recently got an Allen & Heath dLive CTI1500, and they discuss the benefits of owning your own gear and how it can improve your work. She also ta…
 
Jess Berg returns to the show as a special guest host for a wide-ranging conversation with jazz mixer Claudia Engelhart, best known for her work with guitarist Bill Frisell. Claudia discusses her unlikely roots, her unique approaches to her work, and her own journey through developing her skills. Check out her article on ProSoundWeb This episode is…
 
The hosts (and guest host Kevin McCoy) are joined by theatrical sound designer Daniel Lundberg and theater sound mixer Mike Tracey for a lively conversation about design, mixing, and careers in technical theater. We also discuss the A/B system design on Jagged Little Pill, and Mike treats everyone to some GSM buzz for old times' sake. Daniel Lundbe…
 
Live Sound Bootcamp is on our Podcast network and hosted by Ryan O John, Brendan Dreaper, and Joe Santarpia. In this episode, the hosts catch up with Michael Lawrence, a freelance audio engineer well known for his work with the Signal to Noise podcast, as well as his incredibly geeky articles for Live Sound International and ProSoundWeb, Smaart web…
 
On episode 105 the hosts are joined by Jess Berg an audio engineer, PM, and TM. She got her start playing music at a young age but quickly fell in love with the audio and production side of the business. Jess has toured with artists like Dr. John, Waka Flocka Flame, Quadron, and more. Neil Diamond was the first person to pay Jess to play guitar whe…
 
The hosts are joined by audio engineer and PR guru Daniel Liston Keller, CEO of Get It In Writing, Inc. The discussion explores the importance of culture and storytelling with audio brands, secret unreleased audio gear, and discovering career paths in audio. Join our Mentorship Program here:https://forms.gle/ZhsJP5D6BFiBLZiX8 This episode is sponso…
 
On this episode, the hosts are joined by audio engineer and sound designer Kyle Jensen, who is the Interim Head of Audio at the Dallas Theater Center. They discuss different approaches to theatrical sound design, working within technical and budgetary constraints, getting started in technical writing, and some emergent technologies in the theater s…
 
On episode 102 the hosts are joined by Audrey Martinovich. She is the Co-owner of Audio for the Arts, Wisconsin-based recording studio specializing in acoustic music, and is a trusted engineer and producer for artists in the Midwest and beyond. Audrey started her journey as an opera singer who wanted to learn more about recording. A graduate of Mad…
 
On episode 101 the hosts are joined by Chris Demonbreun who is a system engineer with Sound Image. Some of his recent tours were with Imagin Dragons, Chris Young, and Zac Brown Band. Chris graduated from MTSU where he fell in love with live sound. He worked with Nashville regional sound company, Brantley Sound for 9 years before moving onto nationa…
 
The ProSoundWeb Signal to Noise podcast celebrates the release of its 100th episode (Wednesday, May 5) with a live stream special edition featuring Jim Yakabuski, a music performance by noted artist Mike Green (his track “Break Free” is the show’s theme song), and special prize giveaways that include an Allen & Heath SQ Series mixer, a Mic Bundle f…
 
Rachael Moser joins the hosts on episode 99 to discuss the path she took to become a system tech with Clair Global. They discuss some issues they have encountered on shows, including a time when Rachel had to smack an analog console to bring the left side of the PA back to life mid-show. A veteran of more than 15 years in professional audio, Rachae…
 
On Episode 98, the hosts are joined by Jay Clark of Kinetic Audio Technology. They discuss what goes into Esports as Jay helped pioneer a lot of the audio technology that goes into it, one of which is elaborate intercom systems. Jay has worked in professional live audio for over 10 years now but has a pretty broad skillset such as broadcast enginee…
 
The Signal to Noise Podcast host presented virtually this year for the 2021 Central Region Audio Student Summit. C.R.A.S.S. is a student-run summit located in Webster Groves, Missouri, hosted by the AES Chapter at Webster University. This event welcomes industry professionals as well as students; high school and college, professors, and others inte…
 
On Episode 97, Becky Pell and Chad Olech join the hosts to talk all about touring. Everything from how to get on tour, what not to do while on tour, and much more of the day-to-day experiences. Enter for our 100th episode giveaways Join our new Discord Server Join our Mentorship Program here:https://forms.gle/ZhsJP5D6BFiBLZiX8 This episode is spons…
 
In episode 96 Michael, Kyle, and Chris discuss their dream gigs, what motivates them to keep going and lessons learned over the years. They also introduce the updated mentorship program. Enter for our 100th episode giveaways Join our new Discord Server Join our Mentorship Program here:https://forms.gle/ZhsJP5D6BFiBLZiX8 This episode is sponsored by…
 
In this episode, the hosts are joined by FOH Engineer Craig "Bozz" Porter to discuss his work with artists like Tanya Tucker, Jason Bonham, and more. Find out what he thinks about mixing in drum triggers while working with artists like Machine Head and other metal acts. Porter also talks about his early roots in the metal scene and how that got him…
 
This week, Michael and guest host Freyja Lawson chat with Alex Cerutti, monitor engineer for Dua Lipa and Lana Del Rey about upping their monitor mixing game. In addition, the hosts are joined by David Williams and Hannah Goodine, who both are mentored by Alex through the Signal to Noise Podcast Mentorship Program. Join our Mentorship Program here:…
 
Michael, Kyle, and Chris, along with special guests Jamie Anderson, president of Rational Acoustics, and mix engineer Ryan John, talk about the role of SPL monitoring in a modern live mixing workflow. We start with a crash course in SPL basics and then talk about how mix engineers can use various SPL metrics to enhance their mixes, rather than simp…
 
Jim Yakabuski joins us to talk about mixing in the rock n roll and corporate worlds. This was one of two panels we did at the Live Production Summit Join our new Discord Server Be sure to check out the Signal To Noise Facebook Group, & Discord Server It’s a space for listeners to create to generate conversations around the people and topics covered…
 
This is an impromptu FB live hang talking about what would be our 'dream console'? How does Allen & Heath view console ownership, riders, and product design? Does free will exist? Join our new Discord Server This episode is sponsored by Audix and Allen & Heath. Please check out and support The Roadie Clinic, Their mission is simple. "We exist to em…
 
In this episode, A-level mix engineer and product manager Ryan John returns to the show to share his approach to mixing guitars, plus the group talks about getting peer feedback on mixes, and Kyle eats an entire pack of Starburst. Check out Ryan's podcast, Live Sound Bootcamp at https://www.prosoundweb.com/podcasts/live-sound-bootcamp/. Join our ne…
 
Dwayne Roberts is an independent sound engineer and the founder of Above Standard Audio / Visual Services in the Bahamas. In this episode, we talk with Dwayne about his path through "resort sound" into starting his own company, his approach to learning new skills and teaching others, and what the President smells like up close Connect with Dwayne o…
 
In this episode, Ash Levitt, the president of Heil Sound, joins the hosts to talk about the relationship of manufactures to mix engineers and artists. Levitt has a unique background in music, live sound, and broadcast as well as in research, psychology, and data analysis. All of this combined makes for a great combination when serving clients as we…
 
Matt "Sound" Lawrence joins the show to talk about his work on global tours for artists such as Fifth Harmony, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Matisyahu, The Dirty Heads, Sublime W/Rome, and Strung Out. After many years on the road, it was time to change directions, to be with his family more. This path led him to work on the manufacturing side of the business wi…
 
This week on Eggs we have special guest Chris Leonard. Chris has been in the live audio business for nearly 20 years. Early in his career, he toured as a monitor engineer with Maryland Sound International, and such artists as Tears for Fears, Don Henley, Disturbed, Josh Groban, Anthony Hamilton, and more. Presently, Chris is the Director of Audio a…
 
In this episode, the hosts are joined by Jake Hartsfield a Nashville-based producer, mixer, and touring FOH engineer. They discuss his work with artists such as Ben Rector, Vulfpeck, Cory Wong, Kelsea Ballerini, and more. Join our new Discord Server This episode is sponsored by Audix and Allen & Heath. Please check out and support The Roadie Clinic…
 
Karrie Keyes, co-founder of SoundGirls.org, joins the podcast to talk about her transition from analog to digital and how she manages stage volume for Pearl Jam. Keyes also talks about some of her roots with artists like Fugazi and Black Flag. Some more serious conversations on the "Exit Plan," how to know when to retire or move on, and the tough c…
 
Brad Madix joins the podcast to talk about working with a wide variety of bands like Rush, Linkin Park, Van Halen, Florence + the Machine, Rage Against the Machine, and many more. Madix discusses some of his mentors like Robert Scovil as well as getting into "the great debate", subs on an aux or not? Greg Price and Brad Madix established Diablo Dig…
 
The hosts are joined by guitarist, songwriter, and producer Cory Wong. We discuss Cory's approach to mixing his own records and his perspective on his IEM mix. We also learn about Cory's tours with Vulfpeck and Ben Rector, and what it takes to be a good rhythm guitar player. Cory Wong recently launched a new YouTube series called Cory and The Wongn…
 
We hung out on Facebook Live to talk about Kyle and his time with Fall Out Boy. Willa Snow and Hanna Goodine join us as well. How and when to reach out to others for help/mentorship is a common theme on the podcast, we got into that some more on this episode. Chad Olech dropped by for a special visit as well. This episode is sponsored by Audix and …
 
Freyja Lawson joins the show to talk about being a freelance PA system tech, the challenges of staying current on many different speaker systems, and how to run your own company. Based in the UK, she got her start at Britania Row. Lawson spent part of her time during the pandemic making "how-to" videos for a series called "Locked Up With Digico" Th…
 
Dani Munoz, founder of Phantom Center and a concert and recording mix engineer, joins us this week. We talk about how he got his start in Columbia, mixing on the Waves LV1 and more. When it comes to mixing, you have to understand the vibe, especially when working with music styles like Island, Reggae, and Latin. We also discuss his work with Kali U…
 
Erik Rogers joins us in this episode, to talk about how he co-founded HelloooTV, a virtual live concert production service. We spent some time talking about his transition from being a System Tech for Godsmack to mixing FOH. This tour had over 96 inputs to mix, so we dig into his approach to keeping it all under control, especially when paying atte…
 
We spend some time wrapping up the year and talking about what we are all currently working on. Now is an excellent time to reflect on the struggles we have had and how to stay focused on moving forward and not coasting. It's been a fun year on the podcast, so we list and discuss the top 10 downloaded episodes of 2020. Michael Lawrence Reviews the …
 
Wes Stark joins us this week to talk about his experiences working with Michael through the Signal to Noise Podcast Mentorship Program. The hosts also discuss impostor syndrome, why it's okay to be wrong, and mixing at high elevations. Get involved in the mentorship program by visiting the Signal to Noise Podcast Facebook group or sending us a mess…
 
Elyssa Kohen has served as A1, A2, and Assistant Audio on tour for theatrical productions such as Frozen, RENT, School of Rock, and Motown the Musical. In this episode, she joins us along with her colleague and previous Signal to Noise guest Kevin "Beard" McCoy to talk about many aspects of her work as a touring theatrical audio professional. This …
 
Dennie Miller joins us to talk about his work as FOH engineer for Volbeat. Miller is also a highly skilled system tech. We discuss the relationship between system tech and FOH mixer and more. Miller has worked with other artists like Miguel, Godsmack, Bob Dylan and more. Check out Dennie Miller's setup on Volbeat: Volbeat: Dennie Miller about his F…
 
Production and tour manager Bill Reeves joins us in this episode to talk about "how to get on tour". We also talk about Roadies of Color United which Bill and "K.C." Jackson founded in 2009. Their goal is to be a place where professionals in the industry can unite, network, promote each other and collaborate to help promote a more diverse and inclu…
 
Ken Newman joins us in this episode. Currently, he is the FOH engineer for Barry Manilow. Ken tells us all about how he built his first two mixers in the early 70's, one a Gately Pro-Kit and the other he built from scratch. We touch on various parts of his 40 plus year career working with artists like Chris Isaak, Paul Anka, Shirley Maclaine, and m…
 
Michael and Willa chat with Ashton Parsons, who mixes monitors for Disturbed and has also worked with Animals as Leaders, 98 Degrees, Bush, Anthrax, Fifth Harmony, Daya, Daughtry, Papa Roach, and many more, as monitor engineer, FOH engineer, tour manager, playback tech, and a variety of other production roles. Ashton gives some helpful guidance abo…
 
John Huntington joins us to discuss his new book Introduction to Show Networking. He is the leading expert in our industry on show networks and control systems. We discuss some of his earlier work in Vegas among other current projects he is working on. We are giving away a free copy of his book. Go to www.SignalToNoisePodcast.com and enter to win. …
 
Audix just released a simple and effective way to test in-ear monitors (IEMs) for potential damage or performance degradation. By pairing the TM2 with test and measurement software, a transfer function of an in-ear monitor can be easily generated and compared to previous measurements of the same device. Steve Young and Fred Bigeh join us in a demon…
 
Ike Zimbel joins us again to talk old school audio. Ike tells us about how he achieved Frank Zappa style studio guitar effects live in 1979, using 5-way PA systems in 1980, time aligning crossover settings in speaker cabinets, with a tape measure and more. Ike Zimbel is a wireless frequency coordinator and tech based in Toronto. A 35-plus year vete…
 
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